Oshawa Italian Recreation Club: Attractions to visit in Italy

Often called the ‘beautiful country’ or Bel Paese, Italy boasts stunning mountains, alpine lakes and many other historical architectures. It is also the home of a colourful culture as well as a world-renowned cuisine, making it a perfect destination getaway. 

Are you planning to visit this one of a kind country soon? Feel free to browse through our list of places you can visit to fully enjoy your stay!

Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore

Cattedrale or Duomo Santa Maria del Fiore, also known as the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore is a famous Italian cathedral built in 1296 but was completed in 1436. It is a cathedral complex dedicated to Saint Mary of the Flower with a Tuscan Romanesque architectural design made of marble.

Its gigantic bell tower that is the main attraction of the Florence skyline stands near Piazza del Duomo. It is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site but it’s open to tourists who can climb the 414 steps up to a viewing platform to marvel at the great view.

Torre di Pisa

Torre di Pisa or the Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of the most popular Italian tourist attractions. Yearly, thousands of people take memorable pictures of ‘supporting’ the tower due to the structure’s four-degree lean. 

This campanile’s unique structure is due to the unstable foundation constructed on soft ground. It held the Guinness World Record for the most lopsided building, measuring its tilt to be 51⁄2 degrees back in the 1990s. Currently, Torre di Pisa leans at a 3.97-degree angle.

The Pantheon

The Pantheon is a monument in Rome, Italy that served as a Roman temple but is now a Catholic church called Basilica di Santa Maria ad Martyres (Basilica of St. Mary and the Martyrs). 

It is considered the largest brick dome in all of the Ancient Roman buildings that have been well-preserved throughout the centuries. The Pantheon was commissioned by Marcus Agrippa during the reign of Augustus from 27 BC to 14 AD. However, it was rebuilt by Emperor Adrian and featured a cylindrical structure with an oculus above it.

Foro Romano

Foro Romano (Roman Forum) is also known by its Latin name Forum Romanum that is located between the Roman Colosseum and Piazza Venezia. In ancient times, the Forum was the central spot of the Roman lifestyle from elections and trials, public speeches, gladiatorial battles, and even commercial activities.

It features a rectangular shaped structure enclosed by different government buildings of the Ancient Roman civilization. So, if you are a fan of Roman history, this structural site is one of the Italian tourist spots you should visit right away!

Canal Grande

Canal Grande or The Grand Canal in Venice, Italy is also locally known as Canal Grando or Canałasso. It is a remarkable reversed S-shaped channel that starts from the lagoon near the Santa Lucia railway station to the basin at San Marco, Venice.

One of the most popular activities when you go to this waterway is a gondola ride that tours you through the city of Venice. Its banks are lined with about 170 buildings that were built as old as the 13th century. It’s truly a romantic getaway in a lovely city!

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