Introduced by law Art Bonus, it refers to the City yearly honoured by the MIBACT, for showing cultural development and diverse activities to the world
The initiative of selecting an Italian Capital of Culture every year came along with law Art Bonus, following the announcement Matera, European Capital of Culture 2019 (Matera Capitale Europea della Cultura 2019).
An initiative born to back, encourage and enhance Italian cities’ planning and performing skills in the field of culture. To the purpose of taking the value of a cultural lever for a better social cohesion, to recognize and widespread, not only integrating and conserving identities, but also tending to a different economic development for individual and collective welfare.
Born of the idea of promoting more and more new forms of sustainable tourism – as indicated in the PST 2017 – 2022, The Strategic Plan for Tourism 2017-2022 – it stands for inter-modality among projects, for a more efficient tourist flows management enhancing the whole Country.
All the various Italian Capitals of Culture (or applicants to that) are now conveniently located in The Digital Atlas of Italian Paths, as specific POI (Points of Interest), within the Paths themselves.
By 2016, the winners were Mantua, Palermo and Pistoia. If in 2019 no City will be honoured, with Matera already European Capital, Parma was however already appointed Italian Capital of Culture for 2020.
“Next time for Italy to have the European Capital will be in 2033: it is evident that a yearly Capital of Culture at National level will give an opportunity of quality competition to every big and/or small Italian city”.
-Dario Franceschini, MiBACT