UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Italy
Italy attracts millions of visitors each year, a country rich in history and filled with beautiful landscapes. It is also home to 53 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which is more than any other country in the world. It’s no wonder then that so many people enjoy Italy for its cultural and environmental significance. Including buildings laid down by the Roman Empire to natural landscapes, here are just some of the UNESCO sites worthy of a visit.
Historic Centre of Rome
See where the gladiators did battle at the famous Colosseum or where Caesar made important decisions in the Roman Forum. Make a wish at Trevi Fountain or keep an eye out for the Pope in Vatican City. With so much in one place, book combination tickets in advance and arrange to meet your tour guide nice and early.
The Amalfi Coast
Stretching 50km along Italy’s Sorrentine Peninsula, the Amalfi Coast is a popular holiday destination. Made up of several villages, joined together by a communal train and with a beautiful coastline perfect to sail along in a private boat trip. If you want to really get away from it all, then enjoy long walks in the rural countryside.
Another seaside retreat is that of Cinque Terre, featuring a series of fishing villages. Enjoy the food and wine with seafood specialties having trekked along the rugged terrain.
Just outside of Florence is the medieval town of San Gimignano. Surrounded by walls, the towers and fortresses provided protection against invasion. 14 of its towers still stand to this day, so how about taking a historical tour to learn more.
Church and Dominican Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie
Italy is filled with references to its Roman Catholic origins, with the Convent of Santa Maria holding one of the most famous images of them all. The Last Super by Leonardo da Vinci.
City of Verona
Founded in the 1st century BC, the whole city of Verona has since been given a World Heritage status. Largely for preserving a number of monuments from antiquity, the medieval and Renaissance periods.
If you’re after an adventurous holiday, then head out to the Italian Alps. The mountain range reaches heights of 3,000 meters and is perfect for taking one of those skiing classes you’ve always wanted.
With a history traced back to at least the 5th century, the vines in Piemonte are protected as part of the UNESCO award.
Spread across 118 islands, the unique city of Venice is joined together by a network of canals and bridges. You won’t be able to use your hire car in the old town, so how about joining a walking tour or bike ride. Then of course there’s the once in a lifetime opportunity to explore Venice via the ultimate transport, with your very own gondola.