Ancient Mediterranean Days 2018

The annual event of the Phoenicians’ Route “Ancient Mediterranean Days” is back, an event that includes numerous initiatives and activities of various kinds (conferences, exhibitions, meetings, guided tours, twinnings, intercultural travel, and more) on the value of the Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations for today’s Intercultural Dialogue in many countries belonging to the International Network. The 2018 Edition will be dedicated in particular to the European Year of Cultural Heritage and the activities that will take place in the months of March, April and May are included in the calendar of this great European cultural event. Here is the 2018 program (updating):


March 16th, 2018
Castelvetrano (TP) – Sicily
Opening event Ancient Mediterranean Days 2018
Kick-off Meeting XI Euro-Mediterranean Dialogue on the Phoenicians’ Route “Heritage and dialogue between past and present
International Workshop “2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage”
In collaboration with the Rotary Club of Castelvetrano – Valle del Belìce
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March, 17th 
Elba Island – Tuscany
Il Cammino della Rada
Since 2013, three Associations: Italia Nostra, Legambiente and Elba2020Team, and since last year also the CAI, have been working on a niche project on the Island of Elba: “Il Cammino della Rada”, an itinerary that connects an extraordinary articulation of natural, cultural and historical points of interest, distributed along the Cammino in the Municipality of Portoferraio and at the gates of the Tuscan Archipelago National Park.
On Saturday 17th March, on the occasion of the launch of the online cultural magazine “MILIARIUM”, the article dedicated to the path, published in the magazine Montagne 360 in February, will be republished.
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March, 18th and 25th
Castiglion Fiorentino – Cortona (AR) – Tuscany
Intercultural Travel
Students of the Escola d’Art d’Eivissa, twinned with high school IISS of Castiglion Fiorentino, will make an intercultural travel to discover the Etruscan civilization in Tuscany.

March 29th and 30th
Parks and Museums of the Val di Cornia (Tuscany)
Inauguration of the new exhibition itinerary to visit the Acropolis area of the Archaeological Park of Baratti and Populonia, of the restored Fortress and of the Archaeological-Mining Park of San Silvestro and interventions carried out at the Archaeological Museum of the Territory of Populonia (Piombino). Important works and realized in order to make archaeology accessible to the public, for a visit without barriers not only from a physical, but also and above all cultural point of view; an accessibility understood not only in the narrower sense of demolition of architectural barriers, but also in overcoming cultural, cognitive and sensorial barriers.
Partners of the initiative: Municipality of Piombino, Municipality of Campiglia Marittima, Tuscany Region, MiBACT, Ales Spa.

April 2nd
Archeo-trekking, geo-trekking and kayaking excursion in Porto Badisco Regional Natural Park “Otranto-S.M. di Leuca and Bosco di Tricase”, district of Porto Badisco
Partner: Canoe Club Badisco, Association “Naturalmente Salento”

April 2nd and 8th
Event “Land and Mediterranean traditions in Terra d’Otranto
Monday, April 2nd a walk “On the streets of the shepherds” will take place to improve the knowledge of the area surrounding the Lighthouse of Punta Palascìa (Capo d’Otranto) and Porto Badisco, the landfall of Enea. The initiative is organized by the Association Il Giunco.
Sunday, April 8th a walk from Corsano to the Ionian Sea will take place along the ancient “Salt Ways”. The initiative is organized by the He. Arts Association.
Partner: Association Il Giunco, Association Messapi Land, Association He.Arts

April 7th, 2018
Selinunte – Castelvetrano (TP) – Sicily
Presentation of the Project “Olive Oil Museum Network in the Mediterranean
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April 9th, 2018
Marciana Marina Island of Elba (Tuscany – Italy)
First Forum Archipelago Culture
The first Forum of the Tuscan Archipelago Associations that deal directly or indirectly with culture is born to know each other, share their experience and create new synergies. “Archipelago Culture”, the name of the initiative, aims to underline the connection of the islands of the Tuscan Archipelago to create a network of associations and operators, to play an active role in culture and promote exchange and communication.
Partners: Municipality of Marciana Marina, Pro Loco Marciana Marina, Italia Nostra Arcipelago Toscano,
 SMART – Tuscan Archipelago Museum System (Tuscany Region), FEISCT – European Federation of Historical, Cultural and Tourist Itineraries, Aithale Group, Diffuse Archaeology APS and University of Siena (archaeology).

April, 13th and 20th
Palermo, Gibellina, Mozia/Marsala, Agrigento, Selinunte/Castelvetrano, Erice – Sicily
Intercultural Travel
Students of the College Cours Bastide of Marseilles (France) will make an intercultural travel to discover the Phoenicians’ Route in Sicily.

April 17th and 18th
“Giovanni Marongiu” Civic Museum in Cabras and FabLab 3D of the De Castro Institute in Terralba – Sardinia
Event: Erasmus + “Paths of Europe” on the Phoenicians’ Route
The students of De Castro Institute in Terralba, after having studied and analysed the Phoenicians’ Route, will write an article to be published on the INDIRE platform and will conduct a survey to verify the knowledge of local citizens and stakeholders such as representatives of institutions and tourist associations on the Cultural Route.
On Tuesday 17th a workshop will be held in collaboration with the Cabras museum. The students, together with some guests of the Erasmus + “Paths of Europe” partner schools’ delegations coming from Spain, Belgium and Poland, will be involved in the scanning of some Roman and Phoenician finds to be printed in the FabLab of the school, with the help of 3D printers. The prints will remain available to the Museum for educational purposes and for the use of blind and visually impaired visitors.
Partners of the initiative: “Giovanni Marongiu” Civic Museum of Cabras; Association 3DNA – Terralba.

April, 17th and 21st
Palermo, Cefalù, Monreale, Mozia, Agrigento, Selinunte, Erice – Sicily
Intercultural Travel
Students of the Suore Marcelline Institute of Milan (Italy) will make an intercultural travel to discover the Phoenicians’ Route in Sicily.

April, 25th and 2nd
Erice, Mozia, Marsala, Selinunte/Castelvetrano, Sambuca di Sicilia, Agrigento, Santa Croce Camerina, Modica, Ragusa, Siracusa, Letojanni, Etna Vulcan, Cefalù, Palermo – Sicily
Plein Air Camper Tour 2018 on the Phoenicians’ Route in Sicily
A media campaign through a tour in stages to discover and launch a new SmartWay in Sicily, coming into contact with the true and authentic Sicilian identity, consisting of endless facets of cultures, traditions, landscapes and gastronomy. The proposal is carried out in collaboration with various operators of experiential and creative tourism.
Partners of the initiative: Sicilian Region, Confesercenti Assocamping, PleinAir Magazine.

May, 10th
Cortona – Tuscany
Event “Europe 2018. The Faro Convention and the Cultural Routes as a project of democracy, intercultural dialogue and local development
The Phoenicians’ Route and AION Cultura organize a round table on the topic, where Local authorities, Universities and Cultural Institutes, technicians of Cultural Routes, high school students and all stakeholders interested in cultural heritage, as indicated in the Faro Convention, can confront each other.
Partners of the initiative: Municipality of Cortona, MAEC – Museum of the Etruscan Academy and of the City of Cortona, Institute of Higher Education “Luca Signorelli” of Cortona.
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June, 20th MANN National Archaeological Museum of Naples – Campania
June, 23rd MAEC Museum of the Etruscan Academy and of the city of Cortona (AR) – Tuscany
Two days of seminars and round tables on the subject “Iberians and Etruscans in the Ancient Mediterranean among archaeological research, Cultural Routes and tourism development“, where it is possible to establish a dialogue among Local Organizations, Universities and Cultural Institutes, Cultural Route Technicians and all cultural heritage stakeholders, as indicated in the Faro Convention.
Specific meetings are also planned with high school students focusing on the Faro Convention and the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe.
Partners of the initiative: University of Jaèn / Institute of Iberian Archeology, MAEC Museum of Cortona, MANN National Archaeological Museum of Naples, American Lebanese University, University of Bologna, ATS Pro Terra Sancta, Etruscan Academy of Cortona and Diputación of Jaén.



April 19th and 21st (Jaén)
Event “Iberians and Etruscans in the ancient Mediterranean between archaeological research, cultural routes and tourism development
Partners: University of Jaèn / Institute of Iberian Archeology, MAEC Museum of Cortona, MANN National Archaeological Museum of Naples, American Lebanese University, University of Bologna, ATS Pro Terra Sancta, Etruscan Academy of Cortona and Diputación of Jaén.
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April 21st
Majorca – Balearic Islands
Historical regatta of Mallorca Historical Regatta of Mallorca between the islands of Sa Galera (Palma) and Na Guardis (Ses Salines), a naval route used by the Punics 2200 years ago as a cultural and commercial route. A historical re-enactment and, above all, a reflection on the nautical knowledge and skills of the Phoenicians, a true intangible cultural heritage in the Mediterranean.
Partners of the initiative: Municipality of Ses Salines, Associació d’Amics de Sa Galera, Association of Hoteliers of Colònia de Sant Jordi, Nautical Club of Sant Antoni de la Platja (Can Pastilla), Nautical Club of Sa Ràpita and the Agència de Turisme Balear.

May, 3rd and 10th
Ibiza – Balearic Islands
Intercultural Travel
Students of the High School IIS of Castiglion Fiorentino, twinned with students of Escola d’Art d’Eivissa, will make an intercultural travel to discover the Phoenicians’ Route on the island of Ibiza.

May 8th and 11th
Mengíbar, Deputación de Jaén (Andalucia)
Conference “The importance of Olive Oil in the Mediterranean“, exhibition on the culture of olive oil, guided tours and educational activities at the Terra Oleum Museum.

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April, 18th
Event: “The importance of Intercultural Dialogue in the fight against terrorism
Guided tour of the Bardo National Museum – Tunis
Partner: Collège Lasalle (Institution Canadienne) – Tunis; Association des Anciens du Lycée Imam Moslem – El Menzah, Association Tunisienne Patrimoine et Environement, Agence de Mise en Valeur du Patrimoine et de la Promotion Culturelle.