Sammezzano Castle among endangered European sites

Committee, only Italian location among '7 Most Endangered'

02 April, 16:44

    Sammezzano Castle in Tuscany Sammezzano Castle in Tuscany

    FLORENCE - The castle of Sammezzano in Reggello (Florence) has been listed among the '7 Most Endangered', a European program to protect the seven cultural sites most at risk in Europe and mobilize public and private institutions to guarantee their restoration. The announcement was made by Francesco Esposito, the spokesman of civic movement 'Save Sammezzano', promoter of the awareness campaign, contacted by Europa Nostra, the pan-European federation for cultural heritage that included the Tuscan castle in the European project, the only case in Italy.

    The initiative will take action through a team of specialists including cultural heritage experts of Europa Nostra and finance experts of the European Investment Bank. After visiting the castle, they will identify possible sources of funding and adequate intervention plans, helping raise funds to restore Sammezzano. Technical and financial recommendations will also be drafted for a series of future actions.

    The other six sites that will take part in the program are: National Theatre of Albania (Albania), Castle Jezei (Czech Republic), Y-block - Government Quarter (Norway), Szombierki Power Plant (Poland), Belgrade Fortress and its surrounding (Serbia), Plenik Stadium (Slovenia).

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