FLORENCE – Today, Friday 10th February, started the procedure to nominate the Italian Via Francigena to the World Heritage List with the commitment of the Regions.This is the result of the meeting that was held this afternoon in Florence, at the regional department of culture. Beyond the vice president Monica Barni, owner of the culture mandate, and the tourism assessor Stefano Ciuoffo, the regional representative counselor of Tuscany Francesco Gazzetti and the executive director of the touristic promotion of Tuscany Alberto Peruzzini, also assessors and expert delegates of the Regions involved in the project, attended the meeting.
The assessor Cristina Cappellini was present to represent Lombardy Region; for Aosta Valley the assessor Emily Rini participated, while for Piedmont Region the assessor Antonella Parigi attended. To represent Emilia-Romagna participated Andrea Massari, mayor of the municipality of Fidenza. Lazio and Liguria also adhered to the initiative.
The meeting, that actually starts the iter for the presentation of the candidacy, was also useful to define in detail the common procedure that establishes purposes and obligations of the different subjects involved.
Between the most discussed points, the identification of Tuscany Region as coordinator of the preparatory phase for the candidacy, the involvement of the European Association of the Vie Francigene, the commitment for a constant comparison with Municipalities, the MIbact and the UNESCO board.
This confirmation of the commitment of the regions in favour of the locations, the communities and the walkers of the Via Francigena is also aimed to be an invitation and a warranty -at every institutional level- to work together for the promotion, the safeguard and the development of one of the main paths of Europe.
Next appointment for the signing of the protocol is established on 4th March in San Miniato, in the field of the two-days meeting on “The Via Francigena and the routes. The sustainable footprint of Tuscany”.
Source: Toscana Notizie, F. Taverniti