ITALY’S UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES
The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) “encourages the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage sites around the World considered to be of outstanding value to humanity.”
The World Heritage List was initially established by the International Treaty of 1972: “The Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage.” The Treaty generated international cooperation and participation. The goal was to safeguard the sites with resources from UNESCO and local governments through rigorous management and reporting procedures.
UNESCO’S Selection Criteria (www.unesco.org)
Since 1992 significant interactions between people and the natural environment have been recognized as cultural landscapes.
Italy is loaded with these cultural global gems. Europe and North America have 49% of the 890 sites. In 2009, Italy had 44 inscribed properties, more than any other country in the world!