Rome - Colosseum at Night
Rome - St. Peter's Basilica
Rome - Roman Forum - Tabularium | Photo by Silvia Adalia
Rome - Palatin and Circus Maximus
Florence - Ponte Vecchio
Florence - Palazzo Vecchio
Florence - Basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore | Photo by Adriano Lima
Venezia - Le cupole della Basilica di San Marco
Venezia - Piazza San Marco
Venice - Canal Grande
Ferrara - Monumental Cemetery of the Certosa di Ferrara | Contest FerraraFoto 2011
Turin - Dome
Assisi - Basilica of St. Francis - Cloister
Assisi - Basilica of St. Francis - Panoramic View | Photo by Adriano Cioci (Commune of Assis - UNESCO Bureaus)
Mesola - Castello Estense | Photo by Andrea Samaritani - Photo Archive of the Province of Ferrara
Pisa - The Tower
Pisa - Baptistery of St. John
The Italian art cities are some
of the most-visited destinations in international cultural tourism. Rich in monuments, churches, castles, museums, and historic dwellings, Italy’s cities of art are an ideal target for low-season tourism, fulfilling a desire to know them any time of the year.
Almost all of them preserve an important historic, artistic and architectonic heritage that narrates the succession of century after century. Rich in signs of the events of the men who moved about in them – Italy’s art cities were often the seats of governments and principalities, and the stages for the events that changed the course of history. More specifically these cities, due to their particular relationship with various axes of power, were made over several times – i.e. as residences of princes, dukes, popes, kings and emperors.
Frequently characterized as an urban textile that preserves the original framework, such as a Roman stronghold or a Medieval borgo, Italy's art cities represent vestiges that each seem to be frozen in different times – some even seem to straddle the divide between more than one historical period, perhaps not having completed the transformation initiated by one conqueror or another. Marked by the initiatives of great artists and patrons, these cities are not only the repositories of poignant artistic expressions, but are themselves true masterpieces of art.
Open-air museums that can be enjoyed and admired on foot – these cities offer modern and inspiring itineraries for discovering shops and artisan workshops, markets and fairs, festivals and theatrical events that are a great blessed union of traditions, culture and excitement.