Italian monumental and historic sites are vast in number and several of them are, in fact, part of the UNESCO World Heritage. From top to bottom, the country hosts r5 sites chosen by UNESCO as part of their exclusive list of the world’s most amazing beauties. Organizing your trip to Italy based on its UNESCO Word Heritage Sites can be a lovely and...

Much of this ancient peninsula is rich in UNESCO heritage sites and well known for its red wine production. However Italian whites, particularly from the South, rarely get enough respect. Despite the fact that they absolutely deserve it and are among some of the best wines being produced in Italy today. Many are made from hard-to-pronounce grapes:...

Italy's northeastern Conegliano and Valdobbiadene hills, home to the world-famous sparkling wine prosecco, have been added to the UNESCO World Heritage list. The UNESCO World Heritage Committee, meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan, on Sunday congratulated Italy and its Prosecco region, located in the Veneto region. Prosecco has become the most popular Ital...

The UN World Heritage Committee will hold their decisive meeting on July 7th in Baku, Azerbaijan, but the International Council of Monuments and Sites, the Unesco advisory body, seems to be in favor of the application of the Prosecco Hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene to become a UNESCO Heritage Cultural Landscape. Therefore, it would seem that...

Legend has it that the grotto hidden among the craggy cliffs on San Marco hill in Sutera in the heart of Sicily holds a treasure chest full of gold coins. In order to find it, three men must dream simultaneously about the precise place to dig. Treasure or no treasure, the grotto itself is an archaeological gem, its walls adorned with a multi-colour...

Despite being one of the most famous and appreciated seaside resorts in Italy, Cinque Terre (the Five Lands) are one of the perfect Italian tourist locations for short trips or a long weekend and are ideal in any season of the year. Not surprisingly the Cinque Terre are part of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. They make up a panorama of incomparabl...

A mosaic made of thousands of hand-cut Murano glass tiles fills the walls of an alcove in Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church's sanctuary. The new artwork — centered with an image of Christ with St. Gregory the Theologian, St. John Chrysostom, St. James the First Bishop of Jerusalem and St. Basil the Great — was installed in April in time for the Gr...

The Unesco-inscribed town of Sabbioneta between Mantua and Parma is considered a true model of an ‘ideal city.’ Over the course of a few decades, what had been a small fortified village was entirely rebuilt by nobleman and condottiero Vespasiano Gonzaga, according to the Renaissance principles of proportion and the ideal of harmony as symbolized in...

If you want to enjoy Italy away from the crowds, you can often do so by heading to one of the country’s many evocative villages. But if you prefer a more urban setting without having to deal with the tourist throngs in Rome, Florence and Venice, try a lesser-known city destination like the five described below (four have UNESCO World Heritage desig...

With the longer days and warmer hours, Spring has finally sprung in Matera and the historic southern Italian city is making the most of its role as European Capital of Culture 2019. Two key projects are at the heart of this year's event. The first, called I-Dea, uses archives and collections from the Basilicata region. Joseph Grima is Matera 2019's...