Last month, UNESCO inscribed Italy’s newest World Heritage sites: The Longobards in Italy. Places of the Power (568-774 A.D.). Treated as one entity, these seven sites stretch from as far north as Castelseprio, a small village in Lombardy where is located Santa Maria Fortis Portas and the castrum with the Torba Tower, to as far south as Benevento and its Santa Sofia church complex. All of these sites represent, according to UNESCO, “the high achievement of the Lombards, who migrated from northern Europe and developed their own specific culture in Italy where they ruled over vast territories in the 6th to 8th centuries.”
While the Longobard sites are the newest ones to be recognized by UNESCO, they are among the least well known of the many UNESCO buildings and sites in Italy, which now leads the world with 45. To learn more about each of the “Longobards in Italy” sites, including where they are, how to visit them, and the treasures they contain, visit Italia Longobardorum, the website of the group responsible for formally submitting these sites for UNESCO World Heritage consideration. You can also click on the links below for the individual sites:
- The castrum with the Torba Tower and the church outside the walls, Santa Maria foris portas. Castelseprio, Lombardy.
- The monumental area with the monastic complex of San Salvatore-Santa Giulia. Brescia, Lombardy.
- The Gastaldaga area and the Episcopal complex. Cividale del Friuli, Friuli-Venezia Giulia.
- The basilica of San Salvatore. Spoleto, Umbria.
- The Clitunno Tempietto. Campello sul Clitunno, Umbria.
- The Santa Sofia complex. Benevento, Campania.
- The Sanctuary of San Michele. Monte Sant’Angelo, Puglia.