A dangerous country. From the bridges of highways to schools, passing through the immense cultural heritage, Italy falls to pieces.
Certainly, a problem of resources, but too often even of organization: negligence, indifference and occasional interventionism and façades have always been an atavistic evil of our country.
Alberto Bonisoli’s statements
“What happened to San Giuseppe dei Falegnami no longer has to happen – Alberto Bonisoli (minister of cultural assets and activities in Conte’s government) said fervently.
“We are in a fantastic country but we have been distracted by other things to understand if there are any dangerous situations and to map them in an important way“.
The Minister of Cultural Heritage has guaranteed that he has already moved on to action: “This is a topic that we will address as soon as possible in the Council of Ministers: for the moment we can say that there are already funds in our interior and last week, after the events in Genoa, we started mapping them, and in the coming weeks we will put together the information we have with an assessment of the dangers of certain parameters, regardless of who the owner is“.
Report the assets at risk
Italia Nostra thinks instead, that since 2011 has compiled and continues to update a list of the cultural assets that are lacking in proper maintenance. The so-called “Red List” ranges from parks to landscapes, from museums to historical centers, from religious goods to archaeological sites and includes more and less known monuments scattered throughout the peninsula.
Collapses and less frequented sites
There are obviously the most striking cases, such as those of the archaeological park of Pompeii and the Aurelian Walls of Rome (Rome’s imposing walls often overlooked) of which unfortunately we periodically have news of collapses.
Instead, also sites that are less frequented by mass tourism are undeservedly cut off by the light of the spotlight. Among the most worrying cases, for example, it should be noted – that of Fabbrica Alta di Schio, that of Borgo di Fogliano in the province of Latina, that of the archaeological area of the ancient city of Teano and that of the coastal towers of Sinis, in the province of Oristano.
Italia Nostra offers a suggestion following the collapse of the church to the Fori Imperiali and has appealed to Mibact reiterating “the need for a real security policy and conservation of the entire artistic heritage of the country on a par with that of great works. This also and above all through financing and sponsorships of private individuals “.
Aid also comes from foundations such as Fai (Fondo Ambiente Italiano), which launches the “Remember to Save Italy” campaign every October, a collection of funds to cover the costs of maintenance of the assets it has in management.
But obviously not enough: the blanket is too short for a country where too many artistic beauties are left to themselves.