“Ai Confini della Meraviglia”: an Italian journey in 1000 villages
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2017 is the official year of the Italian Villages and Emilia-Romagna is leader & coordinator of Borghi – Viaggio italiano, a project for their enhancement, together with other 17 Regions. This is how “Ai confini della Meraviglia” (To the Borders of Wonder) was born, the exhibition that starts on Saturday May 6th at Diocletian Baths in Rome to tell the small centers and landscapes linked to illustrious characters of Italian culture.
Villages, symbol of the most authentic Italy, are for sure places of a slow and quality tourism off the beaten tracks, but they are also the true custodians of traditions and identity of the land.
Now the question is: how to express all this wealth inside a single exhibition?
Answer is an anamorphosis-based set-up, that is a distorted projection or perspective requiring the viewer to use special devices or occupy a specific vantage point (or both) to reconstitute the image.
In addition to this evocative virtual trip up and down the Italian “boot”, there are numerous daily performances organized by each Region to promote their historical, artistic and environmental heritage.
This free entrance exhibition is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10.30 am to 7.30 pm and will be held for about a month, until Friday June 9th, the day when the protagonist of events will be Emilia- Romagna.
Among the 1000 villages celebrated (that are the sum of Borghi d’Italia, Borghi Storici Marinari, Terre Malatestiane e del Montefeltro & Paesaggi d’Autore) Emilia-Romagna takes part with 58 sites: from Castell’Arquato to Busseto, from Castelvetro di Modena to Dozza, from Bertinoro to Brisighella, from Cesenatico to San Leo, to name just the most famous; here is the complete list!