Travel Guide To Medieval And Renaissance Italy

The renaissance began in the 14th century and ended in the 17th century. It was a period during which new forms of art, scientific discoveries and new religious and political ideas were developed. Its main starting point was in Italy before it spread throughout Europe. During this period, a lot of artists made significant art pieces and architectural masterpieces that still stand to-date (See Italy’s medieval buildings).

If you want to learn about medieval and Renaissance Italy, then your journey will revolve around three of the most famous city states in Italy; Venice, Rome and Florence.

The manner in which these three cities developed is closely related to Italian Renaissance. Therefore, by visiting these cities, you will get information about the Renaissance period and experience medieval architecture.


The city of Florence is where the Renaissance is said to have started off under the able leadership of the Medici family. You’ll definitely want to see the most iconic sight in the whole of Florence, the Duomo. Afterwards you can go the Galleria dell’Accademia to see one of Michelangelo’s famous pieces, the “David” sculpture. If you decide to go to the academia, always ensure that you book your ticket in advance unless you want to remain in line for hours. You should also visit the Uffizi, check out one of Michelangelo’s most famous architectures, the library of San Lorenzo and visit art collections housed in the Pitti Palace.


The renaissance may have started in Florence but Rome instead became the centre of it. It is home to a variety of treasures and masterpieces made by some of the world’s best artistes to date. You should make a date for visiting St. Peters, the oldest church in the whole world. You can also visit the Vatican’s museums and check out the Coliseum where gladiators fought for their lives. The Palazzo Farnese is one of Rome’s most important High Renaissance Palaces and is one of the best examples of what Renaissance Rome had to offer.


Venice became a great place for artists to live because of its immense wealth thanks to its close proximity to the Mediterranean. This in turn had the effect of increased trade with other places from around the world. You can check out the architecture of the Venice Church, San Giorgio Maggiore. You can also take a ride in a gondola around the city to check out its magnificent Renaissance palaces and sights.

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