•Islands of Palmaria, Tino and
•Rock Drawings in Valcamonica.
Portovenere is a little town
located on the Liguria coast of
Italy in the district of La Spezia.
For its extension is the smallest
town in La Spezia.
Since 1997 Portovenere is an
In this little town the main sights
• The gothic church of St. Peter
consecrated in 1198;
• The romanesque church of St.
Lawrence, erected in 1098 by the
•The Doria Caste.
CINQUE TERRE :
The “Cinque Terre” is located in Liguria
to the West of the city of La spezia. It
is composed by five villages:
• Monterosso al Mare
Palmaria island is located in the
westernmost end of the Gulf of La
Spezia; Palmaria is the biggest of
the three islands. It is located in
Tino island is located between
Palmaria and Tinetto islands;
Because of its shape, it is
considered the“half island”of the
Gulf of La Spezia.
Tinetto island is the smallest of
the three islands. It is located in
the South of the Gulf of La
SACRI MONTI OF LOMBARDY:
The “Sacri Monti” of Piedmont and
Lombardy are nine groups of
Chapels located in the North of Italy.
The“Sacri Monti”are dedicated to
various aspects of the Christian
The “Sacri Monti” in Lombardy are:
• The “Sacro Monte” of the Rosary
• The “Sacro Monte” of the blessed
Virgin of Succour in Como.
ROCK DRAWINGS IN VALCAMONICA
The stone carvings of Valcamonica are
one of the largest collections of
prehistoric petroglyphs in the world.
Many of the incisions were made over a
time period of eight thousand years;
while the most recent petroglyphs are
attributed to the people of Camunni.
Most of these figures have a logical
relationship between them, for example,
they can all rapresent a hunting or a
religious rite scene.
Some parks of rocks art are:
• The National Park of Rock Drawings
• The Archaeological Park of Massi di
Venice is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
The heart of the city is Piazza San Marco, other symbols of the
city are Ponte Dei Sospiri, Palazzo Ducale and Ponte Di Rialto.
Arena Di Verona
The Arena of Verona is a Roman Amphitheater located in
the historic center of Verona . During the summer it is
used for the famous Lyric Festival.
The house with Juliet's balcony is located in Verona, it has
been renovated from 1937 to 1940 by Antonio Avena, he
was inspired by the American film “Romeo and Juliet”.
Aquileia (in Friuli-Venezia
Giulia), one of the largest and
wealthiest cities of the Early
Roman Empire, was destroyed by
Attila in the mid-5th century.
Most of it still lies
beneath the fields,
and as such it
reserve of its kind.
The Patriarchal Basilica of
Aquileia is one of the most
important buildings of
Christianity. It is a flat-
roofed basilica erected by
Patriarch Poppo in 1031 on
the site of an earlier church,
and rebuilt about 1379 in
the Gothic style by Patriarch
Marquad. It played a
decisive role in the spread
of Christianity into central
Europe in the early Middle
Early Christian Monuments of
Ravenna was the seat of the
Roman Empire in the 5th
century and then of
Byzantine Italy until the 8th
century. It has a unique
collection of early Christian
mosaics and monuments
There are eight buildings (the Mausoleum
of Galla Placidia, the Neonian Baptistery,
the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo
the Church of San Vitale which show great artistic skill,
including a wonderful blend of Greco-Roman tradition.
Ferrara, which grew up around a ford over
the River Po, became an intellectual and
artistic centre that attracted the greatest
minds of the Italian Renaissance in the
15th and 16th centuries. Here, Piero della
Francesca, Jacopo Bellini and Andrea
Mantegna decorated the palaces of the
House of Este.
The imposing castle in the city
centre was started in 1385 for Nicolò
II d’Este to defend the family.
Under Ercole I it became the
dynasty’s permanent residence.
Although sections are now used as
government offices, many of the
rooms, including the royal suites, are
open to visitors.
It is a natural reserve situated in
the Delta area of the Po river.
The area is a large wetland
formed by marshes, channels,
lagoons, rivers and sea. It is an
excellent area for birdwatching :
Tuscany is an Italian region situed in
the centre of Italy …
There are three UNESCO sites:
The historic centre of Florence, known as distric number one,
was ufficially recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in
Siena is a classic medieval hilly town, famous for its large fan-
shaped piazza. Piazza del Campo is the heart of the town that,
twice a year, hosts the famous summer horse-race, known as “Il
Palio”. Siena is one of prettiest medieval Italian towns. Its fame
reched its peak in the period between 1260 and 1348 when it was
one of wealthiest European cities as the buildings and art works of
that time still testifies that.
Standing in a large green area, Piazza del Duomo houses a group
of monuments known all over the world. These four masterpieces of
medieval architecture – the cathedral, the baptistry, the
campanile (the 'Leaning Tower') and the cemetery – had a great
influence on monumental art in Italy from the 11th to the 14th
The Basilica of San Francesco d'Assisi is the mother church of the Franciscan Friars
in Assisi, Italy, the city where St. Francis was born and died. The basilica is one of
the most important places of Christian pilgrimage in Italy and it has been a
UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000.
Basilica of San Francesco d'Assisi
The basilica, which was begun in 1228, is built into the side
of a hill and comprises two churches known as the Upper
Church and the Lower Church. The interior of the Upper
Church is an important early example of the Gothic style in
The Upper and Lower Churches are decorated
with frescoes by numerous late medieval painters
from the Roman and Tuscan schools, and include
works by Cimabue, Giotto
and Simone Martini.
A detail of a fresco by Giotto in the
Basilica of St Francis in Assisi.
These are Giotto’s frescoes “Il Compianto del Cristo Morto” on the left and
“Sposalizio di San Francesco” on the right.
“La morte di San Francesco”
“Il miracolo della fonte”
The small hill town of URBINO, in
the Marche, experienced a great
cultural flowering in the 15th
century, attracting artists and
scholars from all over Italy and
beyond, and influencing cultural
developments elsewhere in Europe.
Owing to its economic and cultural
stagnation from the 16th century
onwards, it has preserved its
Renaissance appearance to a
In Lazio there are three very important
UNESCO world heritage places:
The etruscan necropolises of Cerveteri and
The historic centre of Rome
Visitors to these cities can
see necropolises dating back
to the Etruscan times and
learn about fascinating
burial practices used before
the birth of Christ.
Tombs located here are
either monumental or cut
into rocks and topped by
Many of Cerveteri and
Tarquinia tombs feature
carvings and paintings of
Founded, according to legend,
by Romulus and Remus in 753
BC, Rome was first the centre
of the Roman Republic, then
of the Roman Empire, and it
became the capital of the
Christian world in the 4th
The World Heritage site
includes some of the major
monuments of antiquity such
as the Forums, the
Mausoleum of Augustus, the
Mausoleum of Hadrian, the
Pantheon, Trajan’s Column
and the Column of Marcus
Aurelius, as well as the
religious and public buildings.
at Tibur (Tivoli)
for the Emperor
Sardinia’s sea is the
most beautiful one in
Europe. . .
The complex consists of circular
defensive towers in the form of
truncated cones built of dressed
stone, with corbel-vaulted internal
chambers. The complex at
Barumini, which was extended and
reinforced in the first half of the
1st millennium under Carthaginian
pressure, is the finest and most
complete example of this
remarkable form of prehistoric
During the late 2nd millennium B.C. in the
Bronze Age, a special type of defensive
structure known as nuraghi (for which no
parallel exists anywhere else in the
world) developed on the island of
Su Nuraxi di Barumini
It is a former royal residence in Caserta, built
by the architecht Luigi Vanvitelli under
commission of Charles VII of Naples. Its
construction began in 1752 and it had been
on of the largest buildings in Europe in the
In 1997 the Palace was designated a UNESCO
World Heritage Site.
The Palace is in the Baroque style and has for
model the Palace of Versailles. The Palace is
divided into 4 interior courtyards and it’s
surrounded by a wide park divided into 2 sectors:
the Italian Garden and the English Garden. The
complex has got 1200 rooms and 1790 windows
and covers an area of 44.000 m². The Honour
Grand Staircase introduces the public to the Royal
apartments which were created in the 1700s and
The Fountain of Ceres
The Fountain of Diana and Actaeon and the cascades
All the water of the cascades comes from the
Vanvitelli’s Acqueduct (or Caroline
Acqueduct) which was built to supply all
the fountains of the Palace of Caserta and
the San Leucio Complex. It was
commissioned by Charles of Bourbon and
designed by Vanvitelli. It takes the waters
from Mount Taburno.
The Amalfi Coast
It’s a stretch of coastline of the Sorrentine
Peninsula in the Province of Salerno. In 1997,
the Amalfi Coast was listed as
a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as a cultural
landscape. It is a popular destination for
tourists who want to go to the seaside and
enjoy the athmosphere of the coast.
The Archaeological Areas of Pompeii,
Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata
The cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Torre
Annunziata are Roman towns which were
partially distroyed and buried under 4 to 6
metres of ash and pumice in the eruption of
Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79. They were
rediscovered in 1749. Nowadays they are
Unesco World Heritage sites and their open
excavations attract lots of tourists from all
over the world.
The Sassi and the
Rupestrian Churches of
The Sassi of
Matera and their
park represent an
example of a
land use showing
the evolution of a
culture that has
time a harmonious
In its formal perfection and
its harmonious blending of
cultural elements from
northern Europe, the
Muslim world, and classical
antiquity, Castel del Monte
is a unique masterpiece of
architecture, reflecting the
humanism of its founder,
Frederick II of
The trulli are in the
southern region of
Puglia. They are
made of roughly
or conical roofs built
up of limestone
Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea;
along with surrounding minor islands, it is
an autonomous region of Italy.
Sicily is located in the central Mediterranean Sea. It
extends from the tip of the Apennine peninsula from
which it is separated only by narrow Strait of
Messina, towards the North African coast. The island
has a typical Mediterranean climate.
The Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, Sicily, consists of seven magnificent ancient Greek
temples from the 6th and 5th centuries BC. Located just south of the modern city of Agrigento,
the temples are nestled among olive trees on a ridge near the sea. An eighth Classical temple
can be seen embedded in a medieval church in town.
The Valley of
Syracuse and the rocky
necropolis of Pantalica
The Necropolis of Pantalica is a
large necropolis in Sicily with over
5000 tombs dating from the 13th to
the 7th centuries BC. Pantalica is
situated in the valleys of the
rivers Anapo and Calcinara,
between the towns
of Ferla and Sortino in south-
Villa Romana del Casale is a Roman villa built in the first quarter of the 4th century and located about
5 km outside the town of Piazza Armerina, Sicily, southern Italy. It houses the richest, largest and
most complex collection of Roman mosaics in the world.
Villa Romana del