Chiesa di San Giovannello

The church of San Giovanni Battista, better known as San Giovannello, was built in the 14th century on top of another early Christian basilica from the 4th century. It has a beautiful 15th-century portal, a rose window and the top of the façade which are not in line with each other, due to the changes the church has undergone over the centuries, especially in the 18th century. It also has two bell towers on the left of the building, which are now roofless. The interior is in the form of a Latin cross, with three naves, separated by columns alternating with ogival arches.

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