Lifeintaly has often dedicated articles to Italy’s UNESCO sites: UNESCO’s list is not only important because it makes the beauties of the world known, but also because sites within it are often entitled to receive financial support for their upkeeping and preservation. What many may not be aware of is that UNESCO does not only protect works of art...

L'arte della pizza napoletana, riconosciuta quale patrimonio immateriale dell'Unesco, torna al centro dell'attenzione internazionale negli Usa, grazie alle iniziative della Settimana della Cucina Italiana nel mondo. La Settimana della Cucina Italiana nel Mondo ha accompagnato dal 2016 la grande campagna #pizzaUnesco che con oltre 2 milioni di firme...

It was only a few months into my tenure as the Free Press restaurant critic when I realized that — wait — maybe my job was actually, improbably, somehow even better than I imagined. I was sitting in a conference room with two of my editors who wanted to check in to see how I was settling in. During our wide-ranging conversation, I casually mentione...

Noto is blooming. Noto is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is the capital of Sicilian baroque architecture. Colonized in 263 BC by the Romans with a peace treaty, it was under the rule of Gerone II during his reign. Over the centuries it fell under the rule of the Romans, Arabs, Normans and Aragonese. In 1693 the city was completely destroyed by a...

Stepping into the ancient towns of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata (often referred to as Forgotten Cities) is like stepping back in time. Indeed, time seems to have frozen at these sites, which offer a rare glimpse into the lives of the ancient Romans. Eerily preserved by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD the excavated towns offer a...

Ferrara, loderò le  tue vie piane/grandi come fiumane,/che conducono all’infinito chi va solo col suo pensiero ardente: I shall praise your flat streets/as large as rivers/that lead to infinity those walking alone with their fiery thoughts. That’s how our Gabriele d’Annunzio, patriotic poet and high representative of Italy’s Decadentismo described...

Italy is the country in the world with the most UNESCO Heritage Sites: 55, just as many as China which is, however, hundreds of times larger. While Italy has made of artistic and cultural patrimony one of its winning assets also when it comes to economic gain, there are hidden — or less so — corners in the country that time and people appear to hav...

To be in Florence is to experience a magical city that is as ancient as it is modern. Around the block from designer boutiques, visitors can see the birthplace of Dante Alighieri. Then, after eating a delicious gelato, one can stroll the Ponte Vecchio and imagine all the things that have transpired in the city so famous for its art and beauty. The...

The beautiful Ligurian coast that stretches between Portovenere and Cinque Terre is a beautiful landscape that is known for its cultural and its natural value. The disposition of the small towns and villages, the layout and the history of the settlements in this region are highly important and are the reason why it has been added in the list of wor...

One of the most important pilgrimage sites in Italy are the Sacri Monti, or Sacred Mountains, that are located in the northern part of the country. These mountains are actually nine groups of churches and chapels created in the 16th and 17th centuries. Along with their religious significance these structures are also noteworthy for their architectu...