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  • 1 Battistero (Baptistry) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Piazza del Duomo I - 43100 Parma

    Begun in 1196, the baptistry was created in pink Veronese marble on an octagonal plan, probably by the Parma architect Antelami whose "hand" is recognised in the sculptures and the signature figure on the lintel on the north doorway. The By..

  • 2 Ducal Palace (Palazzo Ducale) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazzetta San Marco I - 46100 Mantova

    This superb palace built by the Bonacolsi, later enlarged and embellished by the Gonzagua has two admirable elements. First, the apartments, with one room decorated with remarkable sinopie by Pisanello discovered in 1969 ; and second, in the Castel S..

  • 3 Scrovegni Chapel: frescoes by Giotto Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Piazza Eremitani 8 I - 35121 Padova

    Around 1310 Giotto decorated the walls of this chapel with 39 frescoes depicting the lives of Joachim and Anne, the Virgin and Christ: the Flight from Egypt, the Judas' Kiss, the Laying in the Tomb are the most famous scenes in this collection of exc..

  • 4 Torrazzo Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Piazza del Comune I - 26100 Cremona

    Connected to the façade of the cathedral via a gallery, this is an admirable campanile built in the late 13C. An elegant octagonal crown that was added a century later trims the massif structure. Its astronomic clock, which dates back to 1471, stands..

  • 5 Duomo Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Piazza Grande I - 41100 Modena

    Begun in 1099, this cathedral is one of the masterpieces of Italian Romanesque art. It is by the Lombard architect Lanfranco, the Maestri Campionesi (Campionesi Masters) and the sculptor Wiligelmo. As well as remarkable external sculpted decoration a..

  • 6 Duomo (Dome) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    P.za del Duomo I - 05018 Orvieto

    Built between 1290 and 1600 in volcanic tufa rock by more than a hundred artists, the cathedral at Orvieto has an admirable facade, both in the severity of its vertical lines, and in the richness of its decorations, sculptures on high, mosaics and ma..

  • 7 Baths Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    c.so Resina I - 80056 Ercolano

    These small baths date back to Augustus' reign. Visitors see the men's baths with palestra, changing rooms, frigidarium with frescoed ceiling, tepidarium and caldarium, then the women's baths with waiting room, changing rooms with mosaic pavement dep..

  • 8 Mottarone Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    I - 28049 Stresa

    Dominating Stresa and Lake Maggiore from a height of 1,491m, the Mottarone which is reached up a panoramic toll path, the " strada borromea", has a superb panoramic view over the lake, the Alps and the massif of Mont Rose.

  • 9 Isole Borromee Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    I - 28049 Stresa

    These three superb little islands took the name of the Borromee family who had received Lake Maggiore as a fiefdom in the 15C. Charles III occupied Isola Bella in the 17 C and built a palace there that is typical of Lombardy Baroque style and is comp..

  • 10 Saint-Françis' basilica Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    P.za San-Francesco I - 06081 Assisi

    This giant basilica consecrated in 1253 marks the Franciscan movement led by Brother Elius towards architectural splendour and decoration. It consists of a sober and bulky inferior Basilica decorated with frescoes (by Simone Martini) and a tall and s..

  • 11 Lighthouse Promenade Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Camino al Faro I - 16034 Portofino

    At nightfall, as the sun lights up the gulf of Rapallo, this promenade running past olive groves, yew trees and pines from the village of Portofino to the point of the same name has some superb viewpoints.

  • 12 Tondi de Faloria Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    v. ia-di-Zito I - 32043 Cortina-d'Ampezzo

    The scenery here is truly grandiose, including the huge ski area for which this resort is famous.

  • 13 Tofana di Mezzo Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Téléphérique I - 32043 Cortina d'Ampezzo

    The panoramic views from the cable-car are absolutely superb, as you would expect after your journey to a height of 3 244 m.

  • 14 Piazza del Campo Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    P.za del Campo I - 53100 Siena

    This is one of the world's most famous squares, composed of a series of monuments in unsurpassed harmony. This slightly sloping "shell" or "fan" in pink and white tones is a fine example of those "open-air drawing rooms"..

  • 15 Public Palace Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    P.za del Campo I - 53100 Siena

    This is one of the most attractive civil buildings in Italy. Its harmonious and light size is dominated by the elegant Mangia tower from which there is an admirable view over Siena and over the countryside. On a visit to the apartments you will see s..

  • 16 Duomo Santa Maria Assunta Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    P.za del Duomo I - 53100 Siena

    Begun in 1339, the original plan for this cathedral was vast but only free-standing pillars give an impression of how vast; the actual structure makes up but one transept of the original design. It is however magnificent; the façade, a harmony of mar..

  • 17 Art gallery Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    v. San-Pietro 29 I - 53100 Siena

    This museum will take you on a fabulous journey through four centuries of Siena painting, from the first Primitives, much marked by the priestly manner of the Byzantine style by Sodoma, grand master of Siena painting from the 16C and, even if the two..

  • 18 Piazza dei Miracoli Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    P.za del Duomo I - 56126 Pisa

    The most famous square in Pisa is (despite the crowds) an architectural ensemble of exceptional unity. Four remarkable monuments make up this universally known group. Bordered by a narrow encircling wall of crenellated red brick, this vast enclosed s..

  • 19 Leaning Tower Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    P.za del Duomo I - 56126 Pisa

    This 58m-high bell tower is the symbol of the city of Pisa. Although its famous tilt has granted it globally renowned status, the sheer beauty of its architecture should not be overlooked. The very essence of Pisan Romanesque, its six storeys of gall..

  • 20 Baptistry Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    P.za del Duomo I - 56126 Pisa

    Built over a period of more than two centuries following a project of Diotisalvi, this circular building merges Romanesque elements which have an echo in the cathedral with early Gothic influences. Inside, as well as the vocal performances of the att..

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