Civita di Bagnoregio nominated for UNESCO World Heritage Site status

The Italian Commission for UNESCO officially announces that Civita di Bagnoregio is a candidate for UNESCO World Heritage status.

The ancient village of Civita di Bagnoregio (Viterbo, Italy) will be a candidate for UNESCO World Heritage Site status. This was announced today by the Governing Council of the Italian National Commission for UNESCO, which met today in telematic mode: the council approved the Italian candidacy project for Civita di Bagnoregio (entitled The Cultural Landscape of Civita di Bagnoregio), which will be submitted for consideration by the World Heritage Committee in 2022.

The nomination, argues the board of the Italian UNESCO Commission, represents an outstanding example of human interaction with a hostile environment constantly threatened by natural forces. Civita di Bagnoregio is a site where human ingenuity challenges a territory that for centuries, and still today, has been characterized by erosive phenomena that have delineated its iconicity and influenced its social, cultural, urban and architectural aspects. The community has for centuries sought to mitigate uninterrupted irreversible phenomena, contributing substantially to making Civita di Bagnoregio a cultural landscape of extraordinary significance.

The Governing Council was preceded by the inaugural meeting of the new Assembly of the National Commission, whose work was opened by President Franco Bernabè and included the participation of Deputy Foreign Minister, Marina Sereni, Unesco’s Deputy Director General for Education, Stefania Giannini, and the two newly elected Vice Presidents, Paolo Baratta and Salvatore Settis. Bernabè recalled the Commission’s commitment to support Italian candidacies for UNESCO awards (as many as 73 in the last four years) and within the framework of the United Nations 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, with some initiatives in schools and universities and the translation of UNESCO manuals.

Minister of Cultural Heritage Dario Franceschini also spoke on the candidacy of Civita di Bagnoregio. “The candidacy of Civita di Bagnoregio,” he said, “is the right recognition of the synergy between the different actors in the area, between public and private, for the achievement of the first, important step toward the inscription of this extraordinary site on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Now it is important that the work shared so far continues until the achievement of the result, which rewards a cultural landscape of enormous value and beauty.”

The candidacy is promoted by the Lazio Region and the Municipality of Civita di Bagnoregio, and the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism collaborated on the project through the coordination of the Unesco Office of the General Secretariat and thanks to contributions from the Soprintendenza Archeologia, Belle Arti e Paesaggio for the metropolitan area of Rome, the province of Viterbo and southern Etruria. The Municipality of Bagnoregio actively participated. The outcome will be reported in the Committee’s work in 2022.

Civita di Bagnoregio nominated for UNESCO World Heritage Site status
Civita di Bagnoregio nominated for UNESCO World Heritage Site status

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