No one can say the Italians aren't god-fearin' people, at least historically. Well in the real early days you could be fed to lions or crucified for being a Christian, then it was allowed, even promoted by the guy who helped
cobble together the bible, Constantine
. Over the years so many churches have been built there is literally a church on every block it seems. And these churches, if placed in the USA, would be called cathedrals. But there they are just churches.