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Italy Attractions That Should Be UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Boasting historic ruins and captivating natural gems, Italy is an absolute treasure trove for travel. Despite sharing the record for the most number of UNESCO World Heritage sites at 55, the country still has more sights to claim as culturally and historically significant. From the road where Saint Peter saw Jesus to the cobalt-colored waters of the Blue Grotto, check out these lesser-known destinations to escape the crowds and get a brand new perspective on Italy’s rich heritage.
1. Rome Catacombs - While the UNESCO-listed Cerveteri Necropolis provide a glimpse of the Etruscan civilization, the Catacombs of Rome show the lives of the early generations of Christians. Delve into the dark side of the Eternal City with a trip to the underground burial grounds and Capuchin Crypt.
2. The Appian Way - Via Appia has been considered as a UNESCO site nominee since 2006 for its well-preserved state and rich history. Follow the footsteps of Julius Caesar and see where Jesus appeared before St. Peter as you cross the Via Appia Antica.
3. Lake Maggiore - Exhibiting varied architectural styles from Renaissance to Baroque, Lake Maggiore's stunning landscape is a timeless masterpiece. With aquamarine waters and vibrant gardens set against the backdrop of mountains, it's no wonder that the site has been shortlisted as a heritage site since 2006.
4. Lucca - Get a taste of Tuscany when you visit the charming city of Lucca and revel in its laidback lifestyle and delectable delicacies. Italy has taken the first step in preserving the city's medieval structures by putting it on the tentative UNESCO list.
5. Portofino - Like Amalfi Coast and Cinque Terre, Portofino offers colorful houses beside the clear, blue waters of the sea. Unlike its counterparts, it hasn't been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, yet. But, its lesser-known status means there are fewer people and more space to frolic by the seaside.
6. Capri Island - With rock formations dramatically towering over the island, Capri offers a visual experience like no other. Make the most out of your stay and pay a visit to the Blue Grotto, where the water magically glows under the shadow of a cave.
7. Palmanova - A star was born in 1593 when the construction of the fortress town of Palmanova was ordered. The site's signature 9-point design was built for military reasons, but now, it's best known for its geometric pattern which resembles a star or a flower that's seen from above.
8. Montecatini Terme - Expected to be among Italy's UNESCO Heritage nominees for 2020, Montecatini Terme is among the Great Spas of Europe. When in town, do as the Tuscans do and unwind at the spa as you revel in its thermal waters.
9. Mont Blanc - Mont Blanc boasts perennial snow and endless slopes which makes it the skier's mecca. Because of its postcard-worthy snow-capped peaks and all-around captivating vista, campaigns as early as 2000 have started to grant the site UNESCO World Heritage status.
10. Sorrento - Treated as a stopover on the way to the UNESCO-listed Amalfi Coast, Sorrento is an idyllic summer destination in its own right. With sweeping views of the Bay of Naples and colorful heritage, this tiny town packs a big punch.