UNESCO World Heritage is the designation for places and destinations that are recognized of outstanding universal value and as such, have been inscribed on the World Heritage List to be protected for future generations. Sites can be inscribed on the list for their Cultural or Natural value (or both).
Of the current 1007 designated sites, 55 are in Italy, and 2 in the independent Republic of San Marino and in the Vatican Holy See; this is the the greatest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites that are visitable in a single country, even if a few are shared with neighboring countries.
Most of these sites are cultural and while they include the classic “top ten places to visit in Italy”, the complete list becomes an interesting tool to explore the diversity of Italy’s cultural heritage and gather inspiration for some “off the beaten track” exploration.
We suggest starting to draw inspiration for your next trip with the full list that we share here with you in an interactive Google map and sorted by Region (in brackets the year of designation and the type of site) .
Also, remember to visit San Marino, even if not formally an Italian site it is located in the geographical context of the Romagna region.
Also remember that the Vatican, Holy See is a listed Heritage site (Cultural 1984), not formally attributed to Italy
Enjoy your discovery of Italy Unesco sites!