20 of Italy’s Architectural Marvels

4. The Bridge of Sighs, Venice

The Bridge of Sighs, one of most famous sights in all of Venice, has a fascinating history. Originally, it connected the courts at Doge’s Palace with the New Prison. All condemned criminals had to pass over the bridge after their trial, and it is said that while standing on the bridge and looking out over their city for the last time, they all sighed.

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5. St. Mark’s Basilica, Venice

Located only steps away from the Bridge of Sighs is St. Mark’s Basilica, another spectacular piece of Italian architecture. The first church on the site was consecrated in 832 AD, and ever since then the building has been evolving.

Undoubtedly the most famous aspect of the basilica are the giant Horses of St. Mark, treasures of antiquity that were plundered during the Sack of Constantinople in 1204. Currently undergoing restoration, the basilica will soon be restored to its former glory.

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6. The Cathedral of Monreale, Sicily

Situated on a hill looking over the nearby city of Palermo, the Cathedral of Monreale is an architectural marvel that’s often passed over in favor of more metropolitan landmarks. However, the stunning mosaics that adorn every column and the gigantic mosaic of Jesus that sits above the altar truly make this cathedral unique.

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