14 September 2010


The sites that have been chosen as World Heritage sites are places that have some kind of cultural, natural, or blend of cultural and natural significance globally. These places have had influences on the history of not only the countries in which they are located, but the world as well. Therefore, it is the belief of UNESCO that all people are responsible for preservation of these sites.

Although it was challenging to choose only a few sites to focus on, I was able to choose one cultural and two natural World Heritage sites.

The Historic Centre of Siena is located in Siena, which is a city in Tuscany. The center of this city was designated a World Heritage site because of it's medieval and gothic appearance. At this time between the 12th and 15th centuries, several artists wanted to greatly influence Italian and European art, and did so through the architecture of this city. Preserving this part of history gives insight into the culture of the time.

The Aeolian Islands are volcanic islands that have greatly contributed to the studies of geoscientists. The changes and eruptions that have occured over time have led to these islands being studied for over 200 years.

The Dolomites is a mountain range in the northern Italian alps that have been designated as a World Heritage site. (If you haven't seen the pictures of these you should definitely check them out!!!) The mountains contain many sites where geologists have uncovered fossils from the Triassic period. Some of the highest limestone walls in the world can be found here, alongside ledges and peaks that overlook meadows of incredible beauty. The area is protected by government provinces as well as staff members that control the number of visitors allowed on the property.

Melissa B.

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