On the 15th June, a ceremony formalising the joint organisation of the VII Advisory Forum of the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe (27-29 September 2017, Lucca, Italy) between the Council of Europe, the Italian Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the Tuscany Region was held in the premises of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism in Rome, Italy.
As established by the Governing Board of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes in 2016, Italy will host the VII Advisory Forum (27-29 September 2017, Lucca) . The Forum will celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe programme, highlighting its past, present and future contributions to the promotion of the values of the Council of Europe in the field of human rights, cultural heritage and intercultural dialogue, with a particular attention to the role of sustainable, accessible cultural tourism.
Following the ceremony, the Italian representatives of certified Cultural Routes had the opportunity to met with the organisers of the VII Advisory Forum. As June 2017, Italy is crossed by 21 Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe, among which five have their headquarters in the country (Via Francigena, Iter Vitis, ATRIUM, Phoenicians' Route and the European Historical Thermal Towns).
Press release from the Italian Ministry of Culture and Tourism (in Italian): http://www.beniculturali.it/mibac/export/MiBAC/sito-MiBAC/Contenuti/MibacUnif/Comunicati/visualizza_asset.html_2061046890.html
Photo (from left to right): Stefano Dominioni (Executive Secretary of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes), Antonia Pasqua Recchia (Secretary General, Italian Ministry of Culture and Tourism), Ilaria Borletti Buitoni (Undersecretary of State, Italian Ministry of Culture and Tourism) and Stefano Ciuoffo (Head of Tourism Unit, Tuscany Region).