Religious Sanctuaries of Italy
This collection of Religious Sanctuaries of Italy is gathered from every corner of the country.
Although each of eight sites below shares the common thread of being a Catholic sanctuary and pilgrimage site, some of the buildings themselves are quite unique.
Completely breaking the mould of the traditional architectural methods of religious buildings is the Renzo Piano designed Sanctuary of Padre Pio in the hill town of San Giovanni Rotondo in the southern Italian region of Puglia.
The Santuario Madonna della Corona in Veneto draws gasps with its precarious position clinging to a cliff-side while the magnificent Sacra di San Michele in Piedmont in many ways resembles a medieval fortress from the outside. One of the most quirky sights in Italy is the Santuario di Madonna di Frasassi in the Marche region which takes the form of a small circular church somehow built inside a cave.