On November 30th 2000, the XXIV Plenary Assembly of the World Heritage Committee (W.H.C.) enrolled Verona in the World Heritage List (W.H.L) under the name of
“City of Verona”
DECISION OF THE WORLD HERITAGE COMMITTEE:
In its urban structure and its architecture, Verona is an outstanding example of a town that has developed progressively and uninterruptedly over two thousand years, incorporating artistic elements of the highest quality from each succeeding period.
Verona represents in an exceptional way the concept of the fortified town at several seminal stages of European history.
The historic city of Verona was founded in the 1st century b.C. It flourished particularly under the rule of the Scaliger family in the 13th and 14th centuries and as part of the Republic of Venice from the 15th to 18th centuries. Verona, a city of art and culture, has preserved a remarkable amount of monuments from antiquity and the medieval and Renaissance periods, and represents an outstanding example of a military stronghold.
On August 30th 2017, the Italian National Commission for UNESCO decided to grant its patronage to the marathon of Verona, considering that it runs in the historic center of the city, listed on the Unesco World Heritage list. Also cities like Ferrara, Siracusa, Rome, Venice, Palermo, Aquileia and Florence are on the World Heritage List and have their marathons. We would like to create in Italy an UNESCO marathon network to further enhance our heritage of the historic centers, highlighting their usability also on the sport level.This is a way to highlight links between sport, art and culture, three elements that contribute to a healthy and quality life style that is reflected positively not only at the individual level but also at the social level. It is also a way of spreading a sustainable tourism idea that is based on fruity rhythms more in tune with the body and mind.