Umbria Antica, a multimedia project to delve into regional history and culture

UMBRIA – Speak in an old language that comes from far away, with many nuances and even more accents. It tells stories of saints and demons, magical places inhabited by ancient gods, epic battles, bizarre anecdotes and mysterious characters.

Umbria, a small piece of land in central Italy, is like a small book with many pages: one of the old dusty books left a little on the sidelines, perhaps not much appreciated, but with a surprising and colorful interior.

The stories that tell of its origins are many and fascinating, hidden in the caves of its forests, in the ancient temples transformed into churches, sometimes put in the slits of the castles or under the stone arches of the streets.

A great legacy, but often not very well known: this is exactly why it was born Ancient Umbriaa multimedia project to discover, improve and disseminate the cultural and archaeological heritage of our region in an innovative wayAn integral part of the ambitious project is ” Festival in ancient Umbriathis year in its first edition, a touring event with history and archeology lessons held at museums and archeological sites in Umbria.

The festival, divided into seven scenes that wind along just as many places, guardians and witnesses to our region’s ancient history, started on June 4 in the art gallery at the Archaeological Museum in Ameliaand continues until June 26 with the closing meeting taking place in the Archaeological Site of Carsulae.

Between both, Spello, Spoleto, Tuoro, Gubbio and Otricoliseven symbolic places in Umbria – he claims Andrea Fioravantiproject coordinator – to try to make those who know Umbria fall in love again and intrigue those who have never seen it“.

A journey through special places that become the scene of meetings and informative lessons held by historians, linguists, professors and archaeologists.

This is a festival created to stay – continues Andrea – with the intention and investment to do so in the next few years. The festival wants to bring home an almost impossible challenge: to insert into the cultural geography of Italy the idea that there is an ancient Umbria. We always talk about medieval Umbria, we talk a lot about Renaissance Umbria and a lot of food and wine Umbria, but we do not know much about the historical and archaeological heritage we have. So our goal is to make a different kind of festival than usual, not so much to make it a single place to talk about what’s around, but to go to the places“.

The stop in Spoleto with the theme of the Lombards and the fortress Albornoz thus took place right inside the fortress, that of the mosaics from Spello in the latter’s municipal hall, that of Carsulae in the Roman theater in the archeological site and so on, to touch by hand the places in history , which comes to life before the eyes of the participants.

The soul of the project is Archeo, a social promotion association composed of Andrea Fioravanti, Costanza Motta, Matteo Cesari, Maria Sole Cammelli and Caterina Fioravanti, young researchers also from outside the region, born with the aim of creating basic multimedia content not only for the young public , but generally for many types of public and to attract as many people as possible to the discovery of ancient Umbria.
Young people and with very clear ideas about the future and the structure of their project, determined to take advantage of all the opportunities that modern technologies make available to them: hiking, drone aerial photography, podcasts, publishing trailers from the meetings are so again and again used for a diversification of content that can reach everyone.
Living the online experience first and then playing it safe is now very important for tourists. That is why we offer many types of content whose common characteristic is to be immersive, a difficult challenge, but we hope to be right in this cultural struggle that we carry out.“.

Challenges that with a full house for all the events so far, it looks like it is on its way to being won: “we are happy with how it goes, there were between 100 and 120 people for the event says Andrea at the end of the Spoleto scene – there is a great desire to hear about Umbria and in particular about ancient Umbria. Also because we then touch on many chords, we come to people who may be looking for their own identity or to the people who are interested in history but also in the curiosity of our region. For example, not everyone knows that in Amelia there is the oldest theater with wooden mechanisms still operating in Italy, where they recorded some scenes of the Marquis del Grillo, and that it is older than La Fenice in Venice, or that Lucrezia Borgia managed the fortress by Albornoz“.

But the festival is just one of the activities that Umbria Antica performs, part of what Andrea defines as a “cultural communication advent calendar “.

In this agenda for appointments, the first phase was written, with the presence on the site of more than fifty informative and in-depth articles; the second, the summer that is taking place now, is video, with trailers posted online at the end of each meeting, while the third, which starts in September and October, will be audio with the broadcast of all podcasts.

In order to get people to talk about ancient Umbria all year round and become a consolidated reality over time, the preconditions are present.

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