World Heritage Sites in Italy

Site nameEntered
Rock Drawings in Valcamonica1979
Historic Centre of Rome, the Properties of the Holy See in that City Enjoying Extraterritorial Rights and San Paolo Fuori le Mura 1980
Church and Dominican Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie with "The Last Supper" by Leonardo da Vinci 1980
Historic Centre of Florence 1982
Piazza del Duomo, Pisa 1987
Venice and its Lagoon1987
Historic Centre of San Gimignano 1990
The Sassi and the park of the Rupestrian Churches of Matera1993
City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto 1994
Ferrara, City of the Renaissance, and its Po Delta 1995
Historic Centre of Naples 1995
Historic Centre of Siena 1995
Crespi d'Adda1995
Historic Centre of the City of Pienza 1996
Early Christian Monuments of Ravenna1996
The trulli of Alberobello1996
Castel del Monte1996
Su Nuraxi di Barumini1997
Villa Romana del Casale1997
Archaeological Area of Agrigento1997
Archaeological Areas of Pompei, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata1997
Cathedral, Torre Civica and Piazza Grande, Modena 1997
Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands (Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto) 1997
Botanical Garden (Orto Botanico), Padua1997
Residences of the Royal House of Savoy1997
18th-Century Royal Palace at Caserta, with the Park, the Aqueduct of Vanvitelli, and the San Leucio Complex 1997
Costiera Amalfitana1997
Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park with the Archeological sites of Paestum and Velia, and the Certosa di Padula 1998
Historic Centre of Urbino 1998
Archaeological Area and the Patriarchal Basilica of Aquileia1998
Villa Adriana (Tivoli)1999
Assisi, the Basilica of San Francesco and Other Franciscan Sites2000
City of Verona2000
Isole Eolie2000
Villa d'Este, Tivoli 2001
Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto (South-eastern Sicily)2002
Monte San Giorgio2003
Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy2003
Val d'Orcia2004
Etruscan Necropolises of Cerveteri and Tarquinia2004
Syracuse and the Rocky Necropolis of Pantalica2005
Genoa: Le Strade Nuove and the system of the Palazzi dei Rolli2006
Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes2008
Mantua and Sabbioneta2008
The Dolomites 2009
Prehistoric Pile Dwellings around the Alps2011
The Longobards in Italy, Places of Power, 568 - 774 A.D.2011
Medici Villas and Gardens in Tuscany2013
Mount Etna2013
The Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont: Langhe-Roero and Monferrato 2014

Tentative list of Italy
Arab-Norman Palermo and the cathedral churches of Cefalù’ and Monreale
Archipelago of la Maddalena and Islands of Bocche di Bonifacio
Bradyseism in the Flegrea Area
Cappella degli Scrovegni
Cascata delle Marmore and valnerina: Monastic sites and ancient hydrogeological reclamation works
Cattolica Monastery in Stilo and Basilian-Byzantine complexes
Centro Storico di Lucca
Centro storico di Parma
Centro Storico di Pavia e Certosa
Citadel of Alessandria
Cittá-fortezza di Palmanova
Espace transfrontalier Marittime-Mercantour (Les Alpes de la Mer)
Giardini Botanici Hambury
Island of Asianra
Ivrea, industrial city of the 20th century
Karstic caves in prehistoric Apulia
Lake Maggiore and Lake D'Orta lakelands
Massif du Mont-Blanc
Monte Sant' Angelo and the Via Sacra Langobardorum
Mothia and Libeo Island: The Phoenician-Punic Civilization in Italy
Orvieto
Parco Nazionale della Sila – Sila, gran bosco d’Italia
Pelagos: The Cetacean Sanctuary
Ponds in the Bay of Oristano and the Sinis Peninsula island of Mal di Ventre
Romanesque Cathedrals in Puglia
Salento and the "Barocco Leccese"
Sulcis Iglesiente
Taormina and Isola Bella
The Aniene valley and Villa Gregoriana in Tivoli
The city of Bergamo
The Lower Palaeolithic Palaeosurfaces at Isernia-La Pineta and Notarchirico
The Marble Basin of Carrara
The Murge of Altamura
The Porticoes of Bologna
The Prosecco Hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene
The Transhumance: The Royal Shepherd's Track
The Venetian Works of defence between 15th and 17th centuries
Via Appia "Regina Viarum"
Villas of the Papal Nobility
Volterra: Historical City and Cultural Landscape

Sites that have been nominated in the past
Archeological Park of Selinunte
Convent of Santa Giulia-San Salvatore
Fossil Forest of Dunarobba
National Park of Abruzzo
Ostia Antica, Porto + Isola Sacra
Palermo and Monreale Cathedral
Parco Nazionale Del Gran Paradiso

Brescia (December 2013)

Blessed with unusually warm and sunny weather for mid-December, I had a very succesful trip looking out for (T)WHS around Brescia in northern Italy. These aren't unmissable sites per se, but the reward in just 3 days of driving around in the Italian Alps was high. Highlights: the world class Sta. Giulia museum in Brescia & finally getting a grip on the enigmatic Pile Dwellings.

. Rock Drawings in Valcamonica
. Crespi d'Adda
. Dolomites
. Prehistoric Pile Dwellings


Northwest Italy (February 2013)

Although I've travelled to Italy for numerous times, the northwest has always been overlooked. It is not served by direct flights from Holland, and the region does have a more industrial focus than the rest of the country. I made up for that with a 4-day trip, flying into Milan and back from Genoa (via Paris). I travelled around by train and found Turin covered in snow, but the mediterranean feel of Genoa and Cinque Terre won me over.

. Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
. Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands
. Genoa


Tivoli & Spoleto (September 2012)

The last of my summer weekends in Europe I spent in Central Italy. I stayed for two nights in the town of Tivoli near Rome, host to no less than two WHS. Both are classics since the times of the Grand Tour. And from there I drove north into Umbria in search for the remains of the enigmatic Longobards ("long beards").

. Villa Adriana (Tivoli)
. Villa d'Este
. Longobards in Italy