The inclusion of the “Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy” in the World Heritage List of UNESCO, formally agreed in Paris on 3 July 2003 during the 27th session of the World Heritage Committee, underlined its “outstanding universal value” from a historical, artistic and scientific point of view, and, as well as raising and qualifying international attention on the monuments included in the site, commits the administrations involved to a careful and conscientious management of the values and features, guaranteeing their integrity, authenticity and originality.
The inscription of the “Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy” in the UNESCO World Heritage List has highlighted the urgency and necessity of launching a process to reflect on how, in operative terms, the Piedmontese and national devotional realities (focusing particularly on the “minor” sites) can be transformed into places of reference to be visited not only by the faithful, to whom they are already well known, nor limited to their traditional area of attraction, but instead open to all those who wish to discover (or re-discover from another point of view), through the oldest and most efficient method which is travel, these places of faith and spirituality. This itinerary would, by definition, be flanked by the acquisition of more detailed knowledge about the territories surrounding these sites, which are often closely linked and provide the historical motives for the development of these places of worship.