UNESCO Heritage Sites in Italy
The city of Matera, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Italy's Basilicata region
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Italy holds the record for the most UNESCO heritage sites in the world.
There are currently 55 UNESCO sites in Italy — 50 cultural and 5 natural — and many others are under consideration.
Many travelers, including myself, use UNESCO’s lists as a guide to deciding where to go, what to see, or what to read (or write) about. UNESCO’s heritage lists provide context to a country’s history and traditions.
Following is a list of Italy’s UNESCO sites. Links to coverage of these sites on Italofile are provided where applicable and will be continuously updated.
Farra di Soligo, located in Italy’s Prosecco HIlls, is the most recent addition to Italy’s UNESCO World Heritage Site list. Photo © Consorzio Tutela del Vino Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG UNESCO Cultural Heritage Sites in Italy Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy 18th-Century Royal Palace at Caserta with the Park, the Aqueduct of Vanvitelli, and the San Leucio Complex Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedral Churches of Cefalú and Monreale Archaeological Area and the Patriarchal Basilica of Aquileia Archaeological Area of Agrigento Archaeological Areas of Pompei, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata Assisi, the Basilica of San Francesco and Other Franciscan Sites Botanical Garden (Orto Botanico), Padua Castel del Monte Cathedral, Torre Civica and Piazza Grande, Modena Church and Dominican Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie with “The Last Supper” by Leonardo da Vinci Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park with the Archeological Sites of Paestum and Velia, and the Certosa di Padula City of Verona City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto Costiera Amalfitana Crespi d’Adda Early Christian Monuments of Ravenna Etruscan Necropolises of Cerveteri and Tarquinia Ferrara, City of the Renaissance, and its Po Delta Genoa: Le Strade Nuove and the system of the Palazzi dei Rolli Historic Centre of Florence Historic Centre of Naples Historic Centre of Rome, the Properties of the Holy See in that City Enjoying Extraterritorial Rights and San Paolo Fuori le Mura Historic Centre of San Gimignano Historic Centre of Siena Historic Centre of the City of Pienza Historic Centre of Urbino Ivrea, industrial city of the 20th century Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto (South-Eastern Sicily) Longobards in Italy. Places of the Power (568-774 A.D.) Mantua and Sabbioneta Medici Villas and Gardens in Tuscany Piazza del Duomo, Pisa Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands (Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto) Prehistoric Pile Dwellings around the Alps Prosecco Hills of Conegliano e Valdobbiadene Residences of the Royal House of Savoy Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes Rock Drawings in Valcamonica Su Nuraxi di Barumini Syracuse and the Rocky Necropolis of Pantalica The Trulli of Alberobello The Sassi and the Park of the Rupestrian Churches of Matera Val d’Orcia Venetian Works of Defence between the 16th and 17th Centuries: Stato da Terra – Western Stato da Mar Venice and its Lagoon Villa Adriana (Tivoli) Villa d’Este, Tivoli Villa Romana del Casale Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont: Langhe-Roero and Monferrato UNESCO Natural Heritage Sites Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe Isole Eolie (Aeolian Islands) Monte San Giorgio Mount Etna The Dolomites Italy’s Intangible Cultural Heritage
In addition to sites one can visit, Italy is also recognized by its intangible cultural heritage. These include the following:
Opera dei Pupi, Sicilian puppet theatre Canto a tenore, Sardinian pastoral songs Traditional violin craftsmanship in Cremona Mediterranean diet (shared with other countries) Celebrations of big shoulder-borne processional structures Traditional agricultural practice of cultivating the “vite ad alberello” (head-trained bush vines) of the community of Pantelleria Falconry, a living human heritage (shared with other countries) Art of Neapolitan “Pizzaiuolo” Art of dry stone walling, knowledge and techniques (shared with other countries)
Italy’s UNESCO sites
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