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Notice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Truffle hunting and extraction on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List

This morning Italy obtained a new prestigious recognition by UNESCO, thanks to the inscription of the “Truffle hunting and extraction in Italy: traditional knowledge and practices” in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.

The proclamation took place during the sixteenth session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, which is being held in Paris (13-18 December 2021).

Minister Di Maio expresses deep satisfaction with the Committee’s decision, which recognises the value of an extraordinary heritage of traditional knowledge and practices transmitted orally in the countryside in many regions of our country.
The new addition brings to 15 the number of Italian items inscribed on the Intangible Heritage List, out of a total of more than 600. The new adding of the Porticoes of Bologna, the pictorial cycles of the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua, and Montecatini Great SPA town of Europe in the List of UNESCO World Heritage Sites last summer and the election of our country in the World Heritage Committee of the Organisation, last 25 November, confirm the leading position of Italy within UNESCO. It also reaffirms the excellent teamwork of the country-system which involved the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Permanent Representation of Italy to UNESCO, the Italian National Commission for UNESCO, the Ministry of Culture and a wide range of local organis ations that promoted the candidature, including the Federazione Nazionale Tartufai Italiani (National Federation of Italian Truffle Hunters, FNATI) and the Associazione Nazionale Città del Tartufo (National Association City of Truffle, ANCT).

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