Although the concept of Mediterranean Diet is shared pretty much by every Country bordering the sea, the inclusion in the world heritage list was promoted by 4 Countries from both the north and south shore: Italy. Spain, Greece and Morocco.
Italy ranks n. 1 in the UNESCO world heritage list with 55 sites all across the Country, most of which are pretty famous worldwide such as Venice, Florence, Rome and the Holy See, Pompeii. Others are less known and cover aspects of my Country that are natural, historical, artistic and even industrial.
The first snowstorms happened on the Alps, which are very visible even from the city center, especially the Monviso, which is an amazing landmark for us being shaped as a perfect pyramid which stands out among the major mounts of the Alps.
Cefalù is nowadays a nice, human sized beach village but it was originally built by the Normans. That is why its marvellous Cathedral shows mosaics similar to those of Monreale and Palermo, also included in the Unesco world heritage.
On my last day in Palermo, the capital of Sicily, I decided to go visit the UNESCO heritage sites of the city, listed under the title "The Arab-Norman sites of Palermo, Monreale and Caflù". In fact it's not a single site but a complex of buildings located in 3 different cities, all of which dating back to the Arab and the Norman domination of the Island.
I left Marsala after a very good and very abundant breakfast and started driving my car, direction Palermo I decided to add another cultural pit stop in Monreale, a world famous place for Mosaics.
After visiting Noto, the so-called capital of the Baroque style I drove just few kilometres, along the Valley and ended up at two cities that really surprised me: Scicli and Modica.