UNESCO World Heritage Sites In Italy: A Complete Guide

Roman Colosseum

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Italy has more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than anywhere else in the world (currently 59 in total). They cover archaeological sites, places of historic or architectural importance, and natural spaces, but how many of them have you visited? I have put together a complete list of World Heritage Sites in Italy: some of the entries may surprise you!

World Heritage Sites In Italy: How This List Is Organised

I have arranged the list by region (note that the Vatican City is included with Lazio), followed by those sites that cover more than one region. Note that regions without any individual entries may be included in multi-region sites. Where appropriate I have also added links to articles on this site giving more information about World Heritage Sites in a particular region.

I have not included entries on the Tentative List. Nor have I added UNESCO Creative Cities or Intangible Heritage. However you will find more information about all of these in the posts on individual regions.



  • Amalfi Coast
  • Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park
  • Historic Centre of Naples
  • Pompei, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata
  • Royal Palace at Caserta

See this post for more information: UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Campania.


  • Early Christian Monuments of Ravenna
  • Ferrara, City of the Renaissance
  • Modena (Cathedral, Torre Civica and Piazza Grande)
  • Porticos of Bologna
  • Evaporitic Karst and Caves of Northern Apennines

See this post for more information: UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Emilia-Romagna and San Marino (although San Marino is not technically part of Italy I have added it as a bonus…)

Friuli-Venezia Giulia

Lazio (And The Vatican City)

  • Etruscan Necropolises of Cerveteri and Tarquinia
  • Historic Centre of Rome and the Properties of the Holy See
  • Villa Adriana, Tivoli
  • Villa d’Este, Tivoli
The Roman Forum, with arches and pillars and a domed building in the background
The Roman Forum, part of the historic centre of Rome

See this post for more information: UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Lazio and the Vatican.


  • Genoa: Le Strade Nuove and the system of the Palazzi dei Rolli
  • Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands

See this post for more information: UNESCO World Heritage Sites In Liguria.


  • Crespi d’Adda
  • Mantua and Sabbioneta
  • Monte San Giorgio
  • Rhaetian Railway
  • Rock Drawings in Valcamonica
  • Santa Maria delle Grazie and The Last Supper, Milan

See this post for more information: UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Lombardy.

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  • Castel del Monte
  • The Trulli of Alberobello

See this post for more information: UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Puglia.


  • Su Nuraxi di Barumini. The nuraghi are defensive structures that developed during the 2nd millennium BCE. They are unique to Sardinia.


  • Aeolian Islands
  • Arab-Norman Palermo
  • Archaeological Area of Agrigento
  • Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto
  • Mount Etna
  • Syracuse and the Rocky Necropolis of Pantalica
  • Villa Romana del Casale
Mount Etna, one of the World Heritage Sites of Italy
The other-worldly landscape of Mount Etna

See this post for more information: UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Sicily.


  • Historic Centre of Florence
  • Historic Centre of San Gimignano
  • Historic Centre of Siena
  • Historic Centre of the City of Pienza
  • Medici Villas and Gardens in Tuscany
  • Piazza del Duomo, Pisa
  • Spa Town Of Montecatini Terme
  • Val d’Orcia

See this post for more information: UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Tuscany.



  • Botanical Garden, Padua
  • City of Verona
  • City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas
  • Le Colline del Prosecco
  • Padua’s 14th century fresco cycles
  • Venice and its Lagoon
Canal in Venice with bridges and tall buildings on either side. There are two boats in the water
The historic centre of Venice

See this post for more information: UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Veneto.

Multi-Region Sites

  • Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe. This World Heritage Site covers 94 forests across Europe, including 7 Italian regions (Abruzzo, Calabria, Basilicata, Puglia, Lazio, Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany). It recognises the variety and versatility of the beech tree.
  • Dolomites. Located in the Trentino and Veneto regions, the Dolomites are listed by UNESCO for their beauty as well as their geological and geomorphological significance.
  • Longobards in Italy: Places of the Power. This is seven groups of buildings, including churches, monasteries and fortresses, representing the Longobard period of the 6th to 8th centuries. Chosen for their architectural and religious significance they can be found in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Lombardy, Umbria, Campania and Puglia.
  • Prehistoric Pile Dwellings around the Alps. Another multi-country site, in Italy ancient pile dwellings can be found in Trentino, Veneto, Friuli Venezia, Lombardy and Piedmont. These are the remains of stilt houses from the Neolithic and Bronze Ages.
  • Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy. The “sacred mountains” of Piedmont and Lombardy are a series of nine groups of chapels and other architectural features from the 16th and 17th centuries. They are recognised not just for their Christian significance but also for their artworks and their integration into the surrounding landscape.
  • Venetian Works of Defence between the 16th and 17th Centuries. Dating back to the period of the Venetian empire, these defensive structures can be found in Italy, Croatia and Montenegro. Within Italy they are located in Lombardy, Veneto and Friuli-Venezia.

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