The trebuchets candidates for UNESCO intangible heritage

Six Italian regions, including Puglia, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Abruzzo, Veneto, Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany, will present the candidacy of the trabucchi as an intangible asset of UNESCO. These ancient fishing tools, widespread along the coast of Gargano and Abruzzo, are a testimony of the culture and tradition of this region and represent an example of ingenuity and manual skill of the men who built them.

According to reports from La Repubblica – Bari, the president of the Abruzzo Region, Marco Marsilio declared his support for the candidacy of the trabucchi during the conference “Bolkestein and Trabucchi”, organized in Rome in the hall of the Chamber of Deputies. Marsilio has supported the need to protect the trebuchets from the Bolkestein directive, which considers these fishing tools in the same way as any accommodation facility. The candidacy of the trebuchets as a UNESCO intangible asset represents a unique opportunity to promote their conservation and enhancement as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity and would enhance the work of local authorities, associations and citizens who, through their conservation, they want to preserve the memory of a bygone era and pass on to posterity an important part of their history and their culture.

photo by GarganoNatour

The candidacy of the trebuchets as a UNESCO intangible asset can help make this millenary tradition known internationally and promote its preservation. Indeed, UNESCO has the task of protecting the intangible cultural heritage of humanity, and the candidacy of the trebuchets represents a unique opportunity to highlight the importance of these structures for the culture and history of Puglia and beyond .
If accepted, the trebuchets would be added to the other Apulian Unesco sites, such as the Sanctuary of Monte Sant'Angelo, Umbra Forest, the trulli e Castel del Monte.

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