Italy holds the top spot amongst the countries of the world: it is the country with the largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It has reached 54; China follows with 53, but is considerably bigger.
The World Heritage List, which is set to grow year by year, is a good base from which to organise your next trip overseas, particularly in Italy, a land of wonderful sights. And what better to start 2019 than with a trip away?
The tour starts from Renaissance Mantua, immersing yourself in the fascination of the Ducal Palace and admiring the Cathedral, the Teatro Bibiena, Palazzo Te and Mantegna’s House. With the Sabbioneta Card you can visit all the museums and monuments of Mantua for just 20 euros.
From the city that was home to the Gonzaga family it is easy to travel to the Veneto, where you can enjoy being just a step from the sky amongst the summits that surround Cortina d’Ampezzo (Bolzano), which Le Corbusier called the most beautiful architecture in the world. As well as for the well-known winter sports complex Dolomiti Superski, Cortina attracts a lot of tourists for the feast day of the patron saint, San Biagio, 3 February
The Dolomites stand out amongst the UNESCO World Heritage Sites; Le Corbusier called them the most beautiful piece of architecture in the world
February is also the perfect month to visit Venice and its canals, for a romantic get-away over Valentine’s Day, or a masked trip to the Carnival which runs until 5 March. And with the Venezia Unica pass you can get personalised access to public transport and to the culture that the city has to offer.
Also, ahead of the Day of Memory at the end of January, a visit should be made to the Jewish Museum and Ghetto with its five synagogues, amongst the most beautiful in Europe.
As we head down to central Italy, we can admire Spoleto (Perugia). On 14 January, this Umbrian town comes to life to pay homage to its patron, Saint Pontianus, while in March there is the famous International Dance Week and, in April, the International Piano Festival.
It is worth visiting the Basilica of San Salvatore, which has Greco-Roman, Byzantine and Lombardic influences. Indeed Spoleto and Benevento enjoy UNESCO protection precisely because of the Lombard remains
Benevento is the final destination of this short trip amongst the World Heritage Sites. It is the most important Lombard Duchy in Central-Northern Italy thanks to the Church and Compound of Santa Sofia, whose perspective and geometries recall the tents used by the Germanic population when they were on the move.
The Roman Theatre should also not be missed. It was built in the 2nd century AD, under Emperor Hadrian.
A new year of travels has begun, with treasures of landscape and culture which Italy provides throughout its length and breadth
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