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European Heritage Days

23 and 24 September 2017

Every year, the Italian Ministry of cultural heritage and activities and tourism takes part in the European Heritage Days.

Every year, the Italian Ministry of cultural heritage and activities and tourism takes part in the European Heritage Days, a project promoted since 1991 by the European Council and by the European Commission, with the aim of improving and encouraging dialogue and exchange between European countries, within a cultural sphere. This is an exceptionally important opportunity to reiterate the central role of culture in the dynamics of Italian society.

The project is traditionally adhered to by numerous non-state cultural places, including civic museums, municipalities, galleries, foundations and private associations, building up an extremely varied cultural offering, with a calendar that often reaches almost a thousand events.

A remarkable choral event that gives a good idea of the wealth and the “widespread” dimension of the national cultural heritage: from that of the famous museums to less well-known levels of excellence which almost every town can boast and must develop.

This is why the Ministry has always taken opportunities like that provided by the European Heritage Days to promote the projects drawn up by the single institutions and to keep strengthening the link with the respective territories and with their cultural identities.

Following the success of the last editions (#GEP2015 – #GEP2016, which have far outstripped every expectation of dedicated events and audience participation, the European Heritage Days 2017 will be celebrated in Italy, on 23rd and 24th September, with the theme “Culture and Nature“.


Detailed information on the participant institutes, on the initiatives and on the opening times will be available soon on the websites and

To follow the event on social media #GEP2017

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    Summer nights at the museum.

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    European Heritage Days 2015.

    The report of the edition dedicated to the topic of nourishment.

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