On Saturday, 16 September, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Antonio Tajani, will take part in the launch of the “2024 Year of the Italian Roots in the World” project in the Municipality of Sgurgola (FR). During the event, Mayor Antonio Corsi will award the Deputy Prime Minister honorary citizenship.
“The Government established that 2024 will celebrate the Italian Roots worldwide” – stated Tajani. He added – “the project “Roots Tourism” aims to build a 100% local tourist offer, to allow Italians and Italian descendants to fully appreciate the beauty, culture and historical traditions of the small villages that their ancestors left”.
The project “Roots Tourism” – included in the NRRP – is a tourist offer combining assets and services of the third sector (accommodations, food and wine, guided tours) with a deep knowledge of family history and the original culture of Italians residing abroad and Italian descendants in general, the latter’s number being estimated around 80 million people.
Currently, 850 municipalities with less than 6000 inhabitants and about 300 municipalities with a population of more than 6000 people have adhered to the “Roots Tourism” project. The project aims to allow visitors to rediscover their origin villages and reclaim their ancient culture, passing through craftsmanship, food and traditional music played by choruses and folklore musical bands in the streets of their towns. Deputy Minister Tajani has involved many of these performers during the celebration of the European Music Festival held at Farnesina in June.