Being the center of Catholicism, it’s no surprise that Italy is home to many of the world’s most beautiful churches. Here, we’ve handpicked our favorite ten Italian churches, from landmarks like St. Peter’s Basilica and the Milan Duomo, to lesser-known beauties in Sicily and Umbria that are worth a pilgrimage.

Being the center of Catholicism, it’s no surprise that Italy is home to many of the world’s most beautiful churches. Here, we’ve handpicked our favorite ten Italian churches, from landmarks like St. Peter’s Basilica and the Milan Duomo, to lesser-known beauties in Sicily and Umbria that are worth a pilgrimage.

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Navigli Grande, at the city's south end, is a perfect spot for an end-of-day stroll.

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You don't need to be Catholic to appreciate the beauty of Rome’s 600-plus churches. While tourists head straight for St. Peter’s Basilica, the tradition since 1552 has been for pilgrims (and in-the-know tourists) to make a circuit of the Seven Pilgrimage Churches of Rome.

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You don't need to be Catholic to appreciate the beauty of Rome’s 600-plus churches. While tourists head straight for St. Peter’s Basilica, the tradition since 1552 has been for pilgrims (and in-the-know tourists) to make a circuit of the Seven Pilgrimage Churches of Rome.

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The Most Beautiful Churches in Italy - Photos

The 10 Most Beautiful Churches in Italy

It took almost six centuries to build this spectacular duomo—Italy’s largest Gothic cathedral and the third-largest church in the world. It boasts 135 marble spires, 135 gargoyles, and more than 3,400 statues, which you can admire up close from its rooftop. (Look out for Madonnina, the golden statue of Mary that stands atop the cathedral’s highest spire.) The inside is just as impressive: you’ll find 52 marble columns, magnificent stained glass windows, and stunning altars designed by famed…

The 10 Most Beautiful Churches in Italy

It took almost six centuries to build this spectacular duomo—Italy’s largest Gothic cathedral and the third-largest church in the world. It boasts 135 marble spires, 135 gargoyles, and more than 3,400 statues, which you can admire up close from its rooftop. (Look out for Madonnina, the golden statue of Mary that stands atop the cathedral’s highest spire.) The inside is just as impressive: you’ll find 52 marble columns, magnificent stained glass windows, and stunning altars designed by famed…

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