Department I of the Directorate General of Management and Promotion of Cultural Heritage, among the activities pertaining to it, has the task of guaranteeing its support of the Directorate General in the development of the functions of direction and material support of the enhancement of the State’s cultural heritage, providing an increase of the quality of services produced by the Administration with particular regard for the public, in all the institutes and cultural places depending on the Ministry.
In the scope (framework) of the 2010-2011 program, special attention has been given to projects and operations related to accessibility, either physical or cultural of the cultural sites of the Italian State.
In particular, since February 2010 the project, “a system of information for the quality of enjoyment of the cultural heritage on the part of persons with specific needs” under the supervision of the Directorate General of Management and Promotion of Cultural Heritage, has started providing, through its institutional web site, information on the actual conditions of accessibility of the state cultural sites open to the public, allowing users adequate profile of their own needs and expectations.
In order to support some of the activities developed by the State Superintendicies, the Directorate General of Management and Promotion of Cultural Heritage has intended, moreover, to participate in financing some initiative that they intend (porre) as pilot projects always in need of increased accessibility.
For example, a project, “An Elevator for Michelangelo” directed by the Architectural, Landscape, Historical, Artistic and Ethno-anthropological Superintendency for the provinces of Florence, Pistoia, and Prato, meets, through the monitoring of structures, the theme of knocking down (removing) the architectural barriers in the monumental complex of the Medici Chapels of Florence by means of installing an glass elevator (or lift) that will make access to the Laurentian monument possible and easy.
Within the scope of enhancing cultural heritage, it also joins the study of feasibility “An Path of Increased accessibility in the archaeological area of Tarquinia,” conducted by the Superintendency for Archaeological Heritage of Southern Etruria that will allow visits, without architectural barriers, of the some dromos-type tombs of the celebrated Etruscan necropolis.
A similar project, proposed (promoted) by the Special Superintendency for the Archaeology Heritage of Rome, is on its way of being realized in the vicinity of the archaeological area of the Roman Forum and the Palatine where the completion of a proposed elevator and a specially placed ramp will allow easy access to the most significant sites of Rome’s ancient history.
Of notable interest is, moreover, the multimedia project titled “Hendrik Andersen and Olivia Cushing - between Utopia and Reality under the direction of the Superintendency of the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art. The project intends to increase the appreciation the life and works of Hendrik Christian Andersen, the American sculptor, painter, and urban planner of Norwegian origins, who died in Rome in 1940, near his own studio-house on the Via Pietro Stanislao Mancini in Rome that is today a museum.
The project also foresees, besides the presentation of around 3000 digitalized images of the age, the fruit of accurate archival research, the realization of a virtual speaking book that traces (chronicles) the salient phases of the lively existence (life) of the famous artist, in addition to a virtual visit of his house-museum, to the most important works of the artist (master) and of the valuable building that houses them.