There are 9 UNESCO sites in Lombardy in total (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), each recognised as World Heritage. An impressive tally considering the total of 47 UNESCO sites in the whole of Italy.
If you plan to take a trip outside Milan, it is definitely worth a 90 minute excursion to Vallecamonica, the first Italian site to be included on UNESCO’s list. The 12,000 year-old rock art is so much part if the cultural heritage that the region of Lombardy has adopted the ”Rose Camuna”, one of the key artefacts of the area, as a symbol.
For lovers of industrial archeology, 35km away, the working village of Crespi d’Adda, in the province of Bergamo, is a site of great interest. Built between the late 800s and early 900s as a residential hub based on a model of a garden city. The place looks as it was, practically untouched and still inhabited.
Although Mantua and Sabbioneta, about 2 hours from Milan, are credited for the international spread of the Renaissance and as such they captivate tourists and visitors with the beauty of their urban landscapes.
There are many cultural tours outside Milan in UNESCO sites:
- Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy, 150 km from the capital city, where you can admire architectural artifacts and groups of chapels of the 16th and 17th centuries.
- Slightly further out are the most spectacular RhB Albula and Barnina; Monte San Giorgio, site of the Triassic of Lombardy, one hour from Milan.
- Also about an hour away, you will find the site of the Copper Age, with 111 dwelling villages used by farmers from central Europe, these were centres of power and worship, including the monastic communities of San Salvatore, Santa Giulia in Brescia.
For those who want to stay in Milan it is recommended to see “The Last Supper“, the most famous painting in the world, the work of Leonardo Da Vinci (1494 -1498) for Santa Maria delle Grazie.