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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 24-Oct-14

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) 18-Oct-14

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). It took little more than an hour in order to visit Las Pozas, it wasnt crowded when we were there on a Monday morning. We could have stayed longer and seim in the pozas just down a spectacular waterfall, but we left the swimsuits in the car and the water was not as warm as in other places of the Sierra. All in all, a worthy detour if you plan to visit Sierra Gorda and have an overnight stay in Jalpan

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Guanajuato 17-Oct-14

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 22-Mar-14

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). I think this should go in the news section, not sure if the news is reported in any local Mexican website, it should! Also the access to the museum was blocked and the site employees were outside the area, descouraging the tourists from getting closer to the gate. Bad luck!!!

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Writing-on-Stone / Áísínai’pi (T) 19-Sep-13

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). There are two main trails showing the rock carvings; unfortunately one of the two trails (the longest one) is open only every second weekend, and it's possible to visit only with a pre-booked guided tour (because it goes in the restricted area of the park, for archaeological researches). The trail open to the public heads to the Battle Field scene, which is indeed interesting, but since it is dated in the late 1800's, it could not be compared to the marvelous rock carvings of Alta or Valcamonica. The site is also damaged by "contemporary rock carvings" left by people visiting the site; therefore the battle field scene carving is actually protected behind a gate. The site is home to the Praire Rattlesnake, which made me a little bit scared while walking around, especially after I had a close encounter with one of these snakes (it was funny how both of us, me and the snake, run away in opposite directions, scared of each other!!!) The best accommodation option, for who is willing to spend more than just few hours in the park, is the camping on the beach right down the visitor center. A swim in the Milk river and canoeing would be a nice add-on to the road trip.

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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:

Update 2017-05-25

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