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Alessandro Votta Profile

My dream is to visit as many WHS as possible. I started living this dream in 2010, let's see how far I can go!

2014 Trips done (37 new sites):
January 2014: Southern Spain and Portugal (10 sites)
February 2014: Waterton Park (second visit)
March 2014: Central Mexico (8 sites)
April 2014: Arizona-New Mexico-Colorado (3 sites)
May 2014: Poland (Malbork & Bialowieza, 2 sites)
July 2014: Newfoundland and Labrador (Gros Morne, L'Anse-Aux-Meadows, Red Bay)
August 2014: Southern Italy (Matera, Castel del Monte, 6 sites in Sicily)
September 2014: Eastern USA (Monticello, Mount Vernon TL and Independence Hall)
October 2014: Central Mexico (Guanajuato, San Miguel, Queretaro, Franciscan Mission in Sierra Gorda, second visit to Camino Real with Hacienda de Buenavista, Former Royal Hospital in San Miguel & Puente de San Rafael)
Dec14: Italy-France-Spain (21 new sites)

Feb-15: Xochicalco-Morelia-Monarch Butterfly Reserve (3 sites)
Apr-15: USA (Yosemite)
May-15: USA (Pueblo de Taos-Carlsbad)

Jan-16: Cuba (4 sites from Havana)

Aug-16: Canada-Alaska parks (Kluane, Glacier Bay), Nahanni, Wood Buffalo. Missed Sgaang Gwaay due to bad weather, despite of 3 beautiful days in Gwaay Hanaas :(((

Jan-17: San Antonio

May-17: Yucatan peninsula, Mexico (Palenque, Campeche, Uxmal, Chichen Itza, Sian Ka'an)


August-17: USA: Great Smokey Mountain, Mammoth Cave

November-17: Mexico: Oaxaca, Mitla

December-17: tbd!! Somewhere in South America?

Visited Sites Alessandro Votta

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Recent Reviews Alessandro Votta

Franciscan Missions in the Sierra Gorda Alessandro Votta

We've visited 4 out of 5 missions inscribed in this WHS during our Queretaro trip on October 2014. The missions are very similar and they show some of the characteristics of the about 2 centuries older missions around Popocatepetl, like the open chapel at the side of the church.

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Las Pozas, Xilitla (T) Alessandro Votta

During my 2 days trip to Sierra Gorda de Queretaro, I've managed to take the 1,5 hours driving from Jalpan to Xilitla, where out of the village and apparently in the middle of nowhere, you'll find the entry to Las Pozas. The gardens are open every year and there is a small entry fee. The main "palace" is very close and visible from the unpaved dirty street you have to take in order to get to Las Pozas (it may become particularly hard to drive, after a rainy day (luckily it wasn't out case). The gardens and concrete structures are well integrated into a main surrealistic environment, many of the concrete structures are just "useless" and just for beauty, mostly representing flowers or bamboo. Particularly remarkable are the "stairs to nowhere", with no handrail and scary to climb (luckily the scariest steps where closed, in order to mantain the integrity of the structure).

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Guanajuato Alessandro Votta

I've visited 5 WHS in Central Mexico in October 2014 and I've really liked Guanajuato. It is different from the nearby cities of San Miguel de Allende and Queretaro, it is much more colourful and its layout is so strange, set against the hills and with so many underground streets!

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Xochicalco Alessandro Votta

Not sure where to write this... Anyways Xochicalco site is closed since 2 days because of a protest of local farmers. People trying to get close to the gates are sent away with machetes. My guide didn't know anything about it, so I got there this morning (March 22nd 2014) and I witnessed the unpleasant scene. Against more than 100 people, there wereonly a couple of police patrols. Hopefully the situation will be cleared soon, but I've missed the visit to the site, since my next days are fully booked. Anyways I could "admire" the Unesco logo in the washrooms (luckily these people let us use the toilet when they realized my 6-years-old kids needed it). Pretty disappointing for our first day in Mexico!!! Also 2 tourist buses were sent away when I was there (one of Mexican seniors and the other of Japanese tourists).

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Writing-on-Stone / Áísínai’pi (T) Alessandro Votta

This is an easy TL site to reach from Calgary, it is a 4-hours each way driving and it could be managed in a one-day road trip. I don't think there is any public transportation leading to this site, therefore a car rental is the only feasible option. The park is easy to reach even without GPS, there are plenty of road sign, once left the small town of Milk River on the hwy 501 driving east. The park is a "small replica" of the Dinosaur Provincial Park, same badlands aspect; with the landscape made of hoodoos, cliffs and the Milk river flowing in between, it would be a nice site itself, even without the "writing on stone". The visitor center is small but interesting; because of the description of the native people living in the area, it reminded me of the much bigger visitor center in Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump (2 hours north of this site).

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Profile data

Name: Alessandro Votta

Country: Italia - Canada

Visited WHS: 305

Most Impressive: Palenque, Urnes Stavkirke, Polonnaruwa, Petra, Al-Hijr Archaeological Site (Madain Salih)

Proposal New WHS:

Recently Visited WHS

Update 25.05.17


  1. Major Town Houses
  2. Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai
  3. Land of Frankincense
  4. Val di Noto
  5. Villa d'Este
  6. Val d'Orcia
  7. Guimarães
  8. Vienna
  9. Aranjuez
  10. Alto Douro
  11. Tugendhat Villa
  12. Wooden Churches of Southern Malopolska
  13. Churches of Peace
  14. Calakmul
  15. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  16. Stralsund and Wismar
  17. Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy
  18. Trebic
  19. Franciscan Missions in the Sierra Gorda
  20. Town Hall and Roland, Bremen
  21. Monte San Giorgio
  22. Um er-Rasas
  23. Muskauer Park
  24. Primeval Beech Forests
  25. Luis Barragán House and Studio
  26. Vegaøyan
  27. Causses and Cévennes
  28. Etruscan Necropolises
  29. Centennial Hall
  30. Plantin-Moretus Museum
  31. Struve Geodetic Arc
  32. Qal'at al-Bahrain
  33. West Norwegian Fjords
  34. Syracuse
  35. Cienfuegos
  36. Central Highlands
  37. Aflaj irrigation system
  38. Genoa
  39. Vizcaya Bridge
  40. Rideau Canal
  41. Dolomites
  42. Berlin Modernism Housing Estates
  43. San Marino and Mount Titano
  44. Central University City Campus of the UNAM
  45. Bordeaux
  46. Wooden Churches of the Slovak Carpathians
  47. San Miguel de Allende
  48. Fortifications of Vauban
  49. Joggins Fossil Cliffs
  50. Mantua and Sabbioneta
  51. Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve
  52. Al-Hijr
  53. Stoclet House
  54. Tower of Hercules
  55. Heritage of Mercury
  56. Wadden Sea
  57. Longobards in Italy
  58. Turaif Quarter
  59. Albi
  60. Redwood
  61. Al Ain
  62. Mining Sites of Wallonia
  63. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  64. Camino Real
  65. Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin
  66. Historic Jeddah
  67. Prehistoric Pile Dwellings
  68. Pearling
  69. Elvas
  70. Fagus Factory
  71. Wadi Rum
  72. University of Coimbra
  73. Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont
  74. Al Zubarah
  75. Grand Pré
  76. Red Bay Basque Whaling Station
  77. Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe
  78. Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region
  79. Mount Etna
  80. Baptism Site "Bethany Beyond the Jordan"
  81. San Antonio Missions
  82. Olympic National Park
  83. Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
  84. Amiens Cathedral
  85. Orange
  86. Arles
  87. Speyer Cathedral
  88. Würzburg Residence
  89. Florence
  90. Medici Villas and Gardens
  91. Hildesheim Cathedral and Church
  92. Cahokia Mounds
  93. Anuradhapura
  94. Polonnaruva
  95. Sigiriya
  96. Old Havana
  97. Avignon
  98. Saint-Savin sur Gartempe
  99. Nahanni National Park
  100. Wood Buffalo National Park
  101. Belem
  102. Monastery of Batalha
  103. Convent of Christ in Tomar
  104. Mesa Verde
  105. Lübeck
  106. Yellowstone
  107. Vatican City
  108. Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust
  109. Cracow
  110. Cologne Cathedral
  111. Aachen Cathedral
  112. Warsaw
  113. Québec
  114. Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
  115. Statue of Liberty
  116. Yosemite National Park
  117. Auschwitz Birkenau
  118. Altamira Cave
  119. Segovia
  120. Asturian Monuments
  121. Cordoba
  122. Granada
  123. Burgos Cathedral
  124. El Escurial
  125. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  126. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  127. Petra
  128. Quseir Amra
  129. Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Bialowieza Forest
  130. Pont du Gard
  131. Fortified City of Carcassonne
  132. Santiago de Compostela
  133. Avila
  134. Painted Churches in the Troödos Region
  135. Rock Art of Alta
  136. Chaco Culture
  137. Waterton Glacier International Peace Park
  138. Evora
  139. Trier
  140. Mudejar Architecture of Aragon
  141. Toledo
  142. Salamanca
  143. Seville
  144. Caceres
  145. Venice and its Lagoon
  146. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  147. Castel del Monte
  148. L'Anse aux Meadows
  149. Budapest
  150. Sinharaja Forest
  151. Sian Ka'an
  152. Palenque
  153. Mexico City and Xochimilco
  154. Teotihuacan
  155. Puebla
  156. Gros Morne National Park
  157. Westminster
  158. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  159. Bahla Fort
  160. Bat, Al-Khutm and Al-Ayn
  161. Monticello
  162. Kandy
  163. Old Town of Galle
  164. Trinidad and the Valley de los Ingenios
  165. Guanajuato
  166. Chichen-Itza
  167. Tower of London
  168. Taos Pueblo
  169. Strasbourg
  170. Monastery of Alcobaça
  171. Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch
  172. Poblet Monastery
  173. Úbeda and Baeza
  174. Potsdam
  175. Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz
  176. Quedlinburg
  177. Maulbronn Monastery
  178. Royal Palace at Caserta
  179. Røros
  180. San Gimignano
  181. Golden Temple of Dambulla
  182. Zamosc
  183. Urnes Stave Church
  184. Morelia
  185. Bryggen
  186. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  187. Reims
  188. Prague
  189. Cesky Krumlov
  190. Banska Stiavnica
  191. Spissky Hrad and Levoca
  192. Telc
  193. Vlkolinec
  194. Rammelsberg and Goslar
  195. Bamberg
  196. El Tajin
  197. Bourges Cathedral
  198. Mérida
  199. Santa Maria de Guadelupe
  200. Route of Santiago de Compostela
  201. Matera
  202. Donana National Park
  203. Miguasha Park
  204. Völklingen Ironworks
  205. Pilgrimage Church of St. John of Nepomuk
  206. City of Luxembourg
  207. Popocatepetl monasteries
  208. Dinosaur Provincial Park
  209. Vicenza
  210. Siena
  211. Glacier parks
  212. Messel Pit
  213. Carlsbad Caverns
  214. Sintra
  215. Aggtelek and Slovak Karst
  216. Naples
  217. Bauhaus Sites
  218. Crespi d'Adda
  219. Kutna Hora
  220. Ferrara
  221. Schokland
  222. Old Town Lunenburg
  223. Grand Canyon
  224. Oporto
  225. Pannonhalma
  226. Defence Line of Amsterdam
  227. Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape
  228. Canal du Midi
  229. Fertö/Neusiedlersee
  230. Independence Hall
  231. Cuenca
  232. La Lonja de la Seda
  233. Luther Memorials
  234. Salzburg
  235. Semmering Railway
  236. Schönbrunn
  237. The trulli of Alberobello
  238. Ravenna
  239. Pienza
  240. Paphos
  241. Uxmal
  242. Querétaro
  243. Maritime Greenwich
  244. Verona
  245. Las Medulas
  246. Palau de la Musica Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau
  247. Yuso and Suso Monasteries
  248. Hallstatt-Dachstein
  249. Chartres Cathedral
  250. Kinderdijk
  251. Tallinn
  252. Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
  253. Botanical Garden, Padua
  254. Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands
  255. Modena
  256. Urbino
  257. Pompei
  258. Versailles
  259. Costiera Amalfitana
  260. Agrigento
  261. Villa Romana del Casale
  262. Torun
  263. Viñales Valley
  264. Cilento and Vallo di Diano
  265. Malbork Castle
  266. Choirokoitia
  267. Riga
  268. Flemish Béguinages
  269. The Four Lifts
  270. Grand Place, Brussels
  271. Holy Trinity Column
  272. Gardens and Castle at Kromeríz
  273. Holasovice
  274. Coa Valley and Siega Verde
  275. Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal
  276. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
  277. Rock-Art of the Mediterranean Basin
  278. Tarraco
  279. Alcala de Henares
  280. Bellinzone
  281. Campeche
  282. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  283. Wartburg Castle
  284. Beemster Polder
  285. Litomysl Castle
  286. Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
  287. Villa Adriana (Tivoli)
  288. Isole Eolie
  289. Rome
  290. Santa Maria delle Grazie
  291. Palmeral of Elche
  292. Graz
  293. Saint-Emilion
  294. Xochicalco
  295. Rock Drawings in Valcamonica
  296. Belfries
  297. Rietveld Schröderhuis
  298. Wachau Cultural Landscape
  299. Bardejov Town
  300. Zollverein
  301. St. George, Bermuda
  302. Roman Walls of Lugo
  303. Atapuerca
  304. Assisi
  305. Brugge
  1. Death Valley National Park
  2. Divided Cities along the German Border
  3. Klondike and the Gold Rush Trails
  4. Major Buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright
  5. Mecca, Kaaba
  6. Mount Rushmore
  7. Neuschwanstein Castle
  8. Panama Canal
  9. Petrified Forest National Park
  10. Scrovegni's Chapel
  11. Suez Canal
  12. Vers une architecture: Major Buildings of Le Corbusier