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Casa di Dante
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Casa di Dante , by György Rusznák
Casa di Dante
Town: Florence
Address: Via S. Margherita 1
Phone: +39 055 219416
e-mail: info@museocasadidante.it
Website: http://www.museocasadidante.it/
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This is the 13th-century location of the home of Alighieri, although Dante himself never lived in this house. It was in the early 20th Century that the Municipality of Florence installed a musem on the property to celebrate the poet.
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Castel Sant D'Angelo
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Castel Sant D'Angelo, by Greg Fulton
Castel Sant D'Angelo
Town: Rome
Address: Lungotevere Castello 50
Phone: +39 06 681 91 11
Price: 0 - 5 EUR
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Having passed Sant' Angelo Bridge, one is immediately confronted with the mighty structure of Castel Sant'Angelo. This fortress was started by Hadrian and was designed to serve as his family tomb. It was not until the Medieval period that this tomb received several additional structures, including the present-day ramparts and tower. Thus, the castle acquired a distinctly Medieval feel. Thoroughly transformed into a citadel, Castel Sant'Angelo is, however, organised around the old tomb of Hadrian, with the innermost walls being perfectly preserved and the Medieval bastions having remained intact. There are also several entrances remaining of the initial construction, as well as the original tower from Hadrian's era. The marble coating and the sumptuous sculptures, however, belong to a more recent epoque.
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Castello Sforzesco
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Castello Sforzesco, by Luca Somazzi
Castello Sforzesco
Town: Milan
Address: Piazza Castello 3
Phone: +39 2 8846 3700
e-mail: claudio.salsi@comune.milano.it

The 14th-century Castello Sforzesco houses several of Milan's museums and art collections. In 1450, the castle was reconstructed by Francesco Sforza and transformed into a ducal residence. The castle has changed hands in comparatively rapid succession under French, Spanish, Austrian and Italian lords. Entrance to the castle is free of charge, and the various museums charge between 3.00 and 7.00 EUR.
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Church of Saint Caterine in Magnanapoli
Town: Rome
Address: Salita del Grillo 37
Phone: +39 06 679 51 00
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Santa Caterina is a 16th-century church located on the Quirinal Hill, in the heart of the Piazza Magnanapoli. The first church was built on this ground in 1575, and it initially belonged to the adjacent convent of Dominican tertiary nuns who brought there the relics of St Catherine. Construction of the present church began in the early 17th Century, on the initiative of Cardinal Scipione Borghese who commissioned the construction of this temple to Carlo Maderno. The work was then continued by Giovanni Battista Soria. In 1924 the whole convent was demolished by the Military Ordinariate, whose headquarters lie just next to the church. Fortunately, some precious frescoes by Antoniazzo Romano survived, representing St Bridget of Sweden and St Catherine of Alexandria.
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Church of Saint John and Paul
Town: Rome
Address: Via di San Paolo della Croce
Phone: +39 06 700 57 45
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This church was built in the 4th Century on the site of the old Roman house on the Celian Hil where two saint martyrs, John and Paul have been buried. The church has been rebuilt several times, first after an earthquake in 442, and then after the 1th-century sack of the Normans. In the early 18th Century the church took on a Baroque style under a restoration project led by Fabrizio Cardinal Paolucci. In the years 1946-67 took place the excavations of the Roman ruins beneath the church. From this period come some of the artifacts held in the church's antiquarium. The altar is built over a bath, where can be found the remains of the two saint martyrs. In the apse there are frescoes of 'Christ in Glory' by Cristoforo Roncalli, as well as paintings depicting martyrdom of Saint John and Pau by Domenico Piastrini and Giacomo Triga.
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Church of Saint Mary in Cosmedin
Town: Rome
Address: Piazza Bocca della Verità
Phone: +39 06 678 1419
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The Church of Saint Mary in Cosmedin, or the Santa Maria in Cosmedin or de Schola Graeca was constructed in the 6th Century on the site of the Templum Herculis Pompeiani, which used to form part of an ancient forum, which used to be a renowned food distribution centre for the poor. The church had three beautiful naves and had the Greek word cosmedin, which means 'beautiful' added to its name.
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Church of San Giorgio Maggiore
Town: Venice
Address: Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore
Phone: +39 41 522 78 27
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The Church of San Giorgio Maggiore is a basilica, situated on the island with the same name in the Venetian lagoon. The Roman Catholic temple boasts outstanding architectural appeal. It was designed by Andrea Palladio, the most recognised Italian architect, in 1566 and was finished soon after his death in 1580. The first religious building at this site was constructed much earlier before this – in the 8th Century. In 982 the whole island was a Benedictine property and the monks established a monastery.
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Church of San Polo
Town: Venice
Address: Campo San Polo
Phone: +39 41 275 04 62
e-mail: info@chorusvenezia.org
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The Church of San Polo originates from the 9th Century when this Byzantine temple dedicated to Apostle Paul of Tarsus was erected. Since then the church has undergone two radical changes and a couple of inconspicuous renovations until it acquired the appearance we can see today. The only element that remains from the Byzantine epoch is the spectacular south doorway of the church.
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