UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Italy has more than any other country on earth

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Italy
Castles, Palaces, Cathedrals, Cave Drawings, Sassi, Trulli, Nuraghe and More

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Did you know that Italy has more World Heritage Sites than any other country on earth? (And In Italy Online has more information about them than any other website too!). So, what exactly ARE World Heritage Sites?

Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration. Places as unique and diverse as the wilds of East Africa's Serengeti, the Pyramids of Egypt, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the Baroque cathedrals of Latin America make up our world's heritage.

hat makes the concept of World Heritage exceptional is its universal application. World Heritage sites belong to all the peoples of the world, irrespective of the territory on which they are located.

he United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. This is embodied in an international treaty called the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, adopted by UNESCO in 1972.

UNESCO's World Heritage mission is to:


Here are all the sites in Italy currently on the World Heritage Site list. You are bound to encounter at least one of them on your trip, but take a moment to browse: maybe you'll find something new to add to your list!

In Apulia - Puglia

Castel del Monte

In Basilicata

The Sassi and the Park of the Rupestrian Churches of Matera

In Campania

18th-Century Royal Palace at Caserta with the Park, the Aqueduct of Vanvitelli, and the San Leucio Complex

Archaeological Areas of Pompei, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata

Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park with the Archeological sites of Paestum and Velia, and the Certosa di Padula

Amalfi Coast

Historic Centre of Naples

In Emilia Romagna

Cathedral, Torre Civica and Piazza Grande, Modena

Ferrara, City of the Renaissance, and its Po Delta

In Friuli-Venezia Giulia

Archaeological Area and the Patriarchal Basilica of Aquileia

In Latium - Lazio

Etruscan Necropolises of Cerveteri and Tarquinia

Historic Centre of Rome, the Properties of the Holy See in that City Enjoying Extraterritorial Rights and San Paolo Fuori le Mura

Villa Adriana (Tivoli)

Villa d'Este, Tivoli

In Lombardy - Lombardia

Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy

Church and Dominican Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie with "The Last Supper" by Leonardo da Vinci

Crespi d'Adda

Rock Drawings in Valcamonica

In The Marches - Le Marche

Historic Centre of Urbino

In Piedmont - Piemonte

Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy

Residences of the Royal House of Savoy

In Sardinia - Sardegna

Su Nuraxi di Barumini

In Sicily - Sicilia

Archaeological Area of Agrigento

Isole Eolie (Aeolian Islands)

Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto (South-Eastern Sicily)

Villa Romana del Casale

In Tuscany - Toscana

Historic Centre of Florence

Historic Centre of San Gimignano

Historic Centre of Siena

Historic Centre of the City of Pienza

Piazza del Duomo, Pisa

In Umbria

Assisi, the Basilica of San Francesco and Other Franciscan Sites

In Veneto

Botanical Garden (Orto Botanico), Padua

Venice and its Lagoon

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