Until 2016, Italy had more places designated by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites than any other country in the world (with 51 sites) but now China has the most. Browsing through the list of sites is a good way to find places you might want to go when you’re traveling in Italy as they are all worth a visit. Some of the sites are famous places while others are more off the tourist radar.
What is a UNESCO World Heritage Site?
Each year the UNESCO committee meets to review candidates for World Heritage status. Sites are chosen on the basis of artistic or historical merit, cultural importance or natural beauty and must have “outstanding universal value”. This status assists with renovation and upkeep and helps to protect sites from being destroyed or lost.