On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the landing in Sicily was born Area '43, a network for the enhancement and promotion of the landing sites that aims to give life to a tourism linked to the complexity of the territories, history and moments of civil life that saw the island protagonist in one of the most dramatic moments of the Second World War.
The target of the OELLE Foundation, promoter of the project, is to make accessible the places of memory focusing on areas such as Gela, Licata, Scoglitti, Syracuse, Marzamemi, Randazzo, Castiglione di Sicilia, Linguaglossa, Troina, Comiso, Vittoria, Noto and make them known to the world as places protagonists of history and essential steps of a journey in which the events of the past become a story of the present and, therefore, of culture.
A network to discover and enhance, even through technology, immense cultural deposits in Sicily, united by a history of war and freedom. Among the first activities planned, the mapping of places to identify thematic itineraries to offer tourists, from food to simulations, to war photographers, battlefields, shelters, war cemeteries. At the same time, the creation of an institutional portal dedicated to "Area '43" was launched, as well as the stipulation of agreements with tour operators specialized in war tourism to include the "1943 landing" Municipalities included in the project within the main routes of the international combat tour. On 25 September, with the signing of a partnership agreement between the OELLE Foundation chaired by Ornella Laneri (as promoter and manager) and the Municipality of Troina (represented by the mayor, Sebastiano Venezia), and a letter of intent Fondazione Oelle and the Municipality of Catania (represented by the mayor, Salvo Pogliese), "Area '43" has been officially launched, the network - which will soon be extended to the other interested Municipalities - for development and innovation in the cultural and tourist sectors of the places of the war events of the 1943 landing in Sicily.
On November 6th, the Municipality of Linguaglossa signed a partnership agreement with the Foundation, joining the "Area '43" project.
Also the Municipality of Noto adheres to "Area '43", the project of the Oelle Foundation on the Allied landing places in Sicily.
The collaboration with Roads to Sicily has begun, with the aim of reviving those historical events that have marked our history, through the visit of the places of memory.
Siracusa also signed the partnership agreement with the Foundation.
Today there are five municipalities that are part of the network.
Coming soon: Area'43 Sicily Landing Tour.