After these sad accounts of robbings in Rome more than a year ago, maybe does this thread need to be revitalized? :-)
So, what has been going on recently?
- From the information gathered in the respective threads, these are going to be the upcoming nominations.2020: Padova urbs picta
(painted city) - Scrovegni chapel and other XIVth century paintings2021:
The porticoes of Bologna2022:
? Unknown - Via Appia?
The river Tiber???)
- As a comparison of some kind, the inscriptions of the last years were:2019:
The Prosecco hills2018:
Venetian works of Defence (Bergamo, Peschiera del Garda and Palmanova)2016:
Nothing!!! How's that possible? :-P
I have to say, the last four years seem to me to have brought forth quite unpredictable or weak choices. Who would have ever said that Ivrea would ever make it on the list?!? Among all the cities, it doesn't (didn't) attract much consideration beyond probably modern architecture/urbanistic enthusiasts. Also, the Prosecco hills came not so long after the vineyards in Piedmont. Of the nominations of the few last years, the Venetian Stato da Terra
was maybe the more "classic" one, albeit from an unusual perspective: three sites with a potential of their own got inscribed because of their fortifications. I mean, surely for Bergamo the part of this WHS are its Venetian walls, but it somehow feels as though the whole city got rewarded. It is not clear to me if this will hinder some possible future candidation of the rest
of the city (which has been sitting on the tentative list for 14 years).
The upcoming nominations look like a return to the classics and might fill some "gaps": I read that Padova is one of the most beloved missing Italian sites in the forum, so many will be delighted to see it inscribed (I'm pretty sure it will)! And Bologna might well deserve its spot on the list as a città d'arte
, too. Other possibilities like the Via Appia and the quirky, but valuable collection of historical sites along the Tiber (if it will ever make it in time for 2023) would also represent kind of "safe choices" with a rather high chance of being accepted.
So, for the future, let's hope that they will choose well from the TWHS and to get some cross-border WHS in to outrun China and come on top again! :-P One of my personal favorites among the TWHS is the Emilian Karst
, especially the part in Reggio Emilia, of which I will perhaps write a review... it would be quite unique and the first natural one after Mount Etna after ten or more years. Others simply do not make sense, like the Via Francigena, which I hope will be quickly forgotten. I'm neither a great fan of Parma, actually. Still others, like Lago Maggiore & d'Orta, have some potential (I am thinking of the Isole Borromee) but need more focus.
Now, what's in the works? I know of the following:
- Mediterranean Alps
: I am wondering what they are going to do with this one...
- The aforementioned river Tiber
(the most important river in the world
, as boasted by someone...): https://www.msn.com/it-it/notizie/italia/roma-tevere-patrimonio-dell-umanit%C3%A0-lanciata-la-candidatura/ar-BB19ojnX
-- They said "everything will be ready in three years"...
- There are vague ideas for very vague sites in Valtellina
, as Solivagant investigated
- The application to add Sardinia's nuraghes
to the tentative list has been just sent, with very good chances: https://www.ansa.it/canale_viaggiart/it/regione/sardegna/2020/10/06/ansai-nuraghi-si-candidano-a-diventare-patrimonio-unesco_4baab51e-96ab-403e-b2a6-b8048c72ff6b.html
-- Now, this would be very interesting and I think I could vouch for it. But be prepared, if really everything goes through, this might involve more than 3500 chamber tombs, 10000 nuragic towers, and more. That's how you do it, no compromises!
- And finally, a petition was started to candidate the Alpine forts of Piedmont and Valle d'Aosta
, like Bard
-- They emphasize the touristic aspect more than anything else, let's see if they'll do it. Indeed, some stages at the Giro d'Italia (and some restauration works, if I remember well) brought some more attention to the forts.