“A celebration of archaeology and culture, open to everyone, with many events, and Sardinia as Guest Region along with Tuscany”. This is how Piero Pruneti presented the fifth edition of TourismA – the Archaeology and Cultural Tourism Fair – on the premises of the Tuscan Regional Council, after a welcome speech by President Eugenio Giani. A full house event, always fascinating and gathering thousands of archaeologists at Palazzo dei Congressi, as well as history and archaeology lovers. Three non-stop days to find out more about Italian cultural heritage among arts, archaeology and environment.
Around 100 exhibitors, some of which also from abroad (France, Cyprus, Israel, Malta, Croatia), and 300 speakers, focusing on great archaeology discoveries and on the promotion and development of heritage and cultural tourism.
The event will start with an in-depth introduction on art by an exceptional “trio” – Eike Schmidt, Director of the Uffizi Gallery, Antonio Paolucci, art historian and former Director of the Vatican Museums and art critic Philippe Daverio – to continue with reportages from Italian archaeological missions abroad; the sensational discoveries in Pompeii; a reviewed and revised perspective on the Middle Ages; stories by RAI Storia, and archaeology in videogames with the latest CNR technologies. And let us not forget the amazing world of Etruscans between the Tyrrhenian and Adriatic Seas, as well as the charming stories on Lombards in Italy.
Among the other VIPs of this edition, Alberto Angela, Valerio Massimo Manfredi, Vittorio Sgarbi, Andrea Carandini, President of FAI (the National Trust for Italy). Thanks to her brilliant rendition of “La Signora Matilde”, stand-up comedian Syusy Blady will be awarded the special “R. Francovich” Prize for divulging stories about the Middle Ages.