4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Italy You’re Missing

4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Italy You’re MissingItaly crawls in UNESCO World Heritage Sites, from the shores of Sicily to the top of the Dolomites. In fact, the country boasts around 50 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, more than any country on the World Heritage List. Some of these famous sites are just that. Pompeii, Florence and even Venice and its lagoon have graced the UNESCO list and have the visitors to prove it. However, there are plenty of other UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Italy that are less visited. If you want to have a few of these wonders to yourself or even just to share with a handful of people, be sure to head to these four sites with UNESCO’s stamp of approval that aren’t as famous as the rest.

Castel del Monte: Located in the Puglia region of Italy near the city of Bari, you will find one of Italy’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites quietly enjoying its perch. While not heavily visited, Castel del Monte is worth seeing to marvel at its rare octagonal shape. It is also a unique example of military architecture. The castle boasts a layout with mathematical and astronomical precision. Castel del Monte lords over a rocky perch while it glistens in white against the countryside setting.

Villa Adriana: Located about an hour from Rome in Tivoli, Villa Adriana is a massive complex of classical buildings built around the second century A.D. Emperor Hadrian had the expansive site built to act as his holiday home. Hadrian borrowed from the styles of his travels, adding touches from Egypt, Greece and Rome to his villa complex. The space covers more than 120 ha and serves as a testament to just how lavish and advanced the Romans were.

Rock Drawings in Valcamonica: Located in the Lombardy plain, you will find another UNESCO World Heritage Site not always visited by the masses. The Rock Drawings in Valcamonica are one of the world’s greatest collections of prehistoric petroglyphs. Across an entire valley there are more than 140,000 symbols and figures, carved out over 8,000 years ago. Some of the themes you can see include agriculture, navigation, war and magic.

Su Naraxi di Barumini: Located on the island of Sardinia, you can encounter an unusual looking UNESCO World Heritage Site. Su Naraxi di Barumini are a complex of circular defensive towers. The special type of defensive structure hails from the late second millennium B.C. in the Bronze Age. Known as nuraghi, these structures are not found anywhere else in the world and remain the most complete example of this form of prehistoric architecture.

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