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Re-counting World Heritage sites: #20 (Pompei)

This series of posts gives me an incentive to review our photographic archives with sometimes rather pleasing results. For instance, our visit to Pompei made in the pre-digital photo-era customarily left just a few photographs to choose from. Printed on glossy paper, those 4×6 shots have been languishing in a…

Counting World Heritage sites: #73 (Vicenza)

Counting World Heritage sites: #72 (Vicenza)

The World Heritage status of Vicenza is primarily due to Andrea Palladio, a 16th-century giant whose works dominate the town and serve as the origin of the now-classic architectural style that has spread all over Western world (for instance, the White House in Washington, DC, finds its roots in Palladian…

Counting World Heritage sites: #71 (Ferrara)

Counting World Heritage sites: #70 (Ferrara)

For reasons that lack straightforward explanation, Ferrara did not impress us as it probably should have. Our over-saturation with all things medieval or Renaissance on this trip probably played a part – but then a couple of destinations that came later left stronger imprints. And yet, there is plenty to…

Counting World Heritage sites: #69 (Assisi)

Counting World Heritage sites: #68 (Assisi)

Assisi easily vaulted towards the top of my personal list of the most impressive day-trip destinations after having hosted us for half of a day. The town’s World Heritage inscription is centered on its sacred architecture, but it is also incredibly picturesque and, pilgrimages aside, does not convey a feeling…

Counting World Heritage sites: #68 (Ravenna)

Counting World Heritage sites: #67 (Ravenna)

Although city of Ravenna is not without occasional highlights on its streets and squares, you are likely to come here for the mosaics of the early Christian monuments. There are 8 of them inscribed together as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Of those, 5 are within reasonable walking distance from…

Counting World Heritage sites: #67 (Urbino)

Counting World Heritage sites: #66 (Urbino)

Historic center of Urbino is recognized on UNESCO list for its homogeneous Renaissance appearance and architecture blended into original medieval structure. It is a town that is very easy on the eyes – and moderately challenging to navigate due to its hilly topography. Here is the view of the town…

Counting World Heritage sites: #66 (Modena)

Counting World Heritage sites: #65 (Modena)

The UNESCO World Heritage site in Modena is the main historic square, with major architectural masterpieces surrounding it. Here is a fragment of two named ones, the exquisite – and leaning (you will have to trust me on this) – Torre Civica and the Cathedral. Piazza Grande, on balance, was…

Counting World Heritage sites: #65 (Cinque Terre)

Counting World Heritage sites: #64 (Cinque Terre)

The incredibly picturesque area of Cinque Terre, along with Portovenere and a trio of islands to the immediate south, are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list for their historic and cultural value, to say nothing of their beauty. For nearly a millennium, the rugged and mountainous Ligurian coast made…

Lower Manhattan from a boat

My present job occasionally demands travel between Wall Street area in Manhattan and Exchange Place location in Jersey City. The most convenient way to make the trip is via NY Waterway service, which takes about 10 minutes to cross New York Harbor. On one of such trips I brought along…

Re-counting World Heritage sites: #44 (Belfries)

Re-counting World Heritage sites: #43 (Belfries)

I have on multiple occasions professed my inclination for climbing elevated viewpoints in any given location. That tendency puts this particular World Heritage site especially close to my heart. In addition to admiring architectural qualities and civic history significance for which these towers are inscribed on the UNESCO List, I…