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Italy Is The Most Beautiful Country in the World!

The beauty of Italy

Perhaps you have asked yourself this question. We know the answer: a resounding, heartfelt “yes!” Of course, we are not the only ones who believe that Italy is the most beautiful country in the world.

Year after year, Italy is judged one of the top places in the world to visit, according to the World Tourism Organization. It consistently ranks in the top five countries that Americans visit in the U.S. Commerce Department’s outbound tourism statistics. And, with 47 altogether, Italy leads the world — yes, the entire world! in UNESCO Heritage Sites, places of significant cultural or natural importance. Just this week, UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) named the Longobards, seven clusters of buildings, including fortresses, churches and monastries throughout Italy, built by the Lombards in 6th to 8th centuries.

According to UNESCO — and this gets a bit scholarly, but please persevere — these buildings “testify to the high achievement of the Lombards, who migrated from northern Europe and developed their own specific culture in Italy where they ruled over vast territories in the 6th to 8th centuries. The Lombards synthesis of architectural styles marked the transition from Antiquity to the European Middle Ages, drawing on the heritage of Ancient Rome, Christian spirituality, Byzantine influence and Germanic northern Europe.”

Here’s the entire list, in alphabetical order with the year UNESCO named the site to its esteemed list. As you’ll see, it includes well known sites like the historic centers of Rome, Naples and Florence as well as Venice and its lagoon. Of course, there are lots of lesser-known sites as well. Some of these would be perfect to add to your customized tour itinerary for your next Italian vacation.


18th-Century Royal Palace at Caserta with the Park, the Aqueduct of Vanvitelli, and the San Leucio Complex (1997)
Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy (2003)
Archaeological Area and the Patriarchal Basilica of Aquileia (1998)
Archaeological Area of Agrigento (1997)
Archaeological Areas of Pompei, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata (1997)
Assisi, the Basilica of San Francesco and Other Franciscan Sites (2000)
Botanical Garden (Orto Botanico), Padua (1997)
Castel del Monte (1996)
Cathedral, Torre Civica and Piazza Grande, Modena (1997)
Church and Dominican Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie with (1980)
Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park with the Archeological sites of Paestum and Velia, and the Certosa di Padula (1998)
City of Verona (2000)
City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto (1994)
Costiera Amalfitana (1997)
Crespi d’Adda (1995)
Early Christian Monuments of Ravenna (1996)
Etruscan Necropolises of Cerveteri and Tarquinia (2004)
Ferrara, City of the Renaissance, and its Po Delta (1995)
Genoa: Le Strade Nuove and the system of the Palazzi dei Rolli (2006)
Historic Centre of Florence (1982)
Historic Centre of Naples (1995)
Historic Centre of Rome, the Properties of the Holy See in that City Enjoying Extraterritorial Rights and San Paolo Fuori le Mura (1980)
Historic Centre of San Gimignano (1990)
Historic Centre of Siena (1995)
Historic Centre of the City of Pienza (1996)
Historic Centre of Urbino (1998)
Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto (South-Eastern Sicily) (2002)
Longobards in Italy. Places of the power (568-774 A.D.) (2011)
Mantua and Sabbioneta (2008)
Piazza del Duomo, Pisa (1987)
Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands (Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto) (1997)
Prehistoric Pile dwellings around the Alps (2011)
Residences of the Royal House of Savoy (1997)
Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes (2008)
Rock Drawings in Valcamonica (1979)
Su Nuraxi di Barumini (1997)
Syracuse and the Rocky Necropolis of Pantalica (2005)
The Trulli of Alberobello (1996)
The Sassi and the Park of the Rupestrian Churches of Matera (1993)
Val d’Orcia (2004)
Venice and its Lagoon (1987)
Villa Adriana (Tivoli) (1999)
Villa d’Este, Tivoli (2001)
Villa Roman a del Casale (1997)


Isole Eolie (Aeolian Islands) (2000)
Monte San Giorgio (2003)
The Dolomites (2009)

What do you think? Is Italy the most beautiful place in the world?

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By Priscila Siano (266 Posts)

Priscila Siano is the Marketing Director of Tour Italy Now, an online tour operator specializing in Italy travel. She's a respected expert on making dream Italy vacations a reality for clients.

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