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Italian cultural heritage takes the stage in Belgrade

The Italian Cultural Institute (IIC) in Belgrade has organised a three-day event focused on Italy’s cultural heritage. “Una passeggiata attraverso il patrimonio culturale italiano” (A journey across the Italian cultural Heritage) opens tomorrow night at the Fabrika outdoor cinema in Belgrade. It will feature several documentary films which show Italy’s rich and varied cultural heritage. Each screening will focus on one of the Italian peninsula’s regions or areas.

To narrate Sicily, which opens the event on Thursday, 21 July, will be three documentaries: “Ortygia” by Carlo De Domenico, which traces 28 centuries of history of the island of Ortigia – the historic town centre of Syracuse; “Occhiola’: un presepe dei monti Erei”  by Lorenzo Daniele, a journey back in time to the vibrant country town at the foot of the Erei hills through its houses, crooked streets, and churches which are dwarfed by an imposing medieval castle; and “Neas/Noto” by Gianluca Agati, a presentation of the city of Noto and the nearby archaelogical site of Noto Antica, a place of extraordinary archaeological value and stunning beauty.

The spotlight will be on central Italy on Thursday, 28 July and the documentaries will be: “Via Clodia, strada sacra etrusca?” by Ebe Giovannini, “La donna a Pompei” by Oreste Tartaglione, “Vinum – Storia del vino nell’Italia Antica” by Maurizio Pellegrini, and “Viaggio nell’antica Roma” by Donatella Ansovini.

It ends in Northern Italy on 4 August with: “Lacus Timavi” by Giorgio Gregorio, portraying a lake closed off in ancient times by a system of coastal strips and islands, where settlements have existed from prehistoric times to the 6th century AD; and “Cromazio di Aquileia al crocevia di genti e religioni”, also by Giorgio Gregorio, which tells the story of Chromatius, bishop of Aquileia, the Roman colony founded in 181 BC. It became a crossroads and a melting pot of different languages, cultures, and religions. All documentaries are in Italian, with subtitles in Serbian.