The incredible diversity of Italy’s World Heritage is simply stunning. The long list includes little known pre-historic dwellings in the Alps and the magnificent Dolomites in the north, da Vinci’s the Last Supper in Milan, La Serenissima that is Venice and its Lagoon and the exquisite byzantine mosaic art of Ravenna, the vineyards of Piedmont and Cinque Terre, the historic centres of Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, Rome and Naples, and in the south, Sicily’s Greek temples of Agrigento and the legacy of the Normans in Palermo and Cefalù, to name but a handful of the enlisted sites.
You could literally spend a lifetime exploring this multitude of historically invaluable treasures. With all due respect to the main art cities of Rome, Florence and Venice, they are without doubt major points of reference but not necessarily exclusive destinations in themselves.
As the map* indicates, you will find astonishingly beautiful art and architecture in every corner of the country.
Italy has currently 53 sites on the World Heritage list. The latest additions are Venetian Works of Defence between 15th and 17th centuries: Stato da Terra – western Stato da Mar, a transnational site shared with Croatia and Montenegro (July 2017).
- For more see: Italy overview page
*) Not updated.