Sicily and Sardinia team up for culture

Monumenti Aperti and Le Vie dei Tesori to work together

11 February, 16:40

    (ANSAmed) - PALERMO, FEB 11 - One is the largest circuit for valorising cultural heritage in Sicily, created in 2006 and now present in 20 cities and 60 small towns of the island (alongside a spinoff in Mantua in Italy's northern province of Lombardy).

    The other is the largest celebration of monuments in Sardinia, with a history that began in 1997 and now spread across all of its territory and with branches in other regions of the country including Emilia Romagna, Lombardy, Puglia, and Rome.

    Together, they signed an alliance that sets the foundations for joint valorization of the two largest islands in the Mediterranean, with effects on the cultural, tourism, and economic spheres.

    The two organisations share the same mission and the same origins: "grassroots" initiatives by professionals in love with their land.

    The first aim was to trade experience and then came other projects to showcase heritage as a tool for inclusion, social cohesion, and community growth.

    The two organisations have been been given medals by the President of the Republic. Monumenti Aperti also won the EU Award for Cultural Heritage//Europa Nostra Awards in 2018 in Berlin against 160 candidates from organisations from 31 countries across all of Europe.

    Le Vie dei Tesori was instead one of the few events that was held in Italy even amid COVID in 2020 and was last year among the dozens of candidates for Premio Cultura + Impresa, the most important Italian award for projects created out of alliances between cultural institutions and the production world.

    The two organisations were present at the latest editions of their reciprocal festivals, which this year were both held in October.

    The Sicilian delegation travelled around Cagliari starting from the new Parco Nervi and its walking and cycling paths, to then go to the city's fish market, which is the largest in Europe after one in Barcelona.

    A Sardinian delegation then went to Palermo during a weekend of the festival, visiting hundreds of places. (ANSAmed).

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