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Second Edition
In its first edition the Devotional and Cultural Itineraries Tourism Exchange, which was held at the Sanctuary and Sacro Monte of Oropa from Thursday 23 to Sunday 26 June 2005, emphasized the link between devotional sites and landscape including visits to the Sacri Monti of Varallo and Orta, and it was characterized by the contemporary staging of the Passione di Sordevolo, an extraordinary successful mystery play performed every five years by the “Associazione Teatro Popolare di Sordevolo”.
For the SECOND EDITION, in the wake of the resounding success of “Olympic Turin”, which confirmed the inclusion of Turin and Piedmont on the international cultural circuits, it was felt appropriate to propose an itinerary for the reserved Educational tour aimed at enhancing Piedmontese devotional sites by linking them with other regional sites of historic, cultural and artistic excellence, as indicated by the theme: “Turin: Places of Worship, History and Art”.
In developing this theme, we will elaborate and put forward a model of integration between two different realities, devotional sites and historical-artistic sites, which is clearly of strategic importance in reference to Piedmont as a whole, but could also be “exported”, with the appropriate adaptations, to other Italian regions.
For the occasion, a co-marketing agreement has been launched between the Devotional and Cultural Itineraries Tourism Exchange - which aims to become a BIENNAL appointment for institutions and operators in the devotional and cultural tourism sector - and the renowned event Arts and Events - 100 Italian Cities tourism exchange (Borsa del Turismo delle 100 Città d’Arte d'Italia). This collaboration will strengthen both initiatives and the renown of the places where they are held. It also meets the need to rationalise resources and energies, unifying and positioning the two events in the densely packed calendar of events for tourism markets and workshops in Italy.
The collaboration launched during the first edition of the Exchange (2005) with the European Association of Vie Francigene is also regarded as being strategically important, and it is hoped that the Association will again hold its annual meeting at the Exchange.