Similar to most alike European countries, since the twenty-first century Catholicism is still the prevailing belief system of most Italians. However, through recent studies it has been shown that Italians are now more interested in spirituality as opposed to religion, meaning that Italians might describe themselves as spiritual, but not a strict religious follower.
Italy is home to numerous sacred sites that attract many visitors each year. Basilica di San Francesco in Assisi is popular for both its intense spirituality, and inspiring art. This memorial built to honor Brother Francis, a highly spiritual man who lived a simple life in in poverty attracts spiritual followers and art lovers alike.
Yet another wildly popular Italian site is home to seven ancient Greek Temples, the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento. Founded in 580 BC by Greek Colonists, the most famous temple of Agrigento is the Temple of Concord, which is one of the best-preserved Doric temples in the world.
One of the most popular spiritual sites in Rome still can be found as Pantheon. Built as early as 27 BC, This ancient temple was originally built to commemorate the victory of Actium over Anthony and Cleopatra was later converted into the church or Santa Maria ad Matyres. To this day, Parthenon remains as not only a highly popular tourist site, but also a hot spot for weddings.
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