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Church and Dominican Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie with "The Last Supper" by Leonardo da Vinci
Province of Milano, Lombardy

Santa Maria delle Grazie
The refectory of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie forms an integral part of this architectural complex, begun in Milan in 1463 and reworked at the end of the 15th century by Bramante. On the north wall is The Last Supper, the unrivalled masterpiece painted between 1495 and 1497 by Leonardo da Vinci, whose work was to herald a new era in the history of art.

Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park with the Archeological sites of Paestum and Velia, and the Certosa di Padula
Province of Salerno, Campania

Archeological sites Paestum and Velia

The Cilento is an outstanding cultural landscape. The dramatic groups of sanctuaries and settlements along its three east–west mountain ridges vividly portray the area's historical evolution: it was a major route not only for trade, but also for cultural and political interaction during the prehistoric and medieval periods. The Cilento was also the boundary between the Greek colonies of Magna Graecia and the indigenous Etruscan and Lucanian peoples. The remains of two major cities from classical times, Paestum and Velia, are found there.

City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto
Provinces of Padua, Rovigo, Treviso, Venice, Verona and Vicenza, Veneto Region

Vicenza

Founded in the 2nd century B.C. in northern Italy, Vicenza prospered under Venetian rule from the early 15th to the end of the 18th century. The work of Andrea Palladio (1508–80), based on a detailed study of classical Roman architecture, gives the city its unique appearance. Palladio's urban buildings, as well as his villas, scattered throughout the Veneto region, had a decisive influence on the development of architecture. His work inspired a distinct architectural style known as Palladian, which spread to England and other European countries, and also to North America.

Costiera Amalfitana
Province of Salerno, Campania

Costiera Amalfitana

The Amalfi coast is an area of great physical beauty and natural diversity. It has been intensively settled by human communities since the early Middle Ages. There are a number of towns such as Amalfi and Ravello with architectural and artistic works of great significance. The rural areas show the versatility of the inhabitants in adapting their use of the land to the diverse nature of the terrain, which ranges from terraced vineyards and orchards on the lower slopes to wide upland pastures.

Early Christian Monuments of Ravenna
City and Province of Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna Region

Ravenna

Ravenna was the seat of the Roman Empire in the 5th century and then of Byzantine Italy until the 8th century. It has a unique collection of early Christian mosaics and monuments. All eight buildings – the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, the Neonian Baptistery, the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, the Arian Baptistery, the Archiepiscopal Chapel, the Mausoleum of Theodoric, the Church of San Vitale and the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare in Classe – were constructed in the 5th and 6th centuries. They show great artistic skill, including a wonderful blend of Graeco-Roman tradition, Christian iconography and oriental and Western styles.

Etruscan Necropolises of Cerveteri and Tarquinia
Provinces of Rome and Viterbo, Region of Latium

Etruscan Necropolises of Cerveteri and Tarquinia

These two large Etruscan cemeteries reflect different types of burial practices from the 9th to the 1st century BC, and bear witness to the achievements of Etruscan culture. Wich over nine centuries developed the earliest urban civilization in the nothern Mediterranean. Some of the tombs are monumental, cut in rock and topped by impressive tumuli (burial mounds). Many feature carvings on their walls, others have wall paintings of outstanding quality. The necropolis near Cerveteri, known as Banditaccia, contains thousands of tombs organized in a city-like plan, with streets, small squares and neighbourhoods. The site contains very different types of tombs: trenches cut in rock; tumuli; and some, also carved in rock, in the shape of huts or houses with a wealth of structural details. These provide the only surviving evidence of Etruscan residential architecture. The necropolis of Tarquinia, also known as Monterozzi, contains 6,000 graves cut in the rock. It is famous for its 200 painted tombs, the earliest of which date from the 7th century BC.

Ferrara, City of the Renaissance, and its Po Delta
City and Province of Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna Region

Ferrara

Ferrara, which grew up around a ford over the River Po, became an intellectual and artistic centre that attracted the greatest minds of the Italian Renaissance in the 15th and 16th centuries. Here, Piero della Francesca, Jacopo Bellini and Andrea Mantegna decorated the palaces of the House of Este. The humanist concept of the 'ideal city' came to life here in the neighbourhoods built from 1492 onwards by Biagio Rossetti according to the new principles of perspective. The completion of this project marked the birth of modern town planning and influenced its subsequent development.

Genoa: Le Strade Nuove and the system of the Palazzi dei Rolli
Liguria Region, Genoa Province

Genoa

The Strade Nuove and the system of the Palazzi dei Rolli, in Genoa’s historic centre (late 16th and early 17th centuries) represent the first example in Europe of an urban development project with a unitary framework, where the plans were specially parcelled out by a public authority and a particular system of ‘public lodging’, based on legislation. The Rolli palaces were residences built by the wealthiest and most powerful aristocratic families of the Republic of Genoa at the height of its financial and seafaring power. The site includes an ensemble of Renaissance and Baroque palaces along the so-called ‘new streets’ (Strade Nuove). The grand residence palaces erected on the Strada Nuova (now Via Garibaldi) in the late 16th century, formed the quarter of the nobility, who under the constitution of 1528, had assumed the government of the Republic. Palaces are generally three or four stories high and feature spectacular open staircases, courtyards, and loggias overlooking gardens, positioned at different levels in a relatively tight space. The influence of this urban design model is evidenced by Italian and European literature over the following decades. The palazzi offer an extraordinary variety of different solutions, achieving universal value in adapting to the particular characteristics of the site and to the requirements of a specific social and economic organization. They also offer an original example of a network of public hospitality houses for visits of state, as decreed by the Senate in 1576. The owners of these palazzi were obliged to host state visits, thus contributing to the dissemination of knowledge of an architectural model and a residential culture which attracted famous artists and travellers, and of which a significant example is a collection of drawings by Pieter Paul Rubens.

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Italy



Chioggia

Chiusi

Ciampino

Cinque Terre

Civita Castellana

Civitavecchia

Collepietro

Como

Conflenti

Controguerra

Cortona

Courmayeur

Cropani Marina

Deiva Marina

Desenzano del Garda

Dobbiaco

Dolceacqua

Dolo

Erice

Este

Etna

Falcade

Feltre

Ferentillo

Ferrara

Fiumicino

Florence

Foligno

Forli

Forte dei Marmi

Frascati

Furore

Gaeta

Galatina

Gallipoli

Gatteo Mare

Genoa

Giardini Naxos

Giarre

Gibellina

Greve in Chianti

Grosseto

Grosseto Roccatederighi

Guardavalle

Gubbio

Impruneta

Ischia

Iseo

Isola Rossa

Isole Eolie

Jesi

L' Aquila

La Spezia

Lake Maggiore

Lake of Como

Lake of Garda

Lake of Iseo

Lake Trasimeno

Lamezia Terme

Lanciole

Lanuvio

Lecce

Lecce Vernole

Lerici

Levico Terme

Lido di Jesolo

Lipari

Livorno

Lizzano in Belvedere

Lovere

Lucca

Lunamatrona

Macerata

Magliano Sabina

Maglie

Maida

Maiori

Malpensa

Mantignana

Marina di Massa

Marina di Pietrasanta

Marina Romea

Massa Lubrense

Massarella

Mazara del Vallo

Merano

Merate

Mercato San Severino

Messina

Mestre

Meta di Sorrento

Miane

Miglianico

Milan

Mira

Modena

Modica








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