Italian Architectural Tours, Building Guides

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Italian Architectural Tours

Architecture Guides in Italy – Mediterranean Architectural Walks – Major Buildings

post updated 22 March 2024

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Buildings in Italy – Introduction

Our Italian Architectural tours operate in Rome, Milan, Venice, Florence and Palermo.

The Colisseum in Rome:
Italian Architectural Tours - Colisseum Rome
photograph © Marina Diez Cascon

Italian Walking Tours

Rome Architectural Tours

Rome is the capital city of Italy and is located roughly in the middle of the country, on the west coast.

Famous architects with buildings in the city include Massimiliano Fuksas Architects, Zaha Hadid Architects, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Richard Meier Architects, ODBC, Basil Spence and Luigi Moretti.

Celebrated Roman architects from the past include Michelangelo, Bernini, Borromini and Carlo Maderno.

Famous Roman buildings include The Colosseum, St Peter’s Basilica + St Peter’s Square + Sistine Chapel, The Pantheon, St John Lateran – Santa Giovanni in Laterano, the Gesù church, Santa Maria Maggiore, Hadrian’s Mausoleum and the stunning San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane.

Key contemporary Roman buildings include Ara Pacis Museum, MAXXI : National Centre of Contemporary Arts Rome, Palazzetto dello Sport, University of Rome – Senate Building, Jubilee Church, Piazza Augusteo and the Music Auditoria.

Rome Architectural Walking Tour – building tours in central Italy
Italian Architecture Tours - Pantheon Rome

Vatican Building Rome
photos © Marina Diez Cascon

Milan Architectural Tours

Milan is the largest city in the north of Italy. Key new architecture includes the CityLife Skyscraper (aka Endless Tower), University Luigi Bocconi and the New Trade Fair at Rho-Pero. A major historic building is the Santa Maria delle Grazie.

The University Luigi Bocconi by Grafton Architects won the Mies van der Rohe Awards in 2009. The New Trade Fair by Massimiliano Fuksas is outside the city centre but definitely worth a visit.

Key architects with buildings in the city include Massimiliano e Doriana Fuksas Architects, Arata Isozaki, Aldo Rossi, Andrea Maffei Associates, Ian Ritchie Architects, Cesar Pelli, Erick van Egeraat, Studio Nicoletti Associati, OBR Open Building Research, Park Associati and Barreca & La Varra, Architects.

Milan Architectural Tour – building tours in north west Italy

Venice Architectural Tours

This city in north east Italy has 270,000 inhabitants but feels small partly due to the high density. Famous Venetian buildings include the the St Mark’s Basilica on Piazza San Marco, the Ca’ d’Oro, the Doge’s Palace and La Fenice. Key contemporary Venice buildings include LCV Law Court Offices and the Jesolo Lido Village Condominium. An interesting new structure is the Quarto Ponte sul Canal Grande – a bridge over the Grand Canal by Santiago Calatrava. Famous architects with buildings in the city include Richard Meier, Rem Koolhaas, Carlo Scarpa and Alvar Aalto.

Venice Architecture Walking Tours – building tours in north east Italy

Florence Architectural Tours
The capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Although best known for historic architecture our guide can show you a range of new and old buildings. Key contemporary Florence buildings include Scandicci New Centre, Florence TAV Station and the Artwood Showroom in Castelfiorentino. Famous architects with buildings in the city include Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Foster + Partners, c+s associati and LDA.iMdA architects.

Florence Architecture Walking Tours – building tours in Tuscany, central-north Italy

Palermo Architectural Tours

Palermo is the capital city of the island of Sicily, in southern Italy. The city has around 855,000 inhabitants and is over 2,700 years old. Although bets know for older architecture there is an interior by Carlo Scarpa in the city centre. Key contemporary Sicilian buildings include the Ri.MED Biomedical Research & Biotechnology Center and the Villa GM in Marina di Ragusa by Architrend Architecture.

Palermo Architecture Walking Tours – building tours in Sicily, southern Italy

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Italian Walking Tours

Italian Architecture Tours are typically focused on the major buildings in any city. Our guides can show groups certain building types or buildings in certain areas. Please let us know of any preferences and we can try to assist.

Catholic Cemetery Rome:
Catholic Cemetery Rome
photo © Marina Diez Cascon

Italian Walking Tours

Contact Isabelle Lomholt to arrange your architectural tour to Italy on
mob. +44 (0)7952 149814 or isabelle(at)

Payments required in full prior to the architecture tour.

Gianicolo on Sunday in Rome:
Gianicolo Sunday Rome
photo © Marina Diez Cascon

Architecture Tours

Other than Italy, e-architect organise architecture walking tours in other countries such as Greece, Spain, France and the UK.

More photos of key buildings in Rome, capital of Italy:

Photographs © Marina Diez Cascon

The Pantheon, Roma:
Pantheon Roma

Vatican Building, Rome:
Vatican Rome buildings

Vatican buildings Rome

MAXXI in Rome:

Museum of Rehabilitation in Rome:
Museum Rehabilitation Rome

Park Celimontana, Rome:
Park Celimontana Rome

San Ignazio Church, Rome:
San Ignazio Church Rome

Scavio, Rome:
Scavio Rome

Storinos, Rome:
Storinos Rome
photo © Marina Diez Cascon

Tevere, Roma – River Tiber:
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Trastevere, Roma:
Trastevere Rome

Trastevere Roma

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