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Friday Feb 20, 2015
3 Undiscovered Architectural Wonders in Italy
Tourists who visit Italy love seeing the top-rated architectural wonders in Italy: the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Coliseum, and the Pantheon. However, when tourists focus solely on the most popular attractions, they miss out on the incredible unknown Italian architecture. Venturing off the beaten path will lead tourists to remarkable towns with spectacular architecture and history.
Lucca Cathedral (San Martino)
Although Tuscany is one of the more famous regions of Italy, there are still several towns in Tuscany that are considered “off the beaten path”. Not all of these locations are accessible by public transportation but with a versatile car rental Lucca, which sits on the Serchio River, among other widely undiscovered destinations will be open for you to explore their underrated and unknown Italian architecture. Besides the perfectly preserved Renaissance-era city walls, Lucca is also home to Lucca Cathedral (San Martino), known in Italian as Catterdale di San Martino. In 1603, Bishop Anselm built Lucca Cathedral to honor Saint Martin. This Romanesque cathedral contains highly skilled, ornately decorated marble sculptures, arches, and columns. Additionally, the Cathedral is home to volto santo, also known as holy face. Legend has it that the crucifix completed the design of its face overnight while the artist slept. Visitors to the Cathedral will love learning about the history behind this incredible structure. Although not a top tourist attraction, Lucca Cathedral (San Martino) is one of the most amazing architectural wonders in Italy.
The Basilicata region is the least populated, least visited, and least understood region in Italy. Only in the past few decades have people discovered the unknown Italian architecture of this region. Specifically, people have begun to appreciate the isolated town of Matera, which is home to sassi, ancient cave dwellings that date back to Paleolithic times. Today, some of the sassi have been renovated into B&Bs, hotels, galleries, restaurants, and homes with modern amenities. However, long stretches of sassi remain uninhabited and in various stages of decay, showing visitors the history of these remarkable structures. Tourists in Matera can wander the winding streets, narrow alleys, and Byzantine-style rock churches. Movie fans might even recognize Matera’s scenery from Mel Gibson’s “Passion of the Christ”. With its increasing fame, Matera was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. Despite this recent recognition, Matera’s isolated location will always make it an “off the beaten path” destination. Tourists who do make their way to Matera will be pleasantly surprised to see one of the most impressive architectural wonders in Italy.
Every year, millions of tourists flock to Venice without any knowledge of the undiscovered Italian architecture that sits just west in the town of Verona. Rent a car in Verona and uncover the setting of three of Shakespeare’s plays, including the most famous of all, Romeo and Juliet. In Verona, tourists can stand on the balcony where Romeo professed his love to Juliet. If that isn’t amazing enough, the architecture of Verona dates back even further. Verona boasts the third largest Roman amphitheater in Italy. The Verona Arena, also known as Arena di Verona, was completed in 30 AD and seats about 25,000 spectators. Tourists looking for the architectural wonders in Italy should consider a trip to Verona. From Shakespeare to the Roman Empire, Verona offers plenty of historical architecture.
Your Vacation Off the Beaten Path
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