30 million euros for the restoration of villages and historic districts in Italy

Aidone, Sicily / Gtres
26 March 2020,

The Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Activities and Tourism in Italy (MiBACT) has announced in a press release that 30 million euros have been made available for the redevelopment and restoration of villages and historic districts in the country, more precisely in the regions of Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Apulia and Sicily.

The announcement stated that the 30 million euros will be available for financial interventions aimed at the redevelopment and enhancement of tourism and culture in municipalities of the regions above and the deadline for submitting applications is the 13th April 2020.

The subject of the call for proposals is "measures to strengthen the attractiveness of small and medium-sized villages and historical districts by restoring and enhancing urban areas, historical or cultural buildings and distinctive features of identity. The intervention also aims to support innovative tourism development projects that promote socio-economic growth processes in the beneficiary territories, also in order to promote business processes that increase employment and attractiveness".

The call is addressed to "the municipalities of Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Apulia and Sicily, with a resident population of up to 5,000 inhabitants, or up to 10,000 inhabitants (according to ISTAT data as of 31/12/2018) who have identified the historic centre as a homogeneous territorial area (this is known in Italy as ZTO and is the zones into which a municipal territory is divided). This is stated under Article 2, letter A) of the Ministerial Decree No 1444/1968 and subsequent amendments.

As indicated in the notice published by MiBACT, the eligible areas will benefit from interventions in the following ways:

  • restoration and functional purposes including structural and plant engineering and the adaptation of buildings and/or public spaces;
  • creation of cycle and/or pedestrian routes for the connection and enjoyment of tourist sites and places of cultural interest (museums, monuments, UNESCO sites, libraries, archaeological sites and other cultural, religious and artistic attractions);
  • provision of information and communication services for the reception of tourists (info points, visitor centres, etc.), aimed at promoting the fruition of tangible and intangible cultural heritage, also through advanced technologies and innovative tools (publishing and multimedia products, information portals, interactive panels, audio guides, augmented reality, etc.).
  • enhancement and extension of the cultural offer, through the realisation of artistic activities and services (facilities, video projections, digital art, land art, etc.), in places that are potentially interesting from a tourist point of view;
  • realisation and promotion of cultural, themed and historical itineraries, as well as guided tours and through the restoration and opening of certain historical sites to the public;
  • enhancement of local knowledge and techniques (local craftsmanship, construction techniques and processing of materials according to local traditions), with activities that focus on the symbolic elements of the identity of specific places;
  • improvement of accessibility and mobility in the territories.
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