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Main link goes to Google satellite image of area. In most places you can zoom in once, in some places all the way. Use "VR" link for virtual reality tours, "Img" for Google images. Please note, some coordinates have errors. If you find the true coordinates, comment on my blog.

Archaeological Area and the Patriarchal Basilica of Aquileia
[Img] "Aquileia (in Friuli-Venezia Giulia), one of the largest and wealthiest cities of the Early Roman Empire, was destroyed by Attila in the mid-5th century. Most of it still lies..." [More]

Costiera Amalfitana
[Img] "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..." [More]

Ferrara, City of the Renaissance, and its Po Delta
[Img] "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..." [More]

Rock Drawings in Valcamonica
[Img] "Valcamonica, situated in the Lombardy plain, has one of the world's greatest collections of prehistoric petroglyphs - more than 140,000 symbols and figures carved in the..." [More]

Villa d'Este, Tivoli
[Img] "The Villa d'Este in Tivoli, with its palace and garden, is one of the most remarkable and comprehensive illustrations of Renaissance culture at its most refined. Its..." [More]

Isole Eolie (Aeolian Islands)
[Img] "The Aeolian Islands provide an outstanding record of volcanic island-building and destruction, and ongoing volcanic phenomena. Studied since at least the 18th century, the..." [More]

Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park with the Archeological sites of Paestum and Velia, and the Certosa di Padula
[Img] "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..." [More]

Castel del Monte
[Img] "When the Emperor Frederick II built this castle near Bari in the 13th century, he imbued it with symbolic significance, as reflected in the location, the mathematical and..." [More]

I Sassi di Matera
[Img] "This is the most outstanding, intact example of a troglodyte settlement in the Mediterranean region, perfectly adapted to its terrain and ecosystem. The first inhabited zone..." [More]

City of Verona
[Img] "The historic city of Verona was founded in the 1st century B.C. It particularly flourished under the rule of the Scaliger family in the 13th and 14th centuries and as part of..." [More]

Assisi, the Basilica of San Francesco and Other Franciscan Sites
[Img] "Assisi, a medieval city built on a hill, is the birthplace of Saint Francis, closely associated with the work of the Franciscan Order. Its medieval art masterpieces, such as..." [More]

The Trulli of Alberobello
[Img] "The trulli, limestone dwellings found in the southern region of Puglia, are remarkable examples of drywall (mortarless) construction, a prehistoric building technique still..." [More]

Historic Centre of Florence
[Img] "Built on the site of an Etruscan settlement, Florence, the symbol of the Renaissance, rose to economic and cultural pre-eminence under the Medici in the 15th and 16th..." [More]

Historic Centre of San Gimignano
[Img] "'San Gimignano delle belle Torri' is in Tuscany, 56 km south of Florence. It served as an important relay point for pilgrims travelling to or from Rome on the Via..." [More]

Early Christian Monuments of Ravenna
[Img] "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..." [More]

Venice and its Lagoon
VR [Img] "Founded in the 5th century and spread over 118 small islands, Venice became a major maritime power in the 10th century. The whole city is an extraordinary architectural..." [More]

Etruscan Necropolises of Cerveteri and Tarquinia
[Img] "Two large Etruscan cemeteries, which reflect different types of burial practices from the 9th to the 1st century BC, and bear witness to the achievements of Etruscan culture...." [More]

Villa Adriana (Tivoli)
[Img] "The Villa Adriana (at Tivoli, near Rome) is an exceptional complex of classical buildings created in the 2nd century A.D. by the Roman emperor Hadrian. It combines the best..." [More]

Piazza del Duomo, Pisa
[Img] "Standing in a large green expanse, Piazza del Duomo houses a group of monuments known the world over. These four masterpieces of medieval architecture - the cathedral, the..." [More]

Cathedral, Torre Civica and Piazza Grande, Modena
[Img] "The magnificent 12th-century cathedral at Modena, the work of two great artists (Lanfranco and Wiligelmus), is a supreme example of early Romanesque art. With its piazza and..." [More]

Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands (Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto)
[Img] "The Ligurian coast between Cinque Terre and Portovenere is a cultural landscape of great scenic and cultural value. The layout and disposition of the small towns and the..." [More]

Church and Dominican Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie with "The Last Supper" by Leonardo da Vinci
[Img] "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..." [More]

Su Nuraxi di Barumini
[Img] "During the late 2nd millennium B.C. in the Bronze Age, a special type of defensive structure known as nuraghi (for which no parallel exists anywhere else in the world)..." [More]

Historic Rome, the Holy See and San Paolo Fuori le Mura
[Img] "Founded, according to legend, by Romulus and Remus in 753 B.C., Rome was first the centre of the Roman Republic, then of the Roman Empire, and it became the capital of the..." [More]

Archaeological Areas of Pompei, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata
[Img] "When Vesuvius erupted on 24 August A.D. 79, it engulfed the two flourishing Roman towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum, as well as the many wealthy villas in the area. These have..." [More]

Historic Centre of the City of Pienza
[Img] "It was in this Tuscan town that Renaissance town-planning concepts were first put into practice after Pope Pius II decided, in 1459, to transform the look of his birthplace...." [More]

Archaeological Area of Agrigento
[Img] "Founded as a Greek colony in the 6th century B.C., Agrigento became one of the leading cities in the Mediterranean world. Its supremacy and pride are demonstrated by the..." [More]

Val d'Orcia
[Img] "The landscape of Val d'Orcia is part of the agricultural hinterland of Sienna, re-drawn and developed when it was colonized by the city-state in the 14th and 15th..." [More]

Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto (South-eastern Sicily)
[Img] "The eight towns in south-eastern Sicily: Caltagirone, Militello Val di Catania, Catania, Modica, Noto, Palazzolo, Ragusa and Scicli, were all rebuilt after 1693 on or beside..." [More]

Historic Centre of Siena
[Img] "Siena is the embodiment of a medieval city. Its inhabitants pursued their rivalry with Florence right into the area of urban planning. Throughout the centuries, they..." [More]

Botanical Garden (Orto Botanico), Padua
[Img] "The world's first botanical garden was created in Padua in 1545. It still preserves its original layout - a circular central plot, symbolizing the world, surrounded by a..." [More]

Villa Romana del Casale
[Img] "Roman exploitation of the countryside is symbolized by the Villa Romana del Casale (in Sicily), the centre of the large estate upon which the rural economy of the Western..." [More]

City of Vicenza and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto
[Img] "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..." [More]

Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
[Img] "When Emmanuel-Philibert, Duke of Savoy, moved his capital to Turin in 1562, he began a vast series of building projects (continued by his successors) to demonstrate the power..." [More]

Crespi d'Adda
[Img] "Crespi d'Adda in Capriate San Gervasio in Lombardy is an outstanding example of the 19th- and early 20th-century 'company towns' built in Europe and North..." [More]

18th-Century Royal Palace at Caserta, with the Park, the Aqueduct of Vanvitelli, and the San Leucio Complex
[Img] "The monumental complex at Caserta, created by the Bourbon king Charles III in the mid-18th century to rival Versailles and the Royal Palace in Madrid, is exceptional for the..." [More]

Sacri Montiof Piedmont and Lombardy
[Img] "The nine Sacri Monti (Sacred Mountains) of northern Italy are groups of chapels and other architectural features created in the late 16th and 17th centuries and dedicated to..." [More]

Historic Centre of Naples
[Img] "From the Neapolis founded by Greek settlers in 470 B.C. to the city of today, Naples has retained the imprint of the successive cultures that emerged in Europe and the..." [More]

Historic Centre of Urbino
[Img] "The small hill town of Urbino, in the Marche, experienced a great cultural flowering in the 15th century, attracting artists and scholars from all over Italy and beyond, and..." [More]

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