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Destination Po Delta Parks

The project Destination Po Delta Parks results from the assumption that the rich cinematographic and audio-visual heritage of the Po Delta represents a new cultural and historic approach to better understand this area thanks to its environmental, historic, educational and traditional aspects. As a matter of fact audio-visual language is a universal language favouring the transmission of knowledge and communication. Cinema is a key educational tool mixing up high and low popular culture.

The films and documentaries set in the Po Delta represent a sort of cultural digest including authors, journalists and critics, from Antonioni to Mazzacurati, from Cerchio to Zavoli,  who have used this area as a tool to explore reality with a tale or fairy-tale like language. Moreover, these audio-visual products have been used as a magnifying lens to design new cultural tourist packages enhancing the peculiarities of an area, which shares similar morphological features. Specifically, this new project merging cinema and tourism, is likely to promote the development of rural areas.

In particular, the two Po Delta Parks, the one in Emilia-Romagna and the other one located in Veneto region, have launched specific actions to promote and enhance local cultural initiatives and also to share the facilities devoted to the preservation and promotion of the audio-visual products, both published and unpublished, set in the Po Delta area. They also joined their forces to establish a Centro di Documentazione Cinematografica del Delta [cinematographic documentation centre for the Po Delta] organized in three different sections each one corresponding to a different Po Delta area: Comacchio, Porto Viro and Baiga). The goal was to gather and classify audio-visual and cinematographic materials  aimed at a general and/or specialized public, enhancing cultural, historical, territorial and landscape oriented aspects, promoting knowledge and exchange opportunities, visiting historic and movie-related places as well as implementing specialized workshops for students and interested people.

A memorial tourism geared to recovering places, events and moments of our history in an area which was included in the World Unesco heritage list, where environmental protection and preservation are part of the tourist offer in order to raise awareness and promote knowledge.

As a consequence, a specific section is devoted to the enhancement of the area between Mesola (Province of Ferrara) and Cervia (Province of Ravenna) that, between 1944 and 1945, staged the world war for seven months which were decisive not only for the wide presence of several  military forces but also for the signs that can still be found today, even though places were somehow deeply changed by subsequent socio-economic aspects. Historic events can still be retraced through several architectural facilities, memorial stones and plaques, monuments and war cemeteries that are part of thematic trails likely to include this area in the list of the main "European memory places" list, as it was the case for other continental areas.

The project “Destination Po Delta Parks (Project code “Po Delta Parks”  I-L-IT004-003-001) (CUP H52I13000060006) is financed by the Rural Development Plan 2007/2013 of Emilia-Romagna region, Axe 4 “Implementation of the leader approach”, Measure 421 “inter-territorial and transnational cooperation”, PAL of the Delta region shared by Emilia and Romagna, in relation to 413.7; implementation of actions aimed at improving the joint access to local resources; promoting initiatives for the management, organization and promotion of eco-tourism trails; merging environmental resources with the need to use them as part of the historic and architectural heritage; stating the Delta identity and involve the local population  to take part in the design and development of the territory through a participatory approach.

 European Rural Fund for rural development: Europe invests in rural areas.


Parks and Biodiversity Management Body - Po Delta
Luca Squillace – Milena Medici – Filippo Baldassari

Province of Ferrara
Museum and Library Office Giuliana Castellari
Office for Unesco Site Procedure Management and Special Projects Sara Ardizzoni

Province of Ravenna
IT systems and knowledge networks
Rosella Cantarelli, Nevio Senni, Carla Ascani

With the cooperation of:
Contemporary History Institute of Ferrara -  Anna Maria Quarzi, Angela Ghinato
Contemporary History Istitute Istituto of Ravenna and its province - Giuseppe Masetti
Cineteca di Bologna Foundation - Andrea Meneghelli


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