Italy is a country that is extremely rich in heritage sites. It boasts 50 sites that have been placed on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites – which is more than any other country on the list. This, among other reasons, is why Italy is one of the top tourist destinations in the world.
One of the most popular UNESCO sites in Italy is the Villa Romana del Casale in Sicily. It was built in the 4th century and houses an impressive collection of mosaics.
Another site located in Sicily is the amazing Valley of the Temples which is a cluster of well-preserved Greek Doric temples. They are said to be as magnificent as those in Athens.
The 7 breathtaking Aeolian Islands north of Sicily are a must-see for many tourists on their way to Italy. The island of Stromboli is an active volcano, and Lipari is the largest one of the islands and houses a magnificent archaeological museum. For tours and accommodation in these areas you can visit the Sicily accommodation website.
The region of Tuscany also boasts many exquisite sites. It has as many as 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the last one being added in 2013. The most famous one is the Leaning Tower of Pisa. This site was added to the list in 1987, and is still one of the most popular tourist attractions in Italy.
Another Tuscan site is the Historic Centre of Florence. Added to the list in 1982, this area is often called ‘the birthplace of the Renaissance’. There are also other cities in Tuscany whose historic centre was honoured by making the list. Those are Siena, Pienza and San Gimignano. Each of these places offers a wonderful opportunity to dive into Italy of old, and discover the numerous historical treasures they hide.
Another Tuscan gem is the remains of the Medici family, who were a grand force in Tuscany where they ruled for centuries. They left behind them numerous villas and gardens, which have been added to the UNESCO list in 2013. For tours and accommodation in these areas you can visit the Tuscany Accommodations website.