Piazza del Duomo, Pisa

Piazza del Duomo, Pisa - UNESCO World Heritage Site

From the World Heritage inscription for the Piazza del Duomo, Pisa: Standing in a large green expanse, Piazza del Duomo houses a group of monuments known the world over. These four masterpieces of medieval architecture – the cathedral, the baptistry, the campanile (the ‘Leaning Tower’) and the cemetery – had a great influence on monumental …

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Historic Center of Siena

Historic Center of Siena - UNESCO World Heritage Site

From the World Heritage inscription for the Historic Center of Siena: Siena is the embodiment of a medieval city. Its inhabitants pursued their rivalry with Florence right into the area of urban planning. Throughout the centuries, they preserved their city’s Gothic appearance, acquired between the 12th and 15th centuries. During this period the work of …

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Venice and its Lagoon

Venice and its Lagoon - UNESCO World Heritage Site

From the World Heritage inscription for Venice and its Lagoon: The UNESCO World Heritage property comprises the city of Venice and its lagoon situated in the Veneto Region of Northeast Italy. Founded in the 5th century AD and spread over 118 small islands, Venice became a major maritime power in the 10th century. The whole …

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Botanical Garden (Orto Botanico), Padua

Botanical Garden (Orto Botanico), Padua - UNESCO World Heritage Site

From the World Heritage inscription for the Botanical Garden (Orto Botanico), Padua: The world’s first university botanical garden was created in Padua in 1545, which makes the Botanical Garden of Padua the oldest surviving example of this type of cultural property. Botanical gardens have played a vital role throughout history in the communication and exchange …

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Residences of the Royal House of Savoy

Residences of the Royal House of Savoy - UNESCO World Heritage Site

From the World Heritage inscription for the Residences of the Royal House of Savoy: When Emmanuel-Philibert, Duke of Savoy, moved his capital to Turin in 1562, he began a vast series of building projects (continued by his successors) to demonstrate the power of the ruling house. This outstanding complex of buildings, designed and embellished by …

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Historic Centre of Florence

Historic Centre of Florence - UNESCO World Heritage Site

From the World Heritage inscription for the Historic Centre of Florence: Built on the site of an Etruscan settlement, Florence, the symbol of the Renaissance, rose to economic and cultural pre-eminence under the Medici in the 15th and 16th centuries. Its 600 years of extraordinary artistic activity can be seen above all in the 13th-century …

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Historic Center of Naples

Historic Center of Naples UNESCO World Heritage Site, Italy

From the Historic Center of Naples World Heritage inscription: From the Neapolis founded by Greek settlers in 470 B.C. to the city of today, Naples has retained the imprint of the successive cultures that emerged in Europe and the Mediterranean basin. This makes it a unique site, with a wealth of outstanding monuments such as …

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