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Riccardo Quaranta

My name is Riccardo and I was born near Rome, in Italy. I'm in love with traveling and the beauty of this world. I believe that one of the best ways to appreciate what the world and its people offer is to travel and learn from this amazing experience.

A great way to learn and understand everything that is different from our daily life is by appreciating the heritage that is left for us by people, together with the stunning beauty of nature. This is why I am interested in the UNESCO World Heritage. Through them, I feel like I’m learning what people are capable of doing and I am always amazed at the incredible shows that Nature is capable of disclosing before our eyes. I want to share my passion with the rest of the world, because I strongly believe that the world would be a much better place if everyone could travel and see this incredible beauty with their own eyes, the way I do.

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Old Havana 13-Nov-18

Old Havana by Riccardo Quaranta

The capital city of Cuba, Havana (or La Habana as it is called in Spanish) is a city that bears the signs of a troubled history, although at times prosperous, and of the influence of different cultures.

It was founded in 1519 by the Spanish colonizers and it quickly gained importance as one of the largest ports and main centers for ship-building in the Caribbean.

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Angkor 12-Nov-18

Angkor by Riccardo Quaranta

Between the 9th and the 15th century, in the region that is now Cambodia, near the modern-day city of Siem Reap, Angkor, the capital of the Khmer Empire, flourished.

During those centuries, Angkor was the capital of the Khmer Kingdom and it grew to such a size that it is now considered the largest pre-industrial city in the world.

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Ensemble de Beng Mealea (T) 10-Nov-18

Ensemble de Beng Mealea (T) by Riccardo Quaranta

Beng Mealea is about 75km away from the main group of the Angkor temples, therefore it is quite isolated from the rest of the archaeological area. It’s mostly surrounded by thick forest and it’s mostly collapsed. What is really interesting about this temple is the mystery that surround it. It is known that it was built during the Angkor Wat period, because of the architectural style, but its history is unknown. And yet, it is one of the largest Khmer temples. Moreover, being so isolated, not that many visitors reach this temple and private transportation has to be arranged. In my opinion, the hassle and the higher cost to get to Beng Mealea was totally worth it. That day I really felt like those explorers who found this temple after it had been forgotten for centuries in the jungle.

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Sighisoara 04-Jun-17

Sighisoara by Riccardo Quaranta

In the 12th century, King Géza II of Hungary invited German craftsmen and merchants, generally known as Transylvanian Saxons, to settle in Transylvania, at the time part of the Kingdom of Hungary, to defend the frontier of the realm. Among the first settlements founded by the Saxons was the town that is now known as Sighișoara (Schäßburg in German).

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Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras 04-Jun-17

Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras by Riccardo Quaranta

Ifugao, which means People of the Hill, is a province in the Cordillera Administrative Region on the island of Luzon, in the Philippines. This area is famous for the 2000 years old rice terraces that are inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List with the name of “Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras“. This was the first property to be included in the Cultural Landscape category.

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Name: Riccardo Quaranta

Country: Italy

Visited WHS: 164

Most Impressive: Rome, Angkor (Cambodia), Machu Picchu.

Proposal New WHS: Bagan, Myanmar. Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy. Titicaca Lake, Peru. Mount Bromo, Indonesia.


Update 2018-11-05 07:05:15

  1. Angkor : 5.0
  2. Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River : 5.0
  3. Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras : 5.0
  4. Hill Forts of Rajasthan : 4.5
  5. Old Havana : 4.5
  6. Skocjan Caves : 4.5
  7. Heritage of Mercury : 3.5
  8. Sighisoara : 3.0
  9. Vigan : 3.0
  10. Sangiran Early Man Site : 2.0
  11. Ivrea : 1.0
  12. Acropolis
  13. Agra Fort
  14. Agrigento
  15. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  16. Ancient Kyoto
  17. Ancient Nara
  18. Ancient Thebes
  19. Arequipa
  20. Assisi
  21. Ayutthaya
  22. Bali Subak system
  23. Baroque Churches
  24. Belem
  25. Belfries
  26. Bellinzone
  27. Borobudur
  28. Botanical Garden, Padua
  29. Boyana Church
  30. Budapest
  31. Castel del Monte
  32. Cathedral of St. James in Sibenik
  33. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
  34. Cienfuegos
  35. Cilento and Vallo di Diano
  36. City of Luxembourg
  37. Cologne Cathedral
  38. Costiera Amalfitana
  39. Cracow
  40. Cuzco
  41. Dolomites
  42. Dong Phayayen
  43. Dubrovnik
  44. Elephanta Caves
  45. Etruscan Necropolises
  46. Fatehpur Sikri
  47. Ferrara
  48. Florence
  49. Fortress of Suomenlinna
  50. Genbaku Dome
  51. Genoa
  52. Grand Place, Brussels
  53. Ha Long Bay
  54. Hallstatt-Dachstein
  55. Historic Cairo
  56. Hoi An
  57. Humayun's Tomb
  58. Hué
  59. Independence Hall
  60. Isole Eolie
  61. Istanbul
  62. Itsukushima Shrine
  63. Jantar Mantar
  64. Kinabalu Park
  65. Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou
  66. Kutna Hora
  67. La Lonja de la Seda
  68. Lima
  69. Longobards in Italy
  70. Luang Prabang
  71. Macao
  72. Machu Picchu
  73. Mantua and Sabbioneta
  74. Matera
  75. Medina of Fez
  76. Medina of Marrakesh
  77. Megalithic Temples of Malta
  78. Meknes
  79. Melaka and George Town
  80. Mining Sites of Wallonia
  81. Modena
  82. Monte San Giorgio
  83. Mostar
  84. Mount Etna
  85. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  86. Naples
  87. Nasca Lines
  88. Nikko
  89. Nubian Monuments
  90. Old Rauma
  91. Oporto
  92. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  93. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  94. Pienza
  95. Pilgrimage Church of Wies
  96. Plitvice Lakes
  97. Pompei
  98. Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands
  99. Prague
  100. Prambanan
  101. Prehistoric Pile Dwellings
  102. Primeval Beech Forests
  103. Pyramids (Memphis)
  104. Qhapaq Ñan
  105. Qutb Minar
  106. Rabat
  107. Ravenna
  108. Red Fort
  109. Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
  110. Riga
  111. Rila Monastery
  112. Rock Drawings in Valcamonica
  113. Rome
  114. Royal Exhibition Building
  115. Royal Palace at Caserta
  116. Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy
  117. Salzburg
  118. San Gimignano
  119. San Marino and Mount Titano
  120. Santa Maria delle Grazie
  121. Schönbrunn
  122. Shirakawa-go and Gokayama
  123. Siena
  124. Singapore Botanic Gardens
  125. Sintra
  126. Split
  127. Stari Grad Plain
  128. Statue of Liberty
  129. Stećci
  130. Stonehenge
  131. Struve Geodetic Arc
  132. Sukhothai
  133. Sydney Opera House
  134. Taj Mahal
  135. Tallinn
  136. Thang Long
  137. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
  138. The trulli of Alberobello
  139. Tower of London
  140. Trier
  141. Trinidad and the Valley de los Ingenios
  142. Trogir
  143. Tugendhat Villa
  144. University of Coimbra
  145. Urbino
  146. Val d'Orcia
  147. Valletta
  148. Vatican City
  149. Venetian Works of Defence
  150. Venice and its Lagoon
  151. Verona
  152. Versailles
  153. Vicenza
  154. Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensemble of Mumbai
  155. Vienna
  156. Villa Adriana (Tivoli)
  157. Villa d'Este
  158. Vilnius
  159. Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont
  160. Viñales Valley
  161. Volubilis
  162. Warsaw
  163. Westminster
  164. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  1. Ancient Buddhist Site, Sarnath, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh (T)
  2. Ancient cities of Upper Myanmar : Innwa, Amarapura, Sagaing, Mingun, Mandalay (T)
  3. Bagan Archaeological Area and Monuments (T)
  4. Bishop's Basilica and Late-Antique Mosaics of Philippopolis, Roman Province of Thrace (T)
  5. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  6. Cascata delle Marmore and valnerina: Monastic sites and ancient hydrogeological reclamation works (T)
  7. Caves of the Buda Thermal Karst System (T)
  8. Central Park (T)
  9. Centro Storico di Lucca (T)
  10. Chocolate Hills Natural Monument (T)
  11. Cienaga de Zapata National Park (T)
  12. Cittadella (Victoria - Gozo) (T)
  13. Coastal Cliffs (T)
  14. Cultural Landscape of Innsbruck-Nordkette/Karwendel (T)
  15. Dahab (T)
  16. Delhi - A Heritage City (T)
  17. Diocletian's Palace and the Historical Nucleus of Split (extension) (T)
  18. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee (T)
  19. El Nido-Taytay Managed Resource Protected Area (T)
  20. Ellis Island (T)
  21. Ensemble de Beng Mealea (T)
  22. Extension of the World Heritage Site "Historic Centre of Prague" with the important Monuments in its Vicinity (T)
  23. Ha Long Bay – Cat Ba Archipelago (T)
  24. Historical City Centre of Yogyakarta (T)
  25. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  26. Inle Lake (T)
  27. Jaipur city, Rajasthan India (T)
  28. Karstic caves in prehistoric Apulia (T)
  29. Khor Dubai (T)
  30. Knights Fortifications around the Harbours of Malta (T)
  31. Lake Maggiore and Lake D'Orta lakelands (T)
  32. Lake Titicaca (T)
  33. Le champ de bataille de Waterloo, la fin de l’épopée napoléonienne (T)
  34. Le Panorama de la Bataille de Waterloo, exemple particulièrement significatif de « Phénomène de Panoramas » (T)
  35. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (T)
  36. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (T)
  37. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (T)
  38. Les passages de Bruxelles / Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert (T)
  39. Massif du Mont Blanc (T)
  40. Massif du Mont-Blanc (T)
  41. Mdina (Citta Vecchia) (T)
  42. Monuments, Sites and Cultural Landscape of Chiang Mai, Capital of Lanna (T)
  43. Moulay Idriss Zerhoun (T)
  44. Nice, la ville neuve née du tourisme, ou l’invention de la Riviera (T)
  45. Orheiul Vechi Archaeological Landscape (T)
  46. Orvieto (T)
  47. Qawra/Dwejra (T)
  48. Reef System in the Cuban Caribbean (T)
  49. Romanesque Cathedrals in Puglia (T)
  50. Salento and the "Barocco Leccese" (T)
  51. ShUM cities of Speyer, Worms and Mainz (T)
  52. Taormina and Isola Bella (T)
  53. Temples, Shrines and other structures of Ancient Kamakura (T)
  54. That Luang de Vientiane (T)
  55. The Ancient Plovdiv (T)
  56. The Aniene valley and Villa Gregoriana in Tivoli (T)
  57. The Area of Old Carved Stone in Sapa (T)
  58. The city of Bergamo (T)
  59. The Cultural Landscape of Civita di Bagnoregio (T)
  60. The cultural landscape of the Benedictine settlements in medieval Italy (T)
  61. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  62. The historic urban site of Počitelj (T)
  63. The Holy place of worship of Ukonsaari by the Sami people at Inari (T)
  64. The Laponian Area - Tysfjord, the fjord of Hellemobotn and Rago (T)
  65. The Old Town of Jakarta (Formerly old Batavia) and 4 Outlying Islands (Onrust, Kelor, Cipir dan Bidadari) (T)
  66. The Porticoes of Bologna (T)
  67. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  68. Via Appia "Regina Viarum" (T)
  69. Villas of the Papal Nobility (T)
  70. Wooden Monasteries of Konbaung Period : Ohn Don, Sala, Pakhangyi, Pakhannge, Legaing, Sagu, Shwe-Kyaung (Mandalay) (T)