UNESCO, an arm of the United Nations, has established a list of the World Heritage Sites, the Earth’s most significant places, based on historical, cultural, and aesthetic considerations. These places should be preserved so that all mankind can appreciate their legacy, their significance, and their beauty.
Italy is first in the number of World Heritage Sites, with over forty (40). Certainly many of these are vestiges of the Roman Empire which was such an important era in the history of this nation. But Italy is much more than just Romans. It was a center for the Arts, leading the resurgence that is known as the Renaissance; it was an important center for world trade; and religious history, especially associated with Christianity, had its beginnings here.
Historic Center of Rome — Visitors can still walk along the streets that Julius Caesar walked as they visit the Roman Forum, which was the center of town in 50 BC.
Historic Center of Florence — The cradle of the Renaissance is one of Italy’s most popular destinations. References to and evidence of DaVinci and Michelangelo are everywhere in the city.
Venice and its Lagoon — Venice is one of the world’s most unique and most beloved destinations. This city, composed of more than 100 islands cobbled together, is enchanting and romantic. All the people in the world should visit before they die.
Piazza del Duomo, Pisa — The Campo dei Miracoli (the Field of Miracles) is one of the world’s most beloved public spaces. Much of the enchantment revolves around the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the poorly constructed bell tower of the Duomo.
Historic Center of San Gimignano — The delightful Tuscan Hill Town of San Gimignano epitomizes these medieval, walled villages which are characteristic of this popular region.