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The rurAllure project at the forefront of cultural heritage enhancement

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The rurAllure project at the forefront of cultural heritage enhancement

On 27 and 28 January the cities of Padua and Montegrotto Terme welcomed the third of rurAllure General Meeting, the European Horizon 2020 project dedicated to the promotion of cultural heritage in the rural areas surrounding pilgrimage routes.

Researchers, associations and representatives of public institutions gathered to discuss innovative solutions to restart tourism activities when the Covid-19 pandemic will end.
The project focuses on the enhancement of major points of interest along pilgrimage routes, such as Santiago de Compostela and Via Francigena, to highlight literary, naturalistic and thermal heritage thus enriching the travellers’ experience. During the meeting, held at the University of Padua, project partners discovered Montegrotto Terme’s heritage and its Museum of Ancient Thermalism and Territory, yet to be fully discovered by tourists. The group participated in a multifaceted archaeological guided tour, and experienced a full immersion in historic thermalism to learn about findings from the excavations in Montegrotto Terme. The rurAllure partners also visited the thermal baths in Montegrotto archaeological area in Via Scavi, part of the Aquae Patavinae enhancement project.
Among the participants, Riccardo Mortandello and Pier Luigi Sponton, respectively Mayor and Councilor for Culture of Montegrotto Terme, Deputy Mayor Elisabetta Roetta, Luca Fanton, Councilor for Green Transition and Territorial Planning and fifteen rurAllure partners, from six different countries. The project is funded by the European Union.

For more information, please visit www.rurallure.eu