The Centro Storico
is the historical center of an Italian city. Here's where you want to spend lots of time, since the outskirts of modern Italian cities are almost universally lacking in charm. Many railway stations are located on the edge of the Centro Storico; if not, there will likely be signs to it from the train station.
A majority of buildings in a Centro Storico will be from the late medieval period, but may be interspersed with bits of Roman architecture (as in Rome) or massive Etruscan walls (as in Perugia). The Centro Storico may be entirely bound by ancient walls that still exist today, as in Lucca.
Pronunciation: chentro storico
Also Known As: il centro, historic center
Dove si trova il centro storico? (Where does one find the historic center?)