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UNESCO World Heritage Italy

Italy is the richest “UNESCO World Heritage” sites country than any other one in the world. Counting the new entry “Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedral Churches of Cefalú and Monreale” in Sicily, they are now 51. 46 sites qualified as cultural ones and 5 as natural ones. Many of them are located in top cities but others are in places of natural beauty or off the beaten track locations. Allow time to yourself to visit a few of these on your travels. Planning an itinerary around these places can be an extraordinary experience.

For an easy localization of the sites we divided the list in three parts: Northern Regions, Central Regions and South Regions and Islands

Northern areas and regions

  1. Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy (2003)
  2. Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes (2008)
  3. Prehistoric Pile dwellings around the Alps (2011)

Liguria

  1. Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands (Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto) (1997)
  2. Genoa: Le Strade Nuove and the system of the Palazzi dei Rolli (2006)

Piedmont

  1. Residences of the Royal House of Savoy (1997)
  2. The Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont: Langhe-Roero and Monferrato

Lombardy

  1. Rock Drawings in Valcamonica (1979)
  2. Church and Dominican Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie with “The Last Supper” by Leonardo da Vinci (1980)
  3. Crespi d'Adda (1995)
  4. Mantua and Sabbioneta (2008)
  5. Longobards in Italy. Places of the Power (568-774 A.D.) (2011)

Veneto

  1. Venice and its Lagoon (1987)
  2. City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto (1994)
  3. Botanical Garden (Orto Botanico), Padua (1997)
  4. City of Verona (2000)

Friuli Venezia Giulia

  1. Archaeological Area and the Patriarchal Basilica of Aquileia (1998)

Central regions

Emilia Romagna

  1. Ferrara, City of the Renaissance, and its Po Delta (1995)
  2. Early Christian Monuments of Ravenna (1996)
  3. Cathedral, Torre Civica and Piazza Grande, Modena (1997)

Tuscany

  1. Historic Centre of Florence (1982)
  2. Piazza del Duomo, Pisa (1987)
  3. Historic Centre of San Gimignano (1990)
  4. Historic Centre of Siena (1995)
  5. Historic Centre of the City of Pienza (1996)
  6. Val d'Orcia (2004)
  7. Medici Villas and Gardens in Tuscany (2013)

Umbria

  1. Assisi, the Basilica of San Francesco and Other Franciscan Sites (2000)

Marche

  1. Historic Centre of Urbino (1998)

Lazio

  1. Historic Centre of Rome, the Properties of the Holy See in that City Enjoying Extraterritorial Rights and San Paolo Fuori le Mura (1980)
  2. Villa Adriana (Tivoli) (1999)
  3. Villa d'Este, Tivoli (2001)
  4. Etruscan Necropolises of Cerveteri and Tarquinia (2004)

South regions and islands

Apulia

  1. The Trulli of Alberobello (1996)
  2. Castel del Monte (1996)

Basilicata

  1. The Sassi and the Park of the Rupestrian Churches of Matera (1993)

Campania

  1. Historic Centre of Naples (1995)
  2. Costiera Amalfitana (1997)
  3. Archaeological Areas of Pompei, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata (1997)
  4. 18th-Century Royal Palace at Caserta with the Park, the Aqueduct of Vanvitelli, and the San Leucio Complex (1997)
  5. Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park with the Archeological Sites of Paestum and Velia, and the Certosa di Padula (1998)

Sicily

  1. Villa Romana del Casale (1997)
  2. Archaeological Area of Agrigento (1997)
  3. Syracuse and the Rocky Necropolis of Pantalica (2005)
  4. Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto (South-Eastern Sicily) (2002)
  5. Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedral Churches of Cefalú and Monreale (2015)

Sardinia

  1. Su Nuraxi di Barumini (1997)