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Architecture in Italy


San Giorgio Maggiore by Andrea Palladio

San Giorgio Maggiore by Andrea Palladio

Photo (cc) Flickr Member Michael Scaduto

A Guide for Travelers to Italy

Ancient Rome and the Italian Renaissance gave Italy a rich architectural heritage that influenced building design around the world. Follow these links for an architectural tour of Italy. Also find travel tips and resources to help you plan your Italian trip.

Top Ten Cities in Italy:

Every part of Italy brims with architectural wonders. Plan your tour to include at least one of these top ten cities in Italy.

Must-See Buildings in Italy:

Important Periods and Styles in Italy:

Great Architects of Italy:

Styles Inspired by Italy:

Plan Your Trip to Italy:

About Architecture in Italy:

In ancient times, the Romans borrowed ideas from Greece and created their own architectural style. The 11th and 12th centuries brought a renewed interest in the architecture of ancient Rome. Italy's Romanesque style with rounded arches and carved portals became the dominant fashion for churches and other important buildings throughout Europe.

The period we know as the Italian Renaissance, or reawakening, began in the 14th century. For the next two centuries, a keen interest in ancient Rome and Greece brought a creative flourishing in art and architecture. The writings of Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio revolutionized European architecture and continues to shape the way we build today.

Suggested Reading:

  • Architecture in Italy, 1500-1600 by Wolfgang Lotz, The Yale University Press Pelican History of Art, 1995
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  • Architecture in Italy, 1400-1500 by Ludwig H. Heydenreich, The Yale University Press Pelican History of Art, 1996
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  • Renaissance Perfected: Architecture, Spectacle, and Tourism in Fascist Italy by D. Medina Lasansky, Pennsylvania State Univ Press, 2005
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  • Italy: Modern Architectures in History by Diane Ghirardo, Reaktion Books, 2013
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  • Pride in Modesty: Modernist Architecture and the Vernacular Tradition in Italy by Michelangelo Sabatino, University of Toronto Press, 2011
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