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What are the 10 monuments that I absolutely must visit in Italy?

What are the 10 monuments that I absolutely must visit in Italy? To help you decide where to start your trip, I made this list of ten monuments because in my professional opinion they are important and also because my readers love them! Let’s go?

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What are the 10 monuments that I absolutely must visit in Italy?

Italy is a wonderful place, with so many places to visit, experiences to be lived and cultures to discover, that it is often difficult to make the choices and be able to reconcile the time and budget available for the trip with what we want to do, isn’t it? To help you decide where to start your trip, I made a list of 10 monuments, which in my professional opinion are important and which my readers also love! But what are the 10 monuments that I absolutely must visit in Italy? Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia you make the trip of your dreams!!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”


Italy, despite being a very small country in extension, has a concentration of history, art, culture, beautiful landscapes and countless monuments that is capable of causing envy worldwide. Remembering that often the best surprises are hidden in the simplest places, so when you are in Italy, try not to concentrate only on the most important and classic tourist monuments. Shall we start our Top list?


Rome is one of the most popular destinations for travelers from around the world who are fascinated by its rich historical monuments and the many attractions that the city offers. There are so many works that it is impossible to list them all. In this guide, however, we will see three of the most famous monuments that are the country’s landmarks.

1) What are the 10 monuments that I absolutely must visit in Italy? ST PETER’S BASILICA

First of all, we cannot fail to highlight what is the landmark of Italy: St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest in the world. Built by Emperor Constantine, it is the symbol par excellence of the country and is visited and photographed every year by millions of tourists. LEARN ALL ABOUT ST PETER’S BASILICA!

2) What are the 10 monuments that I must absolutely visit in Italy? THE VATICAN MUSEUM

After St. Peter’s Basilica, we recommend a visit to the Vatican Museums, which are visited by four million tourists every year and which inside preserve the largest collection of international works in Italy. For many a concentration of wonders in the history of mankind, from the triumphal entry into Egypt, in the history of Mesopotamia, with a plunge into Etruscan, Greek, Roman works and culture to reach large-scale paintings until the late Renaissance. LET’S GET TO KNOW THE VATICAN MUSEUM?

Sistine Chapel

What enchants tourists and especially painting lovers are the majesty of the representation of the Last Judgment in the Sistine Chapel, by Michelangelo Buonarroti, and other works by Botticelli, Ghirlandaio and Signorelli. The only bad point reported by the traveler community is the long line that must be done at all times of the year, which can discourage tourists! So buy your tickets in advance online. Click Here and learn how to buy tickets to the main monuments in Italy!

3) What are the 10 monuments that I must absolutely visit in Italy? THE COLOSSEUM

Then we find the Colosseum, perhaps the most popular and photographed monument in all of Italy, built by the emperor Vespasian in the first century. According to history, the long battles between gladiators and other public events of great importance took place here. Over time, the Colosseum has unfortunately suffered a lot of structural damage. Despite this, it has always maintained its charm, in such a way that Pope Benedict IV consecrated it as the official place of Via Crucis and it remains so today. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE COLISEUM!!


Florence, the cradle of Renaissance culture and art and the capital of beautiful and welcoming Tuscany, is famous for having hosted intellectuals such as Petrarch, Machiavelli and Alighieri, as well as great artists such as Leonardo da Vinci and Botticelli. In Florence, we will find as many important monuments as in Rome, but I want to highlight two in particular: the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (St Mary of the Flower), better known as the Duomo and the Uffizi Gallery.

4) What are the 10 monuments that I must absolutely visit in Italy? FLORENCE CATHEDRAL

The Cathedral, built in 1296, is one of the largest cathedrals in Europe. It was built in 1296 on the site of the early Christian basilica of Saint Reparata. Tall, seven meters high and 153 meters long, it was to become the largest and insurmountable in Tuscany. The intention was accomplished. The cathedral was consecrated in the 15th century and remains today the largest in Tuscany, being among the largest in all of Europe. Detail of the Florence Duomo is the bell tower designed by Giotto-Pisano and the largest masonry dome ever built, by Filippo Brunelleschi, with frescoes of 3600 square meters of the “Last Judgment”, through the work of Vasari-Zuccari.

5) What are the 10 monuments that I must absolutely visit in Italy? THE UFFIZI GALLERY

Then, you can not miss visiting the Uffizi Gallery, certainly one of the most famous museums in the world. Here you can admire works of inestimable importance and beauty, in a beautiful 15th century palace. Among the most famous works that come together in his visit, are included the “Birth of Venus” and “Primavera” (“Spring”) by Sandro Botticelli, “Bacchus” and “Medusa” by Caravaggio, but there will be works by Leonardo, Veronese, Tintoretto and other great pillars of Italian arts.

You can also admire works by famous foreign artists, such as Rubens, Goya, El Grego and Durer. Numerous columns of balconies seem to place the space in a poetic way, introducing the visitor to a feeling of nobility that can lead him to visit the places in the feeling that he is actually living history and not just contemplating it. LET’S GET TO KNOW THE UFFIZI GALLERY IN FLORENCE?


After Florence with the Duomo and the Uffizi Gallery, we move on to Venice, which with its gondolas, with its famous carnival and spectacular monuments at every corner. It is a city that remains a mystery to many and continues to fascinate visitors who come to its small streets and exclusive channels every year. If you have never been to Venice, we invite you to find out the charms of the place. Let’s talk about the Doge’s Palace and St Mark’s Basilica. READ: THE TEN MAIN TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN VENICE!

6) What are the 10 monuments that I must absolutely visit in Italy? THE DOGE’S PALACE

The Doge’s Palace in Venice was once the center of political and administrative life, and is now an integral part of Venice’s Civic Museums. It has a majestic and elegant facade and is the destination of interest for many tourists who come every year from all over the world. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE DOGE’S PALACE IN VENICE.

7) What are the 10 monuments that I must absolutely visit in Italy? ST MARK’S BASILICA

Then there is the St Mark’s Basilica, which is one of the most important examples of Byzantine architecture in Italy. Initially it was built to store the relics of Saint Mark, patron of the city and icon of Venice inside. Saint Mark’s Basilica is a unique monument for the richness of its history, the grandeur of its facade and the interior, a wonderful laboratory where they have operated for centuries great Italian and European artists.

The Byzantine character that characterizes it is expressed especially in large mosaics that tell the stories of Saint Mark. The soft light that comes in from the Basilica seems to divide the terrestrial world from the supernatural light in the times of its golden mosaics. Today, unfortunately, due to the large number of visitors, you can visit only part of this universal jewel!


Siena is certainly one of the most fascinating routes in our country. Considering that we only have one day available, we will follow the fastest route, which goes directly into the soul of Sena, to fully understand this atmosphere that the city exudes and to see the most important monuments.

8) What are the 10 monuments I absolutely must visit in Italy? SIENA CATHEDRAL

We returned to Tuscany to visit another important monument. Siena Cathedral, that is, the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption, is one of the most striking examples of the Romanesque-Gothic church in Italy. Imposing, almost stunning, due to the widespread use of white marble, Siena Cathedral fascinates even from the outside. TIPS ON SIENA? CLICK HERE!

The Cathedral Interior

Those who visit its interior have nothing to regret: the cathedral is enriched by works by Donatello, Nicola Pisano, Michelangelo and Pinturicchio. The interior, as well as the exterior, is decorated in white and dark green, almost black marble, the colors that are representative of Siena. One of the most impressive works of the Cathedral is the floor, which consists of 56 panels representing the same engraved and carved marble scene. The most valuable mosaics are covered most of the year to protect them from wear. If you are in Siena during the Palio (horse race) period, or between late August and October, however, you can see the floor fully revealed.


Assisi, “The city of St Francis”. Among the enchanting hills of Umbria, on the slopes of Mount Subasio, comes the wonderful city of Assisi. Even though it is an unparalleled medieval city, in fact the place attracts millions of visitors every year because it is here that the most beloved saint in the world was born and raised, we are talking about Saint Francis.

9) What are the 10 monuments that I must absolutely visit in Italy? BASILICA OF SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI

The Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi is our ninth monument not to be missed. Assisi is a small town that seems to have stopped a few years ago, where the atmosphere is relaxed and sacred, also the peace that can inspire Umbria. The Basilica of Saint Francis is the place where the saint had chosen to be buried in the area of ​​Assisi, which was famous in the Middle Ages as the “hill of hell”, that place that was used for public executions. The courtyard of the Basilica of Saint Francis was opened in 1228 by Pope Gregory IX, and thanks to the work of Brother Elias, vicar of the order, chosen by St. Francis himself. Visiting Assisi, the city of Saint Francis? Click here!

About the Building

The building consists of two overlapping churches, the upper aspect, the Gothic, bright and slender, and the lower aspect, low and austere. The interior with a nave with transept, contains the “extraordinary allegorical frescoes”, “Madonna enthroned with the Child, Saint Francis and Four Angels” and “Five Saints” by Simone Martini, the “Episodes of the life and passion of Christ”, the “Madonna with St Francis and St John the Evangelist ”and “Stigmata” by Lorenzetti. Cimabue, Giotto, Lorenzetti, Simone Martini, the greatest artists of two hundred and three hundred, who painted the walls and ceilings of the Basilica. The place is an obligatory stop for all those, believers or not, who are still attracted by the Franciscan message today. READ HOW TO GET TO ASSISI FROM ROME and WHAT TO DO IN ONE DAY IN ASSISI? 


We arrived at the last Top List monument, or we could say Ten List !! Palermo is the capital of Sicily, the island that is a melting pot of thousands of culture and people, characteristics reflected everywhere. Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians, who established it as a landing place in the middle of the Mediterranean. The city’s architecture bears witness to a past full of historical events, history and culture – this is what the palaces and religious buildings that appear in every corner of the city reveal.

10) What are the 10 monuments that I must absolutely visit in Italy? PALERMO CATHEDRAL

Palermo Cathedral, dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, is an architectural complex of different styles, dating back to the various stages of construction. Erected in 1185 by Archbishop Gualtiero Offamilio in the area of ​​the previous basilica, which the Saracens had transformed into a mosque, it underwent several changes, including the last one in the late 18th century, when the interior design by Ferdinando Fuga was radically redone. Although the cathedral is a sacred and religious temple, you can also define a remarkable monument containing several priceless artistic and cultural wonders.

About the Cathedral

Nowadays the cathedral has an eclectic look, undoubtedly fascinating. It is a huge religious building, flanked by four towers from the nomadic period, topped by a dome that is imposed by the art of its architecture and the imposing facade with ornaments due to masters of the 14th centuries and XV. The interior has a Latin cross, with three naves, from here you begin to discover the richness of the Cathedral, from the royal sarcophagus of the Suevos family, to witness the historical importance of the Cathedral.


What are the 10 monuments that I absolutely must visit in Italy? Finally, we can say that these are just ten of the thousands of important monuments that Italy has !! Now just insert them in your itinerary and enjoy the best of Italy! And if you feel insecure, have no time, and need help to organize your trip, don’t hesitate to contact me! I will love to help you make your dream trip to Italy come true. And how can I do that? Keep reading this post until the end and you will understand how we make your life and your trip much easier 🙂

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