Very well done to everybody for making our Biennial Conference in Vicenza such a fantastic event.
It was a unique opportunity to discuss how to further enhance the protection of religious heritage, promote pilgrimage and religious and cultural tourism in Europe and beyond. 134 people from all over Europe attended the conference, which was held under the patronage of the Ministery of Culture of Italy.
We would like to acknowledge the invaluable support of the Istituto Santa Maria Monte Berico, without whom the event would have not been possible. A big thank you also to the Mayor of Verona, Flavio Tosi, to the Deputy mayor of Vicenza, Mr Jacopo Bulgarini d'Elci, to the Italian Exhibition Group, and to Confartigianato Vicenza, who welcomed us warmly.
Key highlights of the Conference included contributions from Alessandro Scafi (Warburg Istitute), Walter Zampieri (European Commission) and Luisella Pavan-Woolfe (Council of Europe). We are also deeply honored that both the Cardinal Beniamino Stella and the Dean of the Santiago the Compostela Cathedral spoke at our Conference. Last but not least, our grateful thanks also to all our other speakers for their inspiring mini presentations.
We also hosted a fruitful Annual meeting and a stimulating Europetour project meeting.
During our stay In Vicenza we visited the Basilica Palladiana, which is even more impressive when it is lit up at night. We also visited the Venetian Ghetto and its stunning synagogues. We also had the opportunity to attend the major exhibition called “Venice, the Jews and Europe: 1516 to 2016” at the Ducal Palace.
In Verona we visited the Bibliotheca Capitularis Veronensis and the magnificent Cathedral. Santa Maria Matricolare is among Verona's oldest places of worship, and the one that perhaps gives the most vivid impression of the Romanesque style.
A survey was conducted by the FRH office after the Conference to collect delegates' views and comments. The most popular sites were the Basilica Palladiana by night, the Biblioteca Capitolare in Verona and the Venetian Ghetto.