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Churches,
Monuments, and Museums

Churches,
Monuments, and Museums

Italy is also filled with countless churches, religious monuments, and museums, that fascinate both religious and non-religious tourists alike. There is just so much to see for those who are interested in this type of Christian architecture, that they will surely feel like a kid in a candy shop.

As a matter of fact, its villages have given birth to famous artists, writers, saints, and cultural figures. For this very reason, it is impossible to walk through the streets of these villages without coming across a small chapel that holds sacred relics or small, hidden works of art, such as Raffaello’s works of art, Leopardi’s notes, and extraordinary archaeological finds from Etruscan and Roman times.

Among the sacred places of Umbria, the Basilica of San Francesco in Assisi is both a pilgrimage destination for those who worship San Francesco and a sacred gallery with the most important frescoes of the Giotto school. Another sacred spot of Assisi is represented by Basilica of Santa Chiara, an incredible example of Gothic architecture which, as well as the other sacred places, make the city of Assisi the cradle of spirituality and peace.

The most well-known sacred place of Le Marche is the Basilica of the Holy House of Loreto, surrounded by hills of Mountain Laurels, not far from Recanati (Loreto, from Latin “laurus,” the ancient name of the laurel). It is believed that the archangels, wanting a safe place for the Holy House of Nazareth, carried it to its pilgrims in the Holy House of Loreto. This is a popular pilgrimage destination for the devotees of the Virgin Mary. The construction of the Holy House of Loreto was made possible with the combined effort of some of the most famous Renaissance architects: Bramante, Pontello, Giuliano da Sangallo, and many others.

In addition to these sacred places, countless other basilicas and abbeys reside in the hills of Marche and Umbria, some of which are known to be among the most beautiful in Italy. The Cathedral of Orvieto, the Abbey of Chiaravalle di Fiastra, the Basilica of San Nicola at Tolentino, the Church of Sant’Agostino in Gubbio, or the Basilica of Santa Rita di Cascia are some examples of other amazing sites that are worth visiting.

For the lovers of famous paintings and history, countless museums and art galleries are present in this area.

Let yourself be enchanted by the narrow streets, the small city churches, and the civic art galleries that preserve the historical memories of the cities. It will be like visiting hundreds of museums.

Do not forget that every small village in central Italy is a true open-air museum!

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