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Friday, October 26, 2012

Walking in Italy: Exploring Southern Italy's UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Alberobello (Photo credit: Allibito)

By []Tony Maniscalco

Anyone walking in Italy is likely to have cause to visit at least one site that has been granted UNESCO World Heritage Status. This status is given to those areas and places that should be preserved for their beauty, their history and their contribution to the world.

Southern Italy has an impressive selection of World Heritage Sites for you to see. They are probably best seen on a guided walk with an experienced tour leader, since this will enable you to learn more of the history of each location. Are you ready? Grab your walking shoes and try these for size.

The Historic Centre of Naples

Naples has a long and fascinating history, and it is this that has led to its World Heritage Status today. It has been listed since 1995 and there are many superb sights to see in the city while on a holiday walking in Italy. Take the Duomo for example, and the National Archaeological Museum of Naples; both are well worth a visit and yet only scratch the surface of what Naples has to offer. As well, don't miss the opportunity to see the Capodimonte Museum and Park either, the latter of which has a lot to offer especially when the weather is in your favour.

Pompeii and Herculaneum

Few people can be unaware of the tragic history of these two locations, given the devastating eruption of Mount Vesuvius that occurred back in AD 79. Both areas were completely buried under the ash and lava and were only rediscovered some 250 years ago. A guided walk through both areas is a sobering experience, and one that will teach you much about what life was like back in those times. The Temple of Apollo and many ordinary houses can be seen now that Pompeii and Herculaneum have been uncovered once again.

Alberobello Trulli

Alberobello is a town that can be found in the region of Puglia. Walking in Italy is particularly pleasant in this area, and this town is famous for its 'trulli'. The singular term for trulli is trullo, and it refers to a dry stone hut. The most recognisable part of the design is the roof, which is fashioned in a conical shape. The trulli zone in Alberobello has been designated as a World Heritage Site and is a truly picturesque sight.

Italy is fairly packed with sights and history and here we have only focused on just some of southern Italy's UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You will find many others here and more still as you venture further north, on a holiday walking in Italy.

Tony Maniscalco is the Marketing Manager for Ramblers Worldwide Holidays. Join us on a holiday []walking in Italy to see the most scenic locations & landscapes at the best value prices. We offer over 200 guided group []walking holidays in over 60 different countries.

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