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The region has one of the highest standards of living. When not dining in Bologna, you can take time to explore its artistic heritage. Other art cities abound—none more noble than Byzantine Ravenna, still living off its past glory as the one-time capital of the declining Roman Empire. If you can visit only one more city in the region, make it Parma, to see the city center with its Duomo and baptistery and to view its National Gallery. This is the home of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and prosciutto.
Doric style, including those at Paestum south of Naples, and in Sicily at Segesta and Agrigento, including the remarkably preserved Temple of Concord. Greek theaters survive in Sicily at Taormina, Segesta, and Syracuse (which was the largest in the ancient world). One of the best places to see Roman architecture, of course, is Rome itself, where examples of most major public buildings still exist. D. D. D. D. ). By the way, Roman basilicas, which served as law courts, took the form of rectangles supported by arches atop columns along both sides of the interior, with an apse at one or both ends; the form was later adopted by early Christians for their first grand churches.
This iconographic tradition was imported from the eastern half of the Roman Empire centered at Byzantium (its major political outposts in Italy were Ravenna and Venice). Faces (and eyes) were almond-shaped with pointy little chins; noses were long, with a spoonlike depression at the top; and folds in robes (always blue over red) were represented by stylized cross-hatching in gold leaf. Romanesque sculpture was somewhat more fluid but still far from naturalistic. Often wonderfully childlike in its narrative simplicity, the work frequently mixes biblical scenes with the myths and motifs from local pagan traditions that were being slowly incorporated into early medieval Christianity.
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