ENG – UNESCO IN EMILIA ROMAGNA

Unesco

The UNESCO organization was founded in the same year as the end of the Second World War as a warning to create peace and preserve all that is beautiful in the world, whether it was built by man or created by nature itself.

After an event that had brought so much destruction and that in many cases forever erased secular sites, the desire was to create a new concept of peace through material and immaterial symbols that influence society, considered as our DNA heritage; Hence, every year since 1945, UNESCO has been trying to create peace and education thanks to the beauty of symbolic places and realities that contain an indescribable value; it is therefore our duty to keep the peace to save all this.

Recently there was a good news for the Emilia Romagna region, on June 21st 2019 the ‘Po Grande’ Biosphere FiumePoReserve was declared a UNESCO heritage, which has become a single area that already unites two UNESCO sites: the Delta del Po (2015) and Collina Po (2016), we have therefore inserted the whole area between the two extremes of the longest river in Italy and which contains an important mosaic of ecosystems: the oxbow, natural islands, forests, valleys and cultivated fields so important for our economy and our traditions.

 

This is the last recognition of a modest list that sees the Emilia Romagna region as the protagonist in various aspects, let’s see them together.

Here are the cultural sites on the list as World Heritage:

  • Ferrara, Renaissance city and its Po delta (1995)
  • Paleochristian Monuments of Ravenna (1996)
  • Duomo, Civic Tower and Piazza Grande, Modena (1997)

Included in a provisional list that matches the first step to obtain recognition by UNESCO are:

  • Parma Historic Center (2006)
  • The arcades of Bologna (2006)

In 2013 the Mediterranean Diet was named Intangible Cultural Heritage and in this case the whole of Italy is the protagonist, having contributed to the transformation of the most humble raw materials into starred dishes, perhaps it is not too cultural a feature, but we are the people who, while eat, we talk about food and this underlines even more how strong the bond with our kitchen is.

The Malatesta Novello library (2005) of Cesena is included in the important Memory of the World Registry.

Cesena

In the network of creative cities we find:

  • Bologna, UNESCO Creative City for Music (2006)
  • Parma, UNESCO Creative City for Gastronomy (2015)

The program ‘Chairs Network’ launched in 1992 aims to promote collaboration between human resources and experts focused on solving important problems and challenges to contribute to the development of society, the awards recognized in the Emilia Romagna region are the UNESCO Chair in Urban planning for sustainable local development (2008), University of Ferrara and the UNESCO Chair in Religious Pluralism and Peace (2008), University of Bologna.

“Building peace in the minds of men and women” This is UNESCO’s motto, which is to build peace in the minds of men and women and do it through places and abilities that distinguish humanity from the rest of living beings, we really hope that all this wealth and beauty will make us more aware of our heritage and more conscientious in respecting it.

UNESCO IN EMILIA ROMAGNA

Unesco

L’organizzazione Unesco nasce nello stesso anno della fine della seconda guerra mondiale come monito per creare pace e preservare tutto quello che di bello c’è al mondo, che sia stato costruito dall’uomo o creato dalla natura stessa.

Dopo un evento che aveva portato tanta distruzione e che in molti casi ha cancellato per sempre siti secolari, la volontà è stata quella di creare un nuovo concetto di pace attraverso simboli materiali ed immateriali che influiscono nella società, considerati patrimonio come il nostro stesso DNA; ecco quindi che Unesco cerca ogni anno dal 1945 di creare pace ed istruzione grazie alla bellezza di luoghi simbolo e realtà che racchiudono un valore indescrivibile; è quindi nostro dovere mantenere la pace per salvare tutto questo.

Recentemente c’è stata una bella novità per la regione Emilia Romagna, in data 21 Giugno ’19 è stata dichiarata FiumePopatrimonio Unesco la Riserva di Biosfera ‘Po Grande’ che è diventata un’unica area che unisce già due siti Unesco: il Delta del Po (2015) e Collina Po (2016), abbiamo quindi inserito tutta l’area posta tra i due estremi del fiume più lungo d’Italia e che raccoglie un importante mosaico di ecosistemi: lanca, isolotti naturali, foreste, valli e campi coltivati così importanti per la nostra economia e le nostre tradizioni.

 

Questo però è l’ultimo riconoscimento di una modesta lista che vede la regione Emilia Romagna protagonista per diversi aspetti, vediamoli insieme.

Ecco i siti culturali iscritti alla lista come Patrimonio dell’Umanità:

  • Ferrara, Città del rinascimento e il suo delta del Po (1995)
  • Monumenti Paleocristiani di Ravenna (1996)
  • Duomo, Torre Civica e Piazza Grande, Modena (1997)

Inseriti in una lista provvisoria che combacia con il primo passo per ottenere il riconoscimento da parte dell’Unesco ci sono:

  • Centro storico di Parma (2006)
  • I portici di Bologna (2006)

Nel 2013 la Dieta mediterranea è stata nominata Patrimonio culturale immateriale e in questo caso tutta l’Italia è protagonista, per aver contribuito nella trasformazione delle materie prime più umili in piatti stellati, forse non è una caratteristica troppo culturale, ma noi siamo il popolo che mentre mangia parla di cibo e questo sottolinea ancora di più quanto sia forte il legame con la nostra cucina.

Nell’importante Registro Memoria del Mondo è inserita la biblioteca Malatesta Novello (2005) di Cesena. Cesena

Nella rete delle città creative troviamo:

  • Bologna, Città creativa UNESCO per la musica (2006)
  • Parma, Città creativa UNESCO per la gastronomia (2015)

Il programma ‘Rete delle Cattedre’ lanciato nel 1992 ha l’intento di promuovere una collaborazione tra risorse umane ed esperti focalizzata alla risoluzione di importanti problemi e sfide per contribuire allo sviluppo della società, i premi riconosciuti nella regione Emilia Romagna sono la Cattedra UNESCO in Pianificazione urbana ragionale per lo sviluppo locale sostenibile (2008), Università degli Studi di Ferrara e la Cattedra UNESCO in Pluralismo religioso e pace (2008), Università di Bologna.

“Building peace in the minds of men and women” Questo è il motto di Unesco, ovvero costruire pace nelle menti di uomini e donne e farlo attraverso luoghi e capacità che distinguono l’umanità dal resto degli esseri viventi, speriamo davvero che tutta questa ricchezza e bellezza potranno renderci più consapevoli del nostro patrimonio e più coscienziosi nel rispettarlo.

“Estate in provincia” – Bologna – “Summer in Province”

Bologna

“Estate in Provincia”… Bologna ‼️
Ecco dove troverete una concentrazione di ingegno e industrie che hanno portato molteplici innovazioni nel mondo, Bologna e provincia offrono ogni tipo di attività.
Ecco la mia selezione di eventi per l’estate 2019 ⬇️

Per chi si sente dark troverà interessante il calendario di serate presso il Cimitero monumentale della Certosa di Bologna Sito web

Molto suggestivo è l’evento Cinema ritrovato organizzato dalla Cineteca di Bologna che vedrà Bologna Piazzamaggiore diventare un cinema all’aperto Programma 2019

Per gli amanti di musica soul ecco a voi il Porretta Soul Festival il tutto arricchito di buon cibo e splendide terme Sito web

“Summer in the Province” … Bologna‼ ️
Here is where you will find a concentration of ingenuity and industries that have brought multiple innovations to the world, Bologna and the province offer every type of activity.
Here is my selection of events for summer 2019 ⬇️

For those who feel dark, they will find the calendar of evenings at the Monumental Cemetery of the Certosa di Bologna interesting Website

Very impressive is the Rediscovered cinema event organized by the Cineteca di Bologna which will see Bologna Piazzamaggiore become an open-air cinema Program 2019

For soul music lovers, only for you the Porretta Soul Festival, all enriched with good food and splendid spa Website

THE MARKETS OF EMILIA ROMAGNA

The market is the symbol of the most primordial system of commerce born on the Earth and since Roman times it is still the place of the most lively city and that best represents the traditions, therefore it becomes the mirror of the population itself and can be counted of different nature, from food to flowers, or to those that bring antique pieces to light ready to be sold or exchanged.

The law of the market is that of the highest bidder, everything can be negotiated and if you are quite shrewd you always arrive at a compromise by subtracting the deal from others; around the world there are places that have become famous for the practices and traditions that take place on time, such as the Tokyo fish market with its exciting tuna auction that sees huge checks flown over even before the sun rises.

The market is just that, it’s the start of the day and of life in urban centers, where every now and then the curious tourist happens to see the folklore of the city he is visiting.

In Emilia Romagna there are splendid examples of covered or square markets, some very old and that continue to sell the freshest and most cultivated km 0 there is, so try to skip the mall for once and visit the nearest market to you, you could see another aspect of the city, the most authentic one.

MARKETS FOR EMILIA ROMAGNA NOT TO BE MISSED

In any city of Emilia Romagna you will find yourself, from Piacenza to Ravenna, you will find its weekly market usually in the main square ready to show its merchandise to those in search of business, while if you are looking for a bit of history or of ancient structures then mark these places:

  • In Reggio Emilia the old covered market has been transformed into a modern store, but it is still possible to see its original structure in the upper part and on the wall’s old signs, even if modernity sometimes takes away the charm of history, it is understandable that this place was an important social center for the city.
  • The Albinelli market in Modena is still a very lively point of commerce that sees and makes you feel the best techniques to attract customers, both habitual and occasional, during your visit you will be pleasantly struck by a world composed of smells, colors and real-life noises.
  • Bologna has a wonderful and ancient quadrilateral composed of ‘Botteghe’ that look out on narrow streets, you will have to be careful not to get lost if you are not good hounds; I advise you to stop at the middle market for lunch, in fact it offers every type of culinary choice and satisfies every type of request or specific diet.
  • A real treasure is enclosed in the ancient market of Comacchio that between brick roads and those made of water creates an interesting labyrinth in which to get lost and then take a break to taste eel and anchovies.
  • An ancient fish market that today is home to expanses of flowers is the old Roman market of Rimini which overlooks Piazza Cavour and which still has an almost intact structure, in the evening this place becomes the meeting point for university students and for all those who they want to spend an evening in the company of a glass of Sangiovese or a cold beer.

The markets bring with them centuries of traditions, styles and trends, try to think that in the squares where we walk today people of all kinds have passed, from the brigand always ready to be the smartest to survive, to the leader who brought back peace in the city and put an end to a battle.

The markets never realized too much about what was happening around them, the important thing was to arrive at the end of the day, rest a bit and then start again at dawn the next day, but the markets are the best school to learn how to sell and retain customers and do so without newsletters or loyalty cards, but only with the experience and skillful communicative art.

MUSIC: A question of rhythm

Do you know what the rhythm is? Rhythm is a gift and is the best tool to win the trust of others in fact, be wary of those who do not have the rhythm in their blood.

Music, in addition to notes on a pentagram, is Magic because it knows how to remove negative thoughts, it is Passion that lights up your soul and is Therapy whose benefits, if you know how to listen, arrive immediately.

Playing an instrument is the activity that most differentiates us from other living beings, which gives that added value to life; for this reason, Music is a serious subject which even if started centuries ago is still evolving.

MUSIC IN EMILIA ROMAGNA

In this region Music has been transformed by its artists into Poetry, has been directed by the first and pioneering conductors, has found power in vocal cords capable of becoming famous all over the world; here the Music is of all the free people who let rhythm dance and red blood cells.

Here there is the tradition of telling past stories, credible ideals only when theoretical, human weakness and love, the whole always surrounded by the sense of freedom to dream and live.

In the history we remember many characters and masters who changed the musical world: Giuseppe Verdi, Arturo Toscanini, Luciano Pavarotti and Zucchero Fornaciari, are some of the Big that have brought our proud and worker character around the world.

Then we remember Lucio Dalla, Guccini, Cesare Cremonini, Vasco Rossi and LucianoLigabue, who have transformed everyday life into notes and given value to themost daily habits.

In Bologna since 1971 the Music is taught at an academic level (DAMS) and this, in 2006, brought the recognition of ‘Creative City of Music’ by UNESCO.

The streets of Bologna have a predominantly Jazz character, but you can also find Underground, Classical and Italian music, each with its own space and without prejudices.

Parma has its ‘Festival Verdi’ which every year in October reminds of the importance of opera in its theaters and attracts fans from all over the world.

Even the Riviera offers a diversified musical world, it attracts younger generations who are always looking for fun and dance on the dance floor, but you can also find orchestras that with their ballads and waltz make dance intrepid old men.

The importance of Music can also be seen in the structures you can find along the region such as: the Unipol Arena in Casalecchio di Reno, which is today the largest and most modern complex for events in Italy; then we have wonderful theaters like the Farnese in Parma or historical discos that have marked the most recent musical styles.

Lose yourself then among the notes that Emilia Romagna can play in the streets or at important festivals and enjoy all the possible emotions.

How can I explain to you what Bologna is?

Bologna

I try to give the right tribute with the words and I hope to be forgiven where the writing does not arrive, but certain things must be seen, breathed and lived.
The first thing you will notice is that in Bologna there are a lot of people, with so many nuances of skin and tongue, so you will hear chaotic and market noises;
Then come the smells that mix between the most contrasting, those of a city always on the move and those of the ovens with their hot bread and freshly cut Mortadella;
For the view you will have to bend your neck up and lose your gaze among km of columns and arches that compose the long portici, even higher you will see towers and statues that dominate the city for some years and have seen a lot more people than us ;
As for hearing, there is a particular tradition that only here you will meet and that makes Bologna La ‘Dotta’; Freedom of thought is exercised here, and for those who are not familiar with this concept, it means that you could see ordinary people in the famous Piazza Maggiore climb onto a small stool and talk surrounded by people who will listen to it civilly until they rest their feet on the square again. ;
In Bologna you are not only hungry for food, even though here there is one of the best cuisines in the world, but you are hungry for culture and knowledge, the first University, still frequented by students, even foreigners, who fill places like Piazza Verdi simply on the ground with beer, cigarettes, guitar and some discussion ready to unleash people;
Like every Italian city, even Bologna has its churches, but since she likes to exaggerate, she has seven in one located in Piazza Santo Stefano.
This city can be explored from many points of view and geographical points: look at it from the hill of San Luca, with the longest portico in the world, or from the river those who pass under it and that, if skilled, you can find coming out from the streets, but certainly the view that deserves the most is that from the Torre degli Asinelli that allows you to see the design of the city and detach from its chaos, discussions and even the smell of Mortadella.
There is a very beautiful and powerful concept here: Freedom. You can understand it from the diversity of nightclubs and socially engaged places that leave the maximum recognition to free expression.
So very freely get lost in the streets of Bologna and get ready for an all-round and unique experience.