In 2011, 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, Lombardy to as far south as Benevento in Campania. All seven of these sites represent, according to UNESCO, “the high achievement of the Lombards [Longobards], 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 sites in Italy.
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:
Longobards in Italy: Places of the Power
The Santa Sofia complex, Benevento
The Gastaldaga area and the Episcopal complex. Cividale del Friuli, Friuli-Venezia Giulia.
Castelseprio Archaeological Park: Castrum, Church of Santa Maria Foris Portas, Torba Tower and Abbey
Monumental area with Monastic complex of San Salvatore–Santa Giulia
Sanctuary of San Michele, Monte Sant’Angelo