Country File: Italy

Today we’re hopping across the Adriatic from the Balkans and heading for the current world leader in World Heritage Sites — an amazing FIFTY-FOUR and another FORTY on the Tentative Lists — which will probably not surprise you given its commanding heights of historical culture from Roman times on: the Repubblica Italiana, commonly known as Italy!

Italy joined UNESCO on 27 January 1948, making it a real country by‘s standard, and it has 54 inscribed and 40 tentative World Heritage Sites:

18th-Century Royal Palace at Caserta with the Park, the Aqueduct of Vanvitelli, and the San Leucio Complex
Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy
Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe
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 Urbino
Historic Centre of the City of Pienza
Isole Eolie (Aeolian Islands)
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
Monte San Giorgio
Mount Etna
Piazza del Duomo, Pisa
Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands (Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto)
Prehistoric Pile Dwellings around the Alps
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 Dolomites
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 Romana del Casale
Villa d’Este, Tivoli
Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont: Langhe-Roero and Monferrato

Archipelago of La Maddalena and Islands of Bocche di Bonifacio
Bradyseism in the Flegrea Area
Cascata delle Marmore and Valnerina: Monastic sites and ancient hydrogeological reclamation works
Cattolica Monastery in Stilo and Basilian-Byzantine complexes
Citadel of Alessandria
Evaporite karst and caves of Emilia Romagna RegionFortress Town of Palmanova
Great Spas of Europe
Hanbury botanical gardensHistoric Centre of Lucca
Historic Centre of Parma
Historic centre of Pavia and ChartreuseIsland of AsinaraKarstic caves in prehistoric Apulia
Lake Maggiore and Lake D’Orta lakelands
Les Alpes de la Méditerranée
Massif du Mont-Blanc (inscription comme patrimoine naturel transfrontalier, avec France et Suisse)Mothia Island and Lilibeo: The Phoenician-Punic Civilization in Italy
OrvietoPadova Urbs Picta. Giotto, the Scrovegni Chapel and the 14th century painting cycles
Parco Nazionale della Sila – Sila, gran bosco d’ItaliaPelagos: The Cetacean Sanctuary
Ponds in the Bay of Oristano and the Sinis Peninsula island of Mal di VentreRomanesque Cathedrals in Puglia
Salento and the “Barocco Leccese”Sulcis Iglesiente
Taormina and Isola Bella
The Aniene valley and Villa Gregoriana in TivoliThe Cultural Landscape of Civita di BagnoregioThe Lower Palaeolithic Palaeosurfaces at Isernia-La Pineta and Notarchirico
The Marble Basin of CarraraThe Murge of Altamura
The Porticoes of Bolognahe Prosecco Hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene. (Le Colline del Prosecco di Conegliano e Valdobbiadene
The Transhumance: The Royal Shepherd’s TrackThe city of Bergamo
The cultural landscape of the Benedictine settlements in medieval ItalyVia Appia “Regina Viarum”
Villas of the Papal NobilityVolterra: Historical City and Cultural Landscape

TCC counts Croatia as four places,

  • Italy
  • Lampedusa
  • Sardinia
  • Sicily

and MTP counts it as 22:


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