Identification and Interpretation of a Cultural Route

The example of Maritime Silk Road


The objective of “Identification and Interpretation of Cultural Route: the example of Maritime Silk Road” is the exchange of good practices between partners aimed at identifying transferable approaches and tools to promote serial heritage starting from coastal areas. In particular, through a multidisciplinary approach, this cooperation addresses the challenge of identifying solutions and tools to enhance the natural, historical and cultural connections between sites of historical-cultural interest, identifying solutions to improve cohesion and territorial development through the creation of a network of routes that integrate more or less known contexts, avoiding the congestion of the main sites and expanding the cultural offer.

In this perspective, the CNR ISPC implements its multidisciplinary experience in the creation of cultural routes and evaluation of conservation standards of serial maritime cultural heritage, already put to good use in the previous CNR-CACH project "Valorization-Tourism-Particcipation: Developing alternative integrated solutions for less promoted historic sites".

Experimenting with an innovative approach to the identification and interpretation of cultural itineraries, applying in practice what emerged from the joint research with the Chinese team, the research led to the design of a Mediterranean Silk Road, of which 'points of interest' have been identified on Italian territory. Specifically, the serial and coastal route is based on the hypothesis of systematizing the material and immaterial traces of the cultural contamination between the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies and the Celestial Empire. Among the cities touched by the itinerary are Naples and Palermo, with their hinterlands.

Project information

  • Italian project leader: CNR ISPC
  • Foreign project leader: Chinese Academy of Cultural Heritage
  • ISPC Scientific coordinator: Laura Genovese
  • Partners: Chinese Academy of Fine Arts; CNR ISMed Istituto di Studi sul Mediterraneo; CNR IGAG Istituto di Geologia Ambientale e Geoingegneria; Università degli Studi di Milano; Università degli Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria
  • Involved Countries: Italy - China
  • Site/Area/Case study:The Silk Road (China) - The Mediterranean Silk Road (Italy)
  • Stato attività: closed
  • Funding: CNR Bilateral agreements (2019-2022)
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