Posted by: Alternative Travel
March 15, 2012 |
Rome is a city and special comune ("Roma Capitale") in Italy. It is the capital of Italy, the capital of Lazio and the principal town of the Province of Rome. During Holy Years, indulgences are granted to those who visit certain churches. In Rome, there are seven such churches. The churches include the four patriarchal basilicas:
San Pietro in Vaticano
San Giovanni in Laterano
San Paolo fuori le mura
Santa Maria Maggiore
They also include three minor basilicas:
San Lorenzo fuori le mura
Santa Croce in Gerusalemme
Santuario della Madonna del Divino Amore
Rome's architecture over...
Loreto is a hilltown and comune of the Italian province of Ancona, in the Marche. It is mostly famous as the seat of the Basilica della Santa Casa, a popular Catholic pilgrimage site. The Shrine of the Holy House (Santuario della Santa Casa), is a Catholic place of pilgrimage in Loreto, Italy, containing, according to tradition, the house in which the Virgin Mary lived. The basilica is a Late Gothic structure continued by Giuliano da Maiano, Giuliano da Sangallo and Bramante. The façade of the church was erected under Sixtus V, who fortified Loreto and gave it the privileges of a town (1586);...
Venice is one of the most interesting and lovely places in the world. This sanctuary on a lagoon is virtually the same as it was six hundred years ago, which adds to the fascinating character. Venice has decayed since its heyday and is heavily touristed, but the romantic charm remains. This place may not seem huge but it is. Venice is made of different boroughs. The most famous is the area comprising the 118 islands in the main districts that are called "Sestieri" and they are: Cannaregio, Castello, Dorsoduro, San Polo, Santa Croce and San Marco, where the main monuments and sights are located.
Milan is the second-largest city in Italy and is the capital of Lombardy and of the province of Milan. Milan Cathedral (Italian: Duomo di Milano) is the cathedral church of Milan, Italy. Dedicated to Santa Maria Nascente (Saint Mary Nascent), it is the seat of the Archbishop of Milan, currently Cardinal Angelo Scola. The Gothic cathedral took nearly six centuries to complete. It is the fourth largest cathedral in the world and the largest in the Italian state territory. Milan's layout, with streets either radiating from the Duomo or circling it, reveals that the Duomo occupies...