1. Travel
You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

Centro Storico

By

Definition: 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
Examples:
Dove si trova il centro storico? (Where does one find the historic center?)
  1. About.com
  2. Travel
  3. Italy Travel
  4. Italy Travel Glossary
  5. Centro Storico - The Historical Center of an Italian City

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.