Wine-growing regions in Piedmont: Langhe, Roero and Monferrato (World Heritage)
According to topb2bwebsites, Italy is richly blessed with cultural assets, spectacular buildings and entire city ensembles that are among the highlights of the UNESCO World Heritage. In 2014, with these wine-growing regions, a rather »quiet« world heritage site that is impressive in terms of landscape and cultural history was added.
The landscape comprises five wine-growing regions in the northern Italian region of Piedmont, between the Po and the Ligurian part of the Appenine Mountains. It has been here since the 5th century BC. Cultivated wine. This centuries-old tradition of winemaking and wine trade went deep into the cultural history of the region, which can be seen, for example, in the fact that Etruscan and Celtic terms relating to viticulture can still be found in the local dialect today.
In the middle of the region lies Cavour Castle from the 12th century, in which an enoteca on the rich wine heritage of Piedmont – u. the local Barolo wine – refers.
Wine-growing areas in Piedmont: Langhe, Roero and Monferrato: facts
|Official title:||Wine-growing areas in Piedmont: Langhe, Roero and Monferrato|
|Cultural monument:||Five wine-growing regions with characteristic, artistically embedded villages, castles, churches, courtyards and farm buildings such as wine cellars and warehouses; Cavour Castle is added as a separate unit|
|Location:||South of Piedmont between the Po and the Ligurian Appenines|
|Meaning:||The world heritage site stands for harmony and balance between the landscape on the one hand and the historically grown material culture of viticulture on the other.|
Etna (World Heritage)
The most active stratovolcano in the world rises up to 3,500 m on the east coast of Sicily – making it the highest mountain in the Mediterranean region and in extra-alpine Italy. The activity of the volcano can be proven over 500,000 years and has been documented for at least 2,700 years. Not only the volcano itself, but also the fertile landscape is an important site for geophysical, biological and ecological research.
|Natural monument:||Active volcano on the east coast of Sicily, with 3,350 m highest peak on the Mediterranean Sea and the extra-alpine Italy as well as the largest volcano in Europe; active until today for 500,000 years, of which at least 2,700 years have been documented; snow-covered with four summit craters and 400 side craters; on an area of 192 km² valuable ecosystem with endemic fauna and flora|
|Location:||Between Catania and Messina, Sicily|
|Meaning:||Unique volcanic landscape with high fertility; exceptional natural laboratory for the study of ecological and biological processes; diverse volcanic elements for scientific research|
Medici Villas and Gardens in Tuscany (World Heritage)
A total of twelve villas and two pleasure gardens in Tuscany around Florence are a testament to the harmonious integration of residential and garden complexes into the natural surroundings and are exemplary for the era of the Renaissance and the ideas of humanism. They originated between the 15th and 17th centuries. With them, the Medici created an innovative style of construction and lifestyle that set itself apart from the traditional country estate and military fortifications.
Medici Villas and Gardens in Tuscany: Facts
|Official title:||Medici villas and gardens in Tuscany|
|Cultural monument:||Six villas and two pleasure gardens in the vicinity of Florence as an expression of the influence of the Florentine merchant family of the Medici on the arts of the Renaissance; Princely residences built between the 15th and 17th centuries as new works of art for landscape development, turning away from pure country estates or military fortifications; Combination of natural living space with princely architecture with terraces, grottos, arcades and ancient sculptures|
|Location:||Surroundings of Florence, Italy|
|Meaning:||Extraordinary total works of art from a princely era; outstanding grounds of impressive beauty as the basis for the
creation of the Italian
garden; Integration into the natural environment as an expression of humanism
History of the Medici
|13th century||leading role of the Medici in the Republic of Florence|
|since 15th century||Lords of the City of Florence|
|1523||Giulio Medici as Pope Clement VII|
|1531||The Medici are constitutionally hereditary dukes of Florence|
|1569||The Medici by papal bull Grand Dukes of Tuscany|
|1737||Tuscany falls to Franz Stephan of Lorraine|