Italy is renowned for its ancient cities and huge number of archaeological sites that spreads its land. With this it is no surprise that it has one of, if not the, highest densities of UNESCO sites of any European country, maybe even the World. Our route started in the north at Como, where we skirted along the lake and around Milan, dropping south to La Spezia and following the coast to the south.
Piazza del Duomo, Pisa
Historic Centre of San Gimignano
San Gimignano (San jimmy-nar-no) is a lively town located on top of mound, with great views all around. The 14 towers stand prominent from afar, some of which are open to the public, however when up close, the narrow streets limit your view and you don’t notice them until you’re directly underneath one. The two large squares host a number of restaurants, but some side streets also offer take-away meals (predominantly pizza funnily enough). The cathedral is great place to visit with amazing works of art located on all walls within, but please respect the rules in here.
Historic Centre of Siena
Historic Centre of Naples
Archaeological Area of Pompeii
Archaeological Site of Paestum
Paestum is perhaps one of the lesser known UNESCO sites in Italy, for it is a fair distance from any major city being so far south. It is however a worthwhile trip – the ruins are genuine, with minimlastic work having been done on the 3 great Greek-style temples. Amongst the ruins are uncovered mosaics, a half-buried old farmers house, an amphitheatre, sports area and high street. The site appears to have changed plans several times throughout its history and expanded over the duration.
Sassi di Matera