Guglionesi towards an ecomuseum between land and sea

The community map of the coastal and rural areas of the Adriatic Molise. The final product of the project (the community maps) was presented by the Omnicomprehensive of Guglionesi in a dedicated event held on 22 November 22 at the multipurpose centre, in the presence of the head teacher (Prof. Patrizia Ancora) and the Mayor of Guglionesi (lawyer Mario bellotti) and an audience made up mainly of students who participated in the laboratory activities.

Some students presented the 4 community maps and talked about the tangible and intangible heritage that distinguishes the area, highlighting their considerable value that should be protected and enhanced with the establishment of an ecomuseum.
For all of them, as Francesco, Giorgia, Carola and Erica said, “it was an exploratory journey that made it possible to discover the beauties of the area, of which they were unaware”.

A journey told by guiding listeners along the three designed itineraries that cross the town and the surrounding countryside.
Concepts taken up and developed by the manager who highlighted: “the conscious role of the school in contributing with this project to the knowledge of the landscape-culture link between young people in order to make them aware of the origins of the local identity reconstructed through the living labs, bottom-up elaboration of community maps. It is through knowledge to promote active citizenship and civic sense by preparing young people to be responsible people when they enter the world as adults”.

In his speech, the mayor underlined that “The territory is not a simple surface with specific characteristics (road networks, settlements, landscape, population, etc.) but a much more complex whole, a place where people live and work. Therefore, its characteristics tell us the story of the men who have populated it in the present and in the past and have left material traces (landscape changes, construction typologies, etc.) or immaterial (customs, customs, legends, linguistic peculiarities, etc.) with which they marked it.
Each territory, for these reasons, contains a widespread heritage, full of details and a very dense network of interrelationships between all these elements. And this complex local bio-cultural heritage is its hallmark”.
For these reasons, the Mayor announced in a solemn and formal way that “the administration will programmatically undertake to establish an ecomuseum as a tool to accompany residents and any ‘guests’ to discover the places, their value, their special character , putting the territory on display, aware of the strategic value of the ecomuseum to pursue protection and enhancement policies (in compliance with the provisions of Article 9 of the Constitution) aimed at community development”.

And finally he added that “the ecomuseum is one of the possible ways of ‘living in the globalized world’ by our community, offering it the possibility through the rediscovery and awareness of what we are of a tourist-experiential reconversion of the territory, also in connection with other local communities of Molise and even with some of the other side of the Adriatic”.

Then, he announced that the Municipality of Guglionesi:
• Will participate in a tourist itinerary that starts from the coast and arrives in high Molise, passing through the pivotal territories of Guglionesi -Palata and the municipalities of Croatian historical minorities;
• It will be the promoter, together with the municipalities of Albania and Montenegro, of a project for the establishment of an Adriatic cross-border eco-museum network.

At the end of the event, the head teacher handed over the community maps to the mayor with the “hope that they could be the first piece of the Guglionesi eco-museum”.

Guglionesi towards an ecomuseum between land and sea