ITALY When I get to compete with some friends and CCTzens from other country, on what is the most beautiful country in the world, I always boast of this fact: in the face of all the charts that put us in the end, Italy is at the very first place on the World Heritage List compiled by Unesco. With 53 Sites (in 2017 and many others on hold), our beautiful country holds the highest number of awards in the world.
Today, in 2014, Italy has 50 Unesco sites.
“World Heritage Site” is the official name of which, according to the World Heritage Convention adopted by the UNESCO General Conference on 16 November 1972, identifies, with precise criteria, places and areas which are relevant from the point of the peculiarities cultural, artistic, archaeological, environmental or landscape. Like, for example, in our case: The Dolomites, the City of Verona, Ferrara and the Po Delta, the historical center of San Gimignano and those of Siena, Florence, Rome and Naples, Villa Adriana and Villa d’Este in Tivoli the archaeological area of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata, the Sassi and the Park of the Rock Churches of Matera, the Amalfi Coast, Aeolian Islands, etc… And the first Site identified in Italy (1979) is the Rock Drawings in Valcamonica in the province of Brescia (Lombardy). (Here the List of all the Italian Sites: www.unesco.it/cni/index.php/siti-italiani).