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Mario is a tourist. He glides through the gallery of a museum like a fish, he has little motivation because he is afraid of the weight of history that surrounds him. He wants to quickly reach the exit to take a breather and rest. He tells his friends that everything went well.

Maria is a citizen. She crosses the city like a rabbit being constantly in a hurry. Her feverish activity does not let her stop and discover an heritage she encounters every day. She goes past historical monuments without recognizing them, architectures which are invisible to her eyes, and strolls unseeing in typical urban landscapes. As with the neighbor on the 3rd floor or the old lady on bus No. 13, their faces are familiar, but she never had the opportunity to meet them.

Luigi is a student. He does not like history and geo as it is taught at school, but he is passionate and curious. However he has no access to heritage and believes that culture is an elitist affair that does not concern him.

Alone, demotivated, disconnected. Is this how tourists, citizens and youngsters approach heritage ?

Now I ask you if the heritage door can open differently. Imagine a different set of scenarios. Mario the tourist is guided by a storyteller who transforms his anxiety into an unforgettable ride. Through friends who invited her, Maria finally finds the opportunity to explore her neighborhood. Luigi, he clings to the heritage because he sees an epic adventure.

Culture is not a simple sum of information read somewhere, it is an approach made of curiosity, questioning and exploration of the unknown, of joy and sharing, as an ultimate quest with real friends.

 

Author: 
Guido

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