World heritage sites of Italy

World heritage sites of Italy
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According to info got by StampNews.com the philately of San Marino goes on with the tour through the beauties of Italy with a souvenir sheet made up of 4 values. Each stamp depicts a characteristic architecture of the Unesco site. The philatelic tour represents the following cities: Modena, Mantua and Sabbioneta, Verona and San Gimignano. The issue is to be released on the 22d of October.

Capital of Romanesque art, Modena was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, attributed to its wealth of monuments, from Piazza Grande to the Ghirlandina Tower and its Cathedral, Medieval Christian masterpieces, unique representatives of a 12th-Century cultural-artistic tradition.

Rich in charm, art and history, Mantua and Sabbioneta were inserted onto the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2008. The two cities are associated for the significant bequest left to them by the noble Gonzaga Family that envisioned and realized their magnificent Renaissance downtowns. Mantua is a constantly-evolving model of the Renaissance city, renewed on a continuous basis between the 15th and 16th Centuries (having undergone interventions urbanistic, architectonic and hydraulic). Sabbioneta, rather, built from the ground up during the epoch, is one of the points of reference for the ideal city, as proposed by humanism.

In a stretch of land designed in accord with the bends and twists of the River Adige, we find Verona, a visually-stunning city of excellence and one of the 49 Italian sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

2,000 years of history encased in an expanse of 77 sq mi: this is Verona, site of a completely harmonious integration of the finest of artistic elements from several diverse historical epochs.

In the sun-drenched Sienese hills of the Val d'Elsa stands the gorgeous hilltown of San Gimignano, a splendorous Medieval atmosphere enwrapped by its 13th-Century wall.

It is the Tuscany that tourists love most, set amidst fields of golden grain, vineyards and ancient borgoes; it is the Tuscany of Chianti and the Val D'Orcia, of beloved culinary traditions and singular tastes.

A masterpiece of creative human genius, it is unique testimony to a past civilization, and as an exceptional exemplar of both architectonic complex and landscape, demonstrates signifcant passages in human history. It is for such qualities that San Gimignano earned its place on the UNESCO Word Heritage List in 1990.

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