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Pitti Palace Florence

Pitti Palace

The Pitti Palace, Florence's largest palazzo, was once the seat of the Medici family.
Temple of Segesta Sicily

Temple of Segesta

This unfinished fifth-century Doric temple has everything but a roof and an interior, and the huge structure seems unaffected by time. A small theater atop a nearby hill offers visitors a stunning view of green hills and...
Temple of Hercules Sicily

Temple of Hercules

The Temple of Hercules was the second-largest temple at Agrigento, measuring 220 x 83 feet at the top step. Its outer colonnade has 6 by 15 columns. The temple has an innovative plan for Sicily: a back porch as well as a...
Temple of Concord Sicily

Temple of Concord

One of the best preserved Doric temples in the world along with the Temple of Hera or Pseidon in paestum and the Theseion on the agora in Athens. The building was named by the historian Fazello after a Latin inscription ...
Palazzo dei Normanni & Capella Palatina Sicily

Palazzo dei Normanni & Capella Palatina

This Norman Castle was completed by William II during the 12th century, and is considered one of the most magnificent Arab-Norman structures in the world. The Capella Palatina is one of the best known monuments of mediev...
Heraclea Minoa Sicily

Heraclea Minoa

A 6th century Greek city, most likely named after King Minos of Crete, thrived here at the mouth of the Platina River. Several prehistoric sites were located, as well as a hitherto unrecorded Greek necropolis, probably o...
Greek Theater Sicily

Greek Theater

The existence of a theatre in Syracuse is first mentioned in the late fifth century BC. At this time the theatre had not yet the canonical form of a semicircle, but was instead probably arranged in straight trapeze.
Catacombs of the Capuchins Sicily

Catacombs of the Capuchins

Visitors can wander through the catacombs' dank corridors among the mummified bodies. The halls are divided into categories that include: Men, Women, Virgins, Children, Priests, Monks, and Professors (including the famou...
Agrigento Sicily


At the Valley of the Temples, citizens of the then-major Greek colony of Akragras began building seven Doric style holy monuments in the sixth century BC. The nearby Archaeological Museum helps put everything into contex...
Rome's catacombs Rome

Rome's catacombs

Roman catacombs are a series of underground burials that span from the early second century to the fifth century (A.D). The catacombs of Rome were maintained till the 9th century when many of the relics were removed and ...
Pantheon Rome


The Roman Pantheon is the most preserved and influential building of ancient Rome. It is a Roman temple dedicated to all the gods of pagan Rome. As the brick stamps on the side of the building reveal it was built and ded...
Domus Aurea Rome

Domus Aurea

The Domus Aurea was built on the order of the Emperor Nero on the cinders of the great fire that distroyed Rome in 64 B. C. It deserved the name “Aurea” (that is golden) for the richness of decorations and works of art t...
Colosseum Rome


The Roman Colosseum or Coliseum, originally known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, was commisioned in AD 72 by Emperor Vespasian. The Colosseum is located just east of the Roman Forum and was built to a practical design, wit...
Castel Sant' Angelo Rome

Castel Sant' Angelo

This Fortress was built as a mausoleum for the Emperor Hadrian (AD130-139), but it has also been a prison and a papal residence. It was used by former Popes who absconded there for protection in times of danger.
Baths of Caracalla Rome

Baths of Caracalla

The ruins of these baths are enormous and very well preserved with many mosaics still partially intact. The Baths of Caracalla like all bathhouses in ancient Rome included three fundamental bathing rooms. It consisted of...

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