Pictures & Images of Italy. Photos of Italian Historic & Landmark Sites { 145 galleries }

Pictures of Italy and Italian landmark historical monuments and cities. Italy is so rich in culture and scenery that it is many things to many people. To some the Italy is summed up by a romantic trip in a Gondola on a Venetian canal, to others Italy is summed up by the Romans and great historic monuments like the Colosseum. For many a walk around the narrow lanes an ancient Tuscan hill town to a medieval square with a cafe is heaven, whist others search out Renaissance master pieces in the small towns and villages all over Italy. Italy has been at the heart of what has become European culture for over 2000 years. The Romans were the first Italians stamp their laws, culture and art on the Mediterranean with such gusto that they have never been written out of history since. The void of the decline of the Western Romans in Italy was filled by so called barbarians such as the Lombards who added another layer of culture whilst trying to keep the idea of the Roman Empire alive. This job though fell to the Roman Catholic Church and its Popes who from Rome slowly took control of western and northern Europe and made all of its kings kneel at their feet. For large periods of time the Popes were from the aristocratic families of Italy who treated the post as their right of inheritance. These Italian Popes grew rich and powerful by peddling their divine authority over the politics of medieval Europe both making and breaking Kings. The tithes and indulgences the Church received made the Roman Church the biggest single land owner in Italy and the rest of Europe. Until the Risorgimento was completed in 1871 Italy was made up of feudal states with feudal Lords that were in more or less constant conflict. This is why Italy has so many incredible hill towns full of fine buildings and artworks. Every town and city was the thiefdom of a great or petty lord who wanted to show off his wealth, culture and learning through the works of architecture and art he commissioned. The church in Italy were the major patrons of Romanesque art and architecture but the Italian Renaissance saw secular patrons such as the Medici’s in Florence or the Sforza’s in Milan who commissioned the great Italian artists and brought them to their courts.Great Italian republics like Venice were patrons of new movements such as the Baroque but Venetian excesses were matched by the great courts of the Kings of Naples at Caserta. Until 1871 the whole of Italy played an incredibly expensive game of one upmanship which has left it with an incredible legacy of history, art and architecture. Italy travel stock photography pictures and images. Professional Italy photos with images of Rome and Venice and pictures of the Amalfi Coast. Our Italian photography pictures include photos of the North and the South of Italy. Buy Prints & Royalty free Italy images or contact us to discuss prices.

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