The ROMIT project was approved by the Steering Committee of the Interreg III-B CADSES programme in December 2003, with an excellent score and without cutting the budget, which amounts to 905.000 € divided as follow:
SUMMARY OF PROJECT
The main aim of the ROMIT project is to find, at European level, new ways of preservation and management of the archaeological sites of Roman origin, integrating them into the local development policies. By doing this, two important and significant factors will be deemed:
- “Heritage”, considered as a combination of intangible elements – as traditions, values and beliefs, and tangible elements – as works of art, craft, buildings and landscape) represents an important element of personal identification (the other face of globalization for many people is the rediscover of their own roots) as well as a sphere of various personal interests.
- These personal interests can be transformed in specific tourist products.Studies conducted at international level, in particular in the USA, demonstrated that the heritage tourists spend more money and stay longer at destination than other travellers.
- to set up an innovative management strategy for cultural heritage, capable of integrating, at local level, the process of cultural resource enhancement with other facilities and with the socio-economic structure of the territory, thereby improving the quality of the environment, of the products and of the territorial services;
- to improve both protection and fruition of the Roman heritage as one of the most significant examples of ancient architecture and human transformation of the cultural landscape, as well as a relevant expression of European identity. This will be done by means of an integrated transnational system based on a European catalogue entry and a web site, which promotes and manages a dedicated cultural route graphically based on the Tabula Peutingeriana. The Tabula is the medieval copy of a Roman road map of the IV century, one of the most important itinera which the ancient world has left, and to extend it in various CADSES countries;
- to facilitate co-operation through transnational meetings and conferences between public and private actors from the involved regions on specific issues linked to management and enhancement of archaeological heritage and to local development.