The Renaissance architectural movement emerged in Italy in the 15th century, and borrowed heavily from classical styles and structures, particularly ancient Roman and Greek designs. During the High Renaissance period, it became the go-to architectural trend throughout Italy, quickly spreading as far afield as the Baltic States, the Iberian Peninsula and the British Isles.
Fusing classical Roman techniques and tropes with Renaissance themes and aesthetics, buildings typical of the period share similar architectural elements, including columns, arches, domes, pilasters, vaults and imposing facades. The style would go to influence other movements, particularly Baroque and Neoclassical designs.
Let’s take a look at a handful of Renaissance buildings you can admire on an Emerald Waterways’ European river cruise.