Pantheon, Rome

The pock-marked facade of the Pantheon.  Its dome was the world’s largest for close to two thousand years.

Pantheon, Rome

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Tuscan countryside

Surrounded by such beautiful scenes, it isn’t too hard to imagine where the great Italian artists of the Renaissance may have gotten some of their inspiration from.

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The picturesque Tuscan town of San Gimignano is famous for its towers.

St Peter’s Basilica, Rome

The baldacchino and immense dome of the largest church in the world.  St Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Palace remain the ultimate symbols of the incredible heights of opulence, wealth and waste that the Roman Catholic Church reached during the 16th century.

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