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Churches in Italy are in multitude whether its a small town or a big city, churches are everywhere. Going to a church in Italy is also a very serious business. Everyone needs to follow a proper attire and dress code. Shoulders and legs are expected to be covered properly, people wearing short skirts, tank tops or shorts are frowned upon and are told to cover themselves well. Its best to respect their traditions and culture.
         Basilica Santa Maria del Fiore

One of the most beautiful churches that I visited was the Basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore. An astoundingly beautiful and striking church called the “duomo”  it is located in the heart of Florence and is the town’s heartbeat. Thousands of people visit this mammoth structure daily. Needless to say, it is very crowded outside, albeit the interiors are much peaceful. It stands apart from all the other churches that I have visited. The dome of Santa Maria del Fiore happens to be the largest brick dome ever constructed. The Santa Maria Novella and Santa Spirito in Florence are also beautiful churches. Very striking.

Basilica di Santa Maria Novella
Basilica di Santa Spirito

The capital city, Rome, is also home to hundreds of churches approximately 900 as per the list on Wikipedia. Apart from the famous St Peter’s Basilica in The Vatican, there is the church of Saint Agnes. I count myself lucky to have visited there. It is absolutely heavenly amidst a large crowded square. 

Church of Saint Agnes
St Peter’s Basilica

There were also some unusual churches in the offbeat side of the country. For instance the Church of San Lorenzo in Manarola was near a fruit shop overlooking several houses. If one longs for quietude and peace this church is the place to be. Another famous one is the church of Saint Peter- a striking structure of the 12th century in Portovenere.

Church of Saint Peter

The beautiful and picturesque Vernazza was also home to a 13th century church- Santa Margarita d’Antiochia, that stands on a rock. Unfortunately I did not visit the inside of this church.

Church of Santa Margarita d’Antiochia
Church of San Lorenzo


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