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Italian Historical Attractions, Historical Sites – Top 10 Historical places to visit in Italy

Ruins of Apollo Temple, Pompeii, Naples, Italy

Top 10 Historical places to visit in Italy

Italy has a lot of beautiful and historic places to visit and the history of Italy is as interesting as all the chapters of European history. These places are known to have very rich history and have got a prestigious space in the history of Italy. Below mentioned are the top 10 historical places to visit in Italy that have a very good history.

  1. Pompeii – It is one of the best known historic sites in the world. It is known as ghost town which is filled with the bodies of its terrible citizens, many other who died from asphyxiation and who were preserved by ash and embers which buried them.
  2. Castel Del Monte – It is located in Puglia. This palace is built for the purpose of hunting lodge by Emperor Frederick II. He built many castles in which Castle Del Monte is the largest. After his death it mainly served as a stranglehold and military base till 19th century.
  3. The Colosseum – It is the largest amphitheatre in Roman Empire. It was built in the first century AD by Emperor Vespasian as a place for Rome people to enjoy. It was originally named as Flavian Amphitheatre. It is an emblematic sign to create a clear distinction between Vespasian and his ancestor, Nero. In the garden you can see the Nero’s colossal statue. It was the place where gladiators, lions and those who had committed crimes were put to test often fighting to death.
  4. Vatican Museums – In history, it was a papal palace but now it is a series of galleries in Vatican City. It has a house of Gregorian Egyptian Museum which contains funerary pieces, mummies, statues bearing hieroglyphics and many more. It is a part of UNESCO world heritage site of historic centre in Rome.
  5. Ostica Antica – It contains the ruins of the historic port town that had served at the gateway of Rome. It includes a Roman theatre, temples of ancient deities, the forum, baths of Neptune, military camp and even Ostia Synagogue which is known as synagogue site in Europe.
  6. Florence Cathedral – It is called as Duomo and it is an iconic site built in 1296. It is the fourth largest church in Europe which is built with marble. The famous aspects of Florence Cathedral are its dome and it was constructed by Filippo Brunelleschi. It is decorated with a fresco.
  7. Capua Gladiator Museum – It is a small museum exploring the history of the adjacent Campania Amphitheatre which includes exhibitions of dioramas and artifacts with gladiatorial weapons. It also houses fragments which decorated Campania Amphitheatre such as arches and inscriptions.
  8. Paestum – It is a Greco-Roman site located in south of Naples which includes the stunning three ancient Greek temples which still stand tall today. It was founded as Greek colony in 6th century BC and was known as Poseidonia. After the Pyrrhic Wars in 273 BC, the city was captured by Romans and it became the successful Roman Settlement.
  9. Civita di Baqnoreqio – It is a top rocky outcrop which stands between two valleys. It is originally an Etruscan settlement. After the western Empire, it was conquered by Roman. It is also being known as the birthplace of Saint Bonaventure.
  10. Leaning Tower – It is located at Pisa and was built in 1174 with the intention being a freestanding bell tower for cathedral. The tower began to lean during the construction because the ground in which built is sandy and unstable. It is a marble structure with 186 feet to the top with 300 steps.

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