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UNESCO names three new heritage sites in Italy

There are now 43 heritage sites in ItalyMantova, Sabbioneta and the Retica Railway have been named new World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, bringing the total number in Italy to a staggering 43 sites.

Mantova and Sabbioneta were given heritage site status because they are "extraordinary examples of Renaissance architecture and city planning".

Mantova was the former capital of the Gonzaga family who ruled the province for almost 400 years. During their reign, they kept some of the most important artists of the time at their court and were avid collectors of art.

Meanwhile, Sabbioneta, which is in the same province, is known for its historic Jewish ghetto and particularly for its Hebrew printing-press. Its period of prosperity and artistic patronage was under Duke Vespasiano Gonzaga who died in 1591.

The third site, the Retica Railway, crosses the Alps between Italy and Switzerland through the Bernina Pass and is one of the most scenic railways in Europe, running over railway viaducts of breathtaking height.

Rome – Visit some of the ancient landmarks such as the Colosseum or tour the opulent Vatican.

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