The importance of being UNESCO
According to a study by Global Philadelphia, recognition as a world heritage site will increase the international tourism of the city by 10% and domestic tourism by 2% annually, the equivalent to an extra 250 million dollars of income.
However, Philadelphia has much more to boast about than its historical past. Situated in the northeast of the country, between two goliaths like New York and Washington D.C, its attractive appearance is formed of skyscrapers, houses from the 18th century and roads lined with trees and museums. It’s also a major industrial port on the Delaware River, and its history and modernity are blended together with vitality and charm.
The city is home to the most famous 72 steps in the world, those that Sylvester Stallone climbed on his run in his training routine as Rocky and that lead to the south façade of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Or even the luxurious cell at the Eastern State Penitentiary in Fairmont Avenue, where Al Capone was sentenced to serve eight months among exotic Persian rugs, a desk, a radio playing waltzes and numerous oil paintings.