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11 June 2015
"Navigating the territory"
An integrated project for training the valorisation of the area of Fiumicino
  • This initiative seeks to involve the local community, starting from the school, in a process of reconstruction of the bonds that exist between the community and its cultural heritage, demonstrating the potential of the collaboration between public and private, between the world of infrastructure and that of archaeology
     
  • The programme of the various activities will include a variety of workshops, educational activities and entertainment for young people and their families at the archaeological site of the Port of Trajan on weekends from 25 April to 21 June

 

Offering experiences that actively involve the citizenship, promote culture and valorise the territory in the spirit of Article 9 of the Constitution is the objective of Navigating the territory, a project of the Fondazione Benetton Studi Richerche that promotes with the Special Superintendency for the Colosseum, the Roman National Museum and the Archaeological area of Rome (SS-Col) of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Activities and Tourism in collaboration with the Municipality of Fiumicino and the scholastic network "Progetto Tirreno - Eco-Schools" of Fiumicino.  The project is realised thanks to the support of Aeroporti di Roma.

Navigating the territory seeks to involve the territory, starting from the school, in a process of reconstruction of the bonds that exist between the community and its cultural heritage, demonstrating the potential of the collaboration between public and private, between the world of infrastructure and that of archaeology.

To ensure active protection will be the children of the schools of the "Progetto Tirreno" Network: with the support and the preparation of qualified personnel and the Superintendency, it will be the young people who are promoting guided tours, assisting visitors, creating educational, historical and naturalistic workshops, animated readings and scientific pathways dedicated to children from 3 to 6 years of age in addition to a small library. There will also be a meeting space dedicated to adults.

The Project involves primarily the schools of the Municipality of Fiumicino, to then involve all the interested citizens. On the weekends that run from 25 April to 21 June, in fact, there will be a programme of free activities organised in the archaeological area of the Port of Trajan (Saturdays from 2 pm to 7 pm, Sundays from 11 am to 7 pm), which includes workshops, educational activities and entertainment for young people and their families. Simultaneously there will be an information point set up, which is dedicated to the imperial ports of Claudius and Trajan, at Terminal 3 of the Leonardo da Vinci airport, in an area open to the public, not subject to security checks, easily accessible from both the railway station and car parks, by means of specific pedestrian connections. In the days in which the archaeological area is open there will also be a shuttle bus available to reach the Port of Trajan directly from the airport of Fiumicino.

In the meantime, with the joining of the "Progetto Tirreno - Eco-Schools", Interscholastic Network formed in the 1990s, which involves all the schools of Fiumicino, students can access the site and, thanks to the support of specialised personnel, study the territory of the ports of Claudius and Trajan, fundamental landing point since antiquity and a crucial place for the development of trade in the Mediterranean.  With the method of learning by doing, through specific training courses, outings on the field and educational workshops, the student is put in the condition to learn historical and cultural peculiarities and become in turn, during the days of the open archaeological area, motor for the transmission of knowledge toward their peers and the citizenship at large.

The archaeological area of the Port of Trajan is comprised of two contexts that are physically close but distinct, that relate to what remains of the jetties of the port structure of Claudius, with related facilities and the Museum of Roman Ships, adjacent to the Leonardo Da Vinci airport, and to the Port of Trajan, whose original structure is still clearly legible. The area of the Port of Trajan, with the archaeological remains that go from the first slipway dating back to the Principalities of Claudius and Nero up to late antiquity, form the State park of the Port of Trajan, accessible from via Portuense. The entirety is today managed by the Superintendency of the Colosseum, the Roman National Museum and the Archaeological area of Rome (SS-Col) in which have merged the Superintendency for Archaeological Heritage of Ostia.

The process of State ownership of the 32 hectares of the Port of Trajan has allowed the State, in the 1990s, to recover to the public heritage, with the exception of the hexagonal basin that has remained in private ownership, the main part of the greater port infrastructure of the Roman world, the largest hub of the ancient Mediterranean, and an important naturalistic heritage, reserve of biodiversity characterised by more than 2300 trees, some of which are centuries old, making it an archaeological landscape of exceptional value.

The interventions of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Activities and Tourism have restored and equipped the site, by providing within the park more than 5 km of paths with explanatory panels to allow different levels of visits in terms of time (short, medium and long, lasting from approximate an hour and a half to 4-5 hours) and type (mixed, prevalently archaeological or naturalistic). The opening to the public is expected by means of a double procedure: two fixed days a month, the first Saturday and the last Sunday, and guided tours on reservation carried out in the course of the year.

In this framework is placed Navigating the territory, that seeks to be an experimental project for the knowledge and fruition of the territory and that, like the Scholastic Network "Progetto Tirreno - Eco-Schools" of Fiumicino, has the objective of developing and spreading in the participating youth the sense of responsibility towards good government and the common good, implementing eco-sustainable activities for the development of the territory by means of its historical, archaeological and naturalistic knowledge. 

All the materials on the initiative, including the indications on how to participate in the free activities, are available on the site www.navigareilterritorio.it