Have you ever wondered why Italy is called the "Bel Paese"?
The origins of this nickname date back to ancient times, it is no coincidence that it was already used by great writers of the past such as Petrarch and Dante. Despite the thousand defects of our nation, it continues to be one of the most fascinating on the planet, probably the most beautiful in the world. This is demonstrated by the fact that Italy is the nation that boasts the largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Are you surprised? Well that's it: with beyond 50 protected sites scattered around the peninsula, the beautiful Italy wins this record. But what are and where are the UNESCO sites in Italy?
Let's find out together or starting from those located in the northern regions.
- Emilia Romagna
- Friuli Venezia Giulia
- Trentino Alto Adige
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- Ferrara city of the Renaissance and its Po delta. Listed between 1995 and 1999
- Early Christian monuments of Ravenna. It includes the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, the Church of San Vitale, the Neonian Baptistery, the Archbishop's Chapel, the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, the Arian Baptistery, the Mausoleum of Theodoric, the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare in Classe. Listed in 1996.
- Modena Cathedral, Civic Tower and Piazza Grande. Listed in 1997.
- Forest of Sasso Fratino, is part of the primordial forests of the Carpathian beeches and other regions of Europe. Listed in 2017.
Friuli Venezia Giulia
- Archaeological area and patriarchal basilica of Aquileia. Listed in 1998
- The Dolomites, includes the Province of Udine and the Province of Pordenone. Listed in 2009.
- Cividale del Friuli, is part of the places of power of the Lombards in Italy, included in the list in 2011.
- Palù di Livenza - Santissima (Polcenigo), is part of the prehistoric pile-dwelling sites around the Alps, included in the list in 2011.
- Palmanova fortress, is part of the Venetian defense works between the 2017th and th centuries: Stato da Terra-Stato da Ovest Sea, included in the list in .
- Porto Venere, Cinque Terre and the Islands (Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto), included in the list in 1997.
- Genoa: The Strade Nuove and the system of the Palazzi dei Rolli. Listed in 2006.
- Rock engravings of Val Camonica: It includes the archaeological areas of Capo di Ponte, Ceto, Cimbero, Paspardo, Ossimo, Sellero and Sonico. Listed in 1979.
- Dominican Church and Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie with "The Last Supper" by Leonardo da Vinci (Milan), included in the list in 1980.
- Crespi d'Adda, added to the list in 1995
- Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy, included in the list in 2003
- Monte San Giorgio, added to the list in 2003
- Mantua and Sabbioneta, included in the list in 2008
- Rhaetian Railway in the Albula and Bernina landscape, included in the list in 2008
- The places of power of the Lombards in Italy: It includes the Roman Forum with the Maggi Gambara Palace, the Lombard monastic complex of San Salvatore-Santa Giulia with the Basilica of San Salvatore, the Nuns' Choir, the churches of Santa Giulia and Santa Maria in Solario, the Domus dell'Ortaglia and the Museum of Santa Giulia in Brescia and the Archaeological Park of Castelseprio with the Torba Tower, and the Church of Santa Maria foris portas in Gornate Olona. Listed in 2011
- Prehistoric pile dwellings around the Alps: includes Lavagnone, San Sivino, Gabbiano, Lucone, Lugana Vecchia, Lagazzi del Vho, Bande - Corte Carpani, Castellaro Lagusello, Isolino Virginia-Camilla-Isola di San Biagio, central or delle Monete Bodio, Il Sabbione or northern. Listed in 2011
- Venetian walls of Bergamo, are part of the Venetian defense works between the 2011th and th centuries: State from Land-State from Western Sea. Listed in
- Savoy residences in Turin and surroundings: includes Command area, Palazzo Madama and Casaforte degli Acaja, Palazzo Carignano, Stupinigi hunting lodge, Castello della Mandria, Valentino Castle, Villa della Regina, Moncalieri Castle, Venaria Reale Palace, RiFlights Castle, Ducal Castle of Agliè, Racconigi Royal Castle, Pollenzo Castle, Govone Castle, Valcasotto Palace. Listed in 1997
- Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy. Listed in 2003.
- VI.1-Emissary (Azeglio, Viverone) and Mercurago (Arona), are part of the prehistoric pile-dwelling sites around the Alps - Listed in 2011
- Vineyard landscape of Piedmont: Langhe-Roero and Monferrato. It includes the Barolo Langa, the Grinzane Cavour Castle, the Barbaresco Hills, Nizza Monferrato and Barbera, Canelli and Asti Spumante, Monferrato degli Infernòt. Listed in 2014.
- Ivrea industrial city of the twentieth century. Listed in 2018.
Trentino Alto Adige
- Dolomites (Province of Bolzano, Province of Trento). Listed in 2009.
- Molina di Ledro and Biotopo Fiavé, which are part of the Prehistoric pile dwellings around the Alps. Listed in 2011.
- Venice and its Lagoon (Venice and other municipalities) - 1987
- City of Vicenza and the Palladian villas of Veneto - 1994-1996: includes the City of Vicenza; Villa Trissino (Vicenza); Villa Gazzotti Grimani (Vicenza); Villa Almerico Capra (Vicenza); Villa Angarano (Bassano del Grappa); Villa Caldogno (Caldogno); Villa Chiericati (Grumolo delle Abbadesse); Villa Forni Cerato (Montecchio Precalcino); Villa Godi (Lugo di Vicenza); Villa Pisani Ferri (Lonigo); Villa Pojana (Pojana Maggiore); Villa Saraceno (Agugliaro); Villa Thiene (Quinto Vicentino); Villa Trissino (Sarego); Villa Valmarana Zen (Bolzano Vicentino); Villa Valmarana Bressan (Monticello Conte Otto); Villa Badoer (Fratta Polesine); Villa Barbaro (Maser); Villa Emo (Vedelago); Villa Zeno (Cessalto); Villa Foscari (Mira); Villa Pisani (Montagnana); Villa Cornaro (Piombino Dese); Villa Serego (San Pietro in Cariano); Villa Piovene (Lugo di Vicenza).
- Botanical garden of Padua (Padua), added to the list in 1997
- City of Verona, included in the list in 2000
- The Dolomites, included in the list in 2009
- Belvedere and Frassino (Peschiera del Garda); Tombola (Cerea) Laghetto della Costa (Arquà Petrarca), which are part of the Prehistoric pile dwellings around the Alps, included in the list in 2011
- Fortress of Peschiera which is part of the Venetian defense works between the th and th centuries: State from Land-State from Western Sea, included in the list in 2017
- Prosecco hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, an area characterized by hilly ridges, ciglioni (small terraced vineyards), forests, villages and crops, included in the list in 2019