Chiesa e Battistero dei SS Giovanni e Reparata


The 12th-century interior of this deconsecrated church is a hauntingly atmospheric setting for summertime opera and concert recitals (, staged daily at 7pm; buy tickets (adult/reduced €25/20) in advance inside the church or at a cheaper rate before 6pm from the tourist office – €20 instead of €25.

In the north transept, the Gothic baptistry crowns an archaeological area comprising five building levels going back to the Roman period. Don't miss the hike up the red-brick bell tower.

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