The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization has spent the past few decades identifying and preserving natural and cultural heritage sites around the world, and Italy is home to a significant number of these sites. Discover the beauty and history of Italy at these five amazing sites:

In the 1200’s, excited after seeing the birthplace of Jesus Christ, St. Francis of Assisi held a reenactment of the Christmas miracle in a cave outside of Greccio, Italy. With the Pope’s blessing, nativity scenes, both static and live, became a cherished part of the Italian – and worldwide – Christmas celebration. Presepe, or Presepi Viventi, are still set up and reenacted all throughout Italy.

Of all the things to plan when a baby is on the way, the babymoon might be the most fun. Consider a pampering, luxurious holiday in Italy before baby arrives to reconnect with your partner and relax. Family is an extraordinarily important part of Italian life, and pregnant women are treated like queens wherever they go! It’s the perfect place to start creating brand new family memories.

If November was any indication, December will be just as chilly in Italy. But that doesn’t mean you need to leave your bathing suits at home for your winter holiday! Check out these six amazing luxury Italian villas with Jacuzzis – the perfect places to warm up this winter!

#1. Just outside of Siena, in the hills of Tuscany, you’ll find Dimora del Cedro, a beautiful traditional property that dates back to the 1400’s. But while the property is old school, the villa itself is modern and fresh.

In the heart of Tuscany is the birthplace of the Renaissance: Florence. This ancient city is bustling with beautiful art, interesting architecture and plenty of spots to inspire romance on your holiday.

The weather in Florence is warm and sunny in the summer, and mild and calm in the winter. A light dusting of snow on the top of Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore’s famed cupola, Il Duomo, is a captivating sight.