Venice Meeting on the Value of Heritage for Society - The Time for Faro

Venice, 22 and 23 September 2016


The Council of Europe has chosen Venice as one of the cities to test the implementation of the Faro Convention.

A workshop on the Faro Convention took place in Venice on 22 and 23 September. This was an international conference attended by representatives of twelve States intending to ratify the Convention, which entered into force in 2011, has been ratified by 17 states and signed by 5 others, including Italy.

Attendees to the conference had the chance to see what local associations and heritage communities do by taking part in three different heritage walks. During the walks participants visited the Arsenale, met artisans specialized in woodwork and discovered luthiers, secrets and melodies of the 18th century music in Venice.

The starting point of the Faro Convention is that knowledge and use of cultural heritage are inherent in the human right to participate in cultural life and enjoy the arts. As a consequence, the participation of citizens and communities is a key element to increase awareness of cultural heritage and of its contribution to well-being and quality of life.

A video of the event is available at the following link:

European Heritage Days

22 and 23 September 2016


To celebrate European Heritage Days 2016, the Council of Europe’s Venice Office coordinated the following events.


In Venice:

  1. Knock on wood, heritage walk to meet artisans specialized in woodwork and the creation of objects of design.
  2. Secrets and melodies, heritage walk to discover the 18th century music of Venice.
  3. Venice thermal baths and the Lido hospital: heritage walk to search for the precious memories of the Lido hospital.
  4. Everyday life voices among the archives of the Scuola Grande of St. Roch, meeting with local high school students who studied the archives and rediscovered the philanthropic character of the Scuola.
  5. Beyond factories: heritage walk to travel through the places of the 20th century industrial Venice.
  6. The Venice Ghetto: food as a tale teller, heritage walk through parts of the Ghetto, usually closed to the public, which tell of the relationship between food and Jewish traditions.
  7. Tracing hospitality at the historic Scuole of Venice, set of three heritage walks to explore the Scuole Grandi’s links with the past and discover the story of their exceptional survival.
  8. The Venetian art of perfumery: visit to the perfume itinerary at Palazzo Mocenigo among original perfumery equipment, historical finds and a collection of perfume bottles.
  9. Discovering Batteria Ca’ Bianca Angelo Emo, heritage walk guided by people who have experience of the Batteria being used for military activities.


In the Veneto region and the rest of Italy:


  1. Rediscovering San Felice: heritage walk around the ancient military structure of the fort.
  2. Discovering Treviso: history, monuments and nature, walk among fascinating fountains, mills and sights of Treviso that narrate the history and traditions of a city deeply connected to the near Venice.
  3. Along the Sile river banks, heritage walk from Treviso to Quarto d’Altino accompanied by stories of millers, helmsmen, Venetian patricians and laundresses.
  4. The art of soil, heritage walk to Nove, land of artistic ceramic handicrafts where expertise is passed down from generation to generation.
  5. Berries, fruits, scents and fine views at Villa Giustiniani, heritage walk through the villa and its amazing gardens.
  6. Anthropical and architectonic itineraries through the streets of Vicenza, heritage walk to discover the city’s culture and its artistic and cultural institutions.
  7. The city of rivers: fluvial itinerary in Vicenza, visit to the Roman and medieval bridges of the city, aboard boats following the natural course of rivers.
  8. Masters of the creation of allegorical and papier-mâché carnival floats, heritage walk to the hangars of carnival floats and visit to the museum of the Carnival and Contemporary Art.
  9. Totally lost at the House of the war wounded, heritage walk to promote the “inconvenient” architectural heritage left by totalitarian regimes and reflect on their significance for present times.
  10. From Collodi to Pinocchio with Carlo Lorenzini: heritage walk to places, normally closed to the public, recalling the atmosphere in which Pinocchio came to life.