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Ivrea is UNESCO world heritage. The 54th in Italy

“Ivrea Industrial City of the Twentieth Century” is a Unesco World Heritage site , a news arrived while the work of the 42nd World Heritage Committee is under way.

So what was born as an idea of ​​an Italian entrepreneur, today becomes a site of global importance.

The Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities Alberto Bonisoli commented: “Ivrea, the city of the twentieth century industrial revolution, is the 54th Italian Unesco site . A recognition that goes to a humanistic conception of the work of Adrano Olivetti, born and developed by the Community movement and here fully achieved, in which the economic, social and cultural well-being of employees is considered an integral part of the production process “.

The World Heritage Committee has gathered in these days in Manama, Bahrain, where work will continue until July 4th, and is announcing the new entries in the list born of a convention in 1972.

Ivrea is located in the metropolitan area of ​​Turin , in Piedmont, its candidacy was presented to the Eneco in January 2017 by the Municipality and the Antonio Olivetti Foundation with the Guelpa Foundation, the Region, the Metropolitan City and the Municipality of Banchette . To coordinate the whole Secretary-General – UNESCO Office of MiBACT with the collaboration of institutions and experts. Since then, a process of evaluation has begun on the part of the advisory bodies of the United Nations organization that lasted a year and a half.

Founded in 1908 by Camillo Olivetti, the industrial city is a true industrial and socio – cultural project of the twentieth century. Most of its development took place between the Thirties and Sixties of the twentieth century under the direction of Adriano Olivetti, when the company of the same name produced typewriters, mechanical calculators and computers . Shape of the city and many of the buildings that compose it are born from the genius of Italian architects and urban planners. There are buildings for production, administration, social services and residential uses, which are representative of the Community Movement. It is a cultural current, which then became a political party, founded by Adriano Olivetti and socialist and liberal democratic. Therefore, Ivrea is an example of the experimentation of social and architectural ideas of industrial processes and an innovative experience of world-class industrial production that focuses on the well-being of local communities .

Interesting the perimeter where is the perimeter of the area destined to the industrial project olivettano with buildings of the production, offices services as kindergartens, and canteen, and the residences.

The villages of witches in Italy: magical places of the past and present

If you love the sinister atmosphere and look for a  place “bewitched” for your holidays, scattered throughout Italy there are several villages that are just right for you.

In semi – forgotten areas of our country, in fact, small towns characterized by a chatter presence of witches (in the past, or even in the present! ) Are not lacking.

One of the most famous is certainly Triora . Nestled in the Maritime Alps (precisely in the Argentina valley), this small town of 355 souls in the province of Imperia is known for two reasons : its typical buckwheat bread and the witch process that housed in the second half of the sixteenth century. The village still retains a halo of mystery thanks to its maze of narrow streets characterized by a multitude of arches, slate houses and gloomy places to avoid at sunset : decorations composed of brooms, black cats , oxen, stone heads and mysterious characters they are in fact scattered everywhere.

Instead, the thousand inhabitants of  Rifreddo , the center of the province of Cuneo dominated by the sight of Monviso. So called by virtue of a document dating back to 1075  in which it was called Rivus Frigidus (“Cold River”), this mountain village of the Cozie Alps that stands on the slopes of Mount Bracco hosted a  witch trial in 1495  and the City still today keeps the minutes. The nights of  “ Terrore nel Borgo   (a theatrical path through the dark alleyways of Rifreddo) have become one of the main events in the tourist planning of Cuneo.

The inhabited center of Calcata , which is less than 50 km from Rome (in the province of Viterbo), comes close to the thousand inhabitants . Perched on a mountain of tufa , this village that dominates the valley of the river Treja is quite inaccessible: from Calcata new you can reach it only on foot , a detail that may have contributed to building its fame . The houses here are brown in color, the same as the tufaceous rock in which they sink their foundations (in fact they seem a natural extension of the hill ) and the particular position makes the wind “sound” , which resembles the song of some strange witch .

Attention then to some dark castles scattered in our national territory. That of San Giorgio Canavese (Turin), which also hosted ‘Elisa di Rivombrosa’, is said to be infested with the spirit of a girl whose name can not even be pronounced , that of Malpaga (Bergamo) from a nobleman killed in the ‘500 because he is secretly in love with the castle. Thrown into the well, since then it would wander in a discreet and silent way for the manor. In Salsomaggiore Terme (Parma) there is instead the castle of Scipione , entirely open to visitors and which includes secret, fifteenth-century prisons and mysterious areas from the name (Sala delle Armi, Salottino del Diavolo, North Wing Salt).

We close our tour with the story of Cimego , a town that even … no longer exists. In fact, since 1 January 2016, this village in the Trentino Valle del Chiese has merged with other hamlets in the new town of Borgo Chiese. Here (especially in the village of Quartinago that has 25 inhabitants ) in the Christmas period there are always parties that look like sabbatical : to dance around fires where you prepare the polenta flour of Storo, in fact, there are witches of all ages .

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