Being the seat of early Christianity, Italy is proud of housing a lot of religious sites. From ancient churches, citadels, baptistery, as well as houses of saints and previous popes, Italy has a plenty of things to offer.
These sites are highly recommended for soul searching and spiritual/religious vows. However, during the season of Lent, a lot of Catholic faithful around the world are expected to flock these places. It is recommended to book your flight and hotel accommodations months before if you want to visit Italy on Holy Week. Here are some of the best religious and sacred sites to visit in Italy:
Vatican City, the smallest country in the world and completely encircled by Rome, this tiny city is a host to millions of visitors each year. With more or less 800 residents, this City State houses the most important Catholic Church- the St. Peter's Basilica. It is also the location for other two most popular tourist attractions- the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museum.
The construction of the Duomo di Milano cathedral was commissioned by Gian Galleazzo Visconti. The construction stated in 1386 on the site where the basilicas of Santa Maria Maggiore and Santa Tecla once erected. It is the biggest and the most ornate Gothic building in Italy. Its pinking marble adds to the grandeur of an already impressive church.
Basilica of St. Mary of Health, or just La Salute, is one of the biggest churches in Venice. It currently has a status of minor basilica. It stands at the intersection of the Bacino di San Marco and the Grand Canal.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of the greatest symbols of Italy as a nation. Its construction started in 1173. The famous bell tower of the Pisa Cathedral started to tilt and is now slightly leaning to the ground at 5.5 degrees.
Aside from religious and sacred sites, Italy has a lot of amazing tourist attractions. Travelers Today has this report.