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Conservation and valorisation of Giovanni Boccaccio’s house museum in Certaldo Alto

Keywords: Preservation , Functional redevelopment , Valorization , Historical heritage , Historic centres , Cultural turism

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The architectural restoration and functional redevelopment of Boccacio’s house in Certaldo Alto (Florence), has been carried out between 2006 and 2007 and finalized in 2011, including the reconstruction of the garden next to the house. The program which has been characterized by a strong civic, social and cultural involvement, is lead by the Ente Nazionale G. Boccaccio in partnership whit the local administration and aims at contributing to the valorization of the historical, architectural and cultural heritage of the historic center of Certaldo Alto. Valorization here is intended as a functional integration and synergy between predominantly cultural activities. The aim is to achieve the best results in terms of social development as well as intellectual growth within a virtuous economy, and therefore the construction of a complementary model for cultural assets in general. A model where the single cultural elements (museums, libraries, workrooms, exhibitions, auditorium, etc..) represent only the intersections of a wider net system established through the process of communication and exchange with the institutions, publics or privates, that operate in the sectors of research, experimentation, education and information. This means that the management of cultural assets will now aim mainly at the interaction between its components and nationals as well as international structures of education and research, institutes for the social and economical development and innovative business structures in the fields of communication and cultural and sustainable tourism. This establishes an additional value of his still underestimated significance.

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