UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN ITALY

Unesco Italian Sites: the complete list of Unesco World Heritage List Sites in Italy by region and plotted on a Google map to easily locate them.

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.

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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) .

Unesco World Heritage List sites in Piedmont

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  • Residences of the Royal House of Savoy (Cultural, 1997)
  • Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy — The 7 churches and religious centres in Piedmont (Cultural, 2003)
  • Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont: Langhe-Roero and Monferrato (Cultural, 2014)
  • Ivrea, industrial city of the 20th Century (Cultural, 2018)

Unesco World Heritage List sites in Liguria

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  • Porto Venere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands (Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto) (Cultural, 1997)
  • Genoa, Le Strade Nuove and the system of the Palazzi dei Rolli  (Cultural, 2006)

Unesco World Heritage List sites in Lombardy

  • Rock Drawings in Valcamonica (Cultural, 1979)
  • Church and Dominican Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie with The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci (Cultural,1980)
  • Crespi d’Adda (Cultural, 1995)
  • Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy – Varese and Ossuccio, the 2 sites in Lombardy (Cultural, 2003)
  • Mantua and Sabbioneta (Cultural, 2008)
  • Rhaetian Railway, in the Albula/Bernina Landscapes – shared with Switzerland (Cultural, 2008)
  • Monte San Giorgio – shared with Switzerland (Natural, 2010)
  • Longobards in Italy, Places of Power (568-774 A.D.) – a grouping of seven Longobard sites: of which Brescia and Castelseprio in Lombardy (Cultural, 2011)
  • Prehistoric Pile dwellings around the Alps, shared with Austria, Germany, France, Slovenia, Switzerland (Cultural, 2011)
  • Venetian Works of Defence between the 16th and 17th Centuries: Stato da Terra / Western Stato da Mar – various sites of which The fortified city of Bergamo in Lombardy. Shared with Croatia and Montenegro (Cultural, 2017)

Unesco World Heritage List sites in Veneto

  • Venice and its lagoon (Cultural, 1987)
  • City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto (Cultural,1994)
  • Botanical Garden (Orto Botanico), Padua (Cultural,1997)
  • City of Verona (Cultural, 2000)
  • The Dolomites – The majestic mountains in Veneto and Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol (Natural, 2009)
  • Prehistoric Pile dwellings around the Alps, shared with Austria, Germany, France, Slovenia, Switzerland (Cultural, 2011)
  • Venetian Works of Defence between the 16th and 17th Centuries: Stato da Terra / Western Stato da Mar – various sites of which the fortified city of Peschiera del Garda in Veneto. Shared with Croatia and Montenegro (Cultural, 2017)

Unesco World Heritage List sites in Trentino – Alto Adige

  • The Dolomites – The majestic mountains in Veneto and Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol (Natural, 2009)
  • Prehistoric Pile dwellings around the Alps, shared with Austria, Germany, France, Slovenia, Switzerland (Cultural, 2011)

Unesco World Heritage List sites in Friuli – Venezia Giulia

  • Archaeological Area and the Patriarchal Basilica of Aquileia (Cultural, 1998)
  • Longobards in Italy, Places of Power (568-774 A.D.) — It’s a group of seven Longobard sites: of which Cividale del Friuli, is in Friuli-Venezia Giulia (Cultural, 2011)
  • Prehistoric Pile dwellings around the Alps, shared with Austria, Germany, France, Slovenia, Switzerland (Cultural, 2011)
  • Venetian Works of Defence between the 16th and 17th Centuries: Stato da Terra / Western Stato da Mar – various sites of which the City fortress of Palmanova is in Friuli-Venezia Giulia. Shared with Croatia and Montenegro (Cultural, 2017)
  • Le Colline del Prosecco di Conegliano e Valdobbiadene (Cultural, 2019)

Unesco World Heritage List sites in Emilia Romagna

  • Ferrara, City of the Renaissance, and its Po Delta (Cultural, 1995)
  • Early Christian Monuments of Ravenna (Cultural, 1996)
  • Cathedral, Torre Civica and Piazza Grande, Modena (Cultural,1997)
  • Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe, Monte Raschio, Sasso Fratino (Natural, 2017)

Also, remember to visit San Marino, even if not formally an Italian site it is located in the geographical context of the Romagna region.

Unesco World Heritage List sites in Tuscany

  • Historic Centre of Florence (Cultural, 1982)
  • Piazza del Duomo, Pisa (Cultural, 1987)
  • Historic Centre of San Gimignano (Cultural, 1990)
  • Historic Centre of Siena (Cultural,1995)
  • Historic Centre of the City of Pienza (Cultural,1996)
  • Val d’Orcia (Cultural, 2004)
  • Medici Villas and Gardens in Tuscany (Cultural, 2013)

Unesco World Heritage List sites in the Marche

  • Historic Centre of Urbino (Cultural, 1998)

Unesco World Heritage List sites in Umbria

  • Assisi, the Basilica of San Francesco d’Assisi and other Franciscan Sites (2000)
  • Longobards in Italy, Places of Power (568-774 A.D.) — It’s a group of seven Longobard sites: of which Spoleto and Campello sul Clitunno in Umbria (Cultural, 2011)

Unesco World Heritage List sites in Lazio

  • Historic Centre of Rome, the Properties of the Holy See in that City Enjoying Extraterritorial Rights and San Paolo Fuori le Mura (Cultural, 1980)
  • Villa Adriana (Tivoli) (Cultural, 1999)
  • Villa d’Este, Tivoli — The classic Renaissance villa, with magnificent water gardens (Cultural, 2001)
  • Etruscan Necropolises of Cerveteri and Tarquinia  (Cultural, 2004)
  • Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe, Monte Raschio, Monte Cimino (Natural, 2017)

 

Also remember that the Vatican, Holy See is a listed Heritage site (Cultural 1984), not formally attributed to Italy

Unesco World Heritage List sites in Abruzzo

  • Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe, Selva Moricento, Coppo del principe, Coppo del Morto, Val Fondillo, Valle Cervara (Natural, 2017)

Unesco World Heritage List sites in Campania

  • Historic Centre of Naples (Cultural, 1995)
  • Costiera Amalfitana (Cultural, 1997)
  • 18th century Royal Palace of Caserta with the Park, the Aqueduct of Vanvitelli and the San Leucio Complex (Cultural, 1997)
  • Archaeological Areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata (Cultural, 1997)
  • Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park with the Archæological sites of Pæstum and Velia, and the Certosa di Padula (Cultural, 1998)
  • Longobards in Italy, Places of Power (568-774 A.D.) — It’s a group of seven Longobard sites: of which Benevento is in Campania (Cultural, 2011)

Unesco World Heritage List sites in Puglia

  • Castel del Monte (Cultural, 1996)
  • The Trulli of Alberobello (Cultural, 1996)
  • Longobards in Italy, Places of Power (568-774 A.D.). It’s a group of seven Longobard sites: of which Monte Sant’Angelo is in Apulia (Cultural, 2011)
  • Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe, Foresta Umbra (Natural, 2017)

Unesco World Heritage List sites in Basilicata

  • The Sassi and the Park of the Rupestrian Churches of Matera (Cultural, 1993)
  • Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe, Faggeta Vetusta (Natural, 2017)

Unesco World Heritage List sites in Sardinia

  • Su Nuraxi di Barumini (Cultural, 1997)

Unesco World Heritage List sites in Sicily

  • Archaeological Area of Agrigento (Cultural, 1997)
  • Villa Romana del Casale (Cultural, 1997)
  • Mount Etna — The tallest active volcano in Europe  (Natural, 2013)
  • Syracuse and the Rocky Necropolis of Pantalica, Sicily (Cultural, 2005)
  • Isole Eolie (Aeolian Islands), Sicily (Natural, 2000)
  • Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto; eight towns in South-Eastern Sicily: Caltagirone, Militello in Val di Catania, Catania, Modica, Noto, Palazzolo Acreide, Ragusa and Scicli (Cultural, 2002)
  • Arab Norman Palermo and the Cathedral Churches of Cefalù and Monreale (Cultural, 2015)

Enjoy your discovery of Italy Unesco sites!

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