Mirabilia Network assosiation is extended to 17 Chambers of Commerce, in Matera the first shareholders’ meeting

The number of members of the “Mirabilia Network” association, established in December 2017, has risen to 17 “by Unioncamere Nazionale and by the 13 Chambers of Commerce that promote the places recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site”.

This is what was decided today in Matera – where the Mirabilia network project was born in 2010 – the first assembly of members of the association: the Chamber of Commerce of Benevento, Crotone, Messina and Eastern Sicily also joined Syracuse, Catania and Ragusa.

The new corporate composition includes Uniocamere Nazionale and the Chambers of Commerce of Bari, Benevento, Caserta, Crotone, Genoa, Matera, Messina, Molise, Pavia, Perugia, Potenza, Riviera di Liguria, Sassari, Eastern Sicily, Udine, Venezia Giulia and Verona. The meeting was attended by the General Secretary of the Italian Union of Chambers of Commerce, Giuseppe Tripoli: “The characteristic of Mirabilia – explained Tripoli – is to develop many sectors with balance. Tourism promotion generates an ecosystem between technological know-how and allows the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises in the cultural and creative sector, as well as tourism and food-processing. The tourism sector generates a chain of 250 billion euros per year. In Italy, we have 53 Unesco sites distributed in 18 regions, and 40% of the cultural and creative enterprises of the country are concentrated in the UNESCO sites “.

Finally, it was highlighted that “from a national network project, Mirabilia has opened up to Europe: relations with Spanish, Greek, Croatian, Bulgarian and Slovenian Chambers of Commerce are active, as well as with ten French Chambers of Commerce for a real development of a European network “.

Presentation of Mirabilia to “Italia, amore mio!” 2018 in Japan

Mirabilia- Italia Amore mio in Giappone

In the photo: Angelo Tortorelli, president of the Mirabilia Network association; Giorgio Starace, the Italian ambassador to Japan, Vito Signati, director at Cesp CCIA Matera; Tommaso D’Ercole, first Secretary of Economic Affairs Office of the Italian Embassy in Tokyo.

50,000 people attended “Italia, amore mio!” the event, which came to the third consecutive year and was organized by the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ICCJ)
A festival that held all lovers of Italy in Japanese territory with bated breath has growing year by year and aims to update the image of Italy in Japan.
This year’s edition saw the Unesco sites at the centre of tourism promotion thanks to Mirabilia, the association that unites 13 Chambers of Commerce throughout Italy, linked, in fact, to UNESCO sites still less known in our area.

” Italia, amore mio! It was born from the idea of telling a new Italy, made up of young people and values. An Italy that looks at life with love and elegance in all its aspects, from food to engines, travel and all the other sectors in which our country expresses its excellence “proudly declares Antony Strianese, president of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Japan.
An entertainment weekend for all ages will be also repeated in Nagoya and Osaka this year. In addition to the Italian Embassy in Japan that supported the initiative, 40 brand sponsors were also seen: from Lamborghini and Roger Dubuis as a platinum sponsor to golds like Barilla, Maserati, Ferrari, Matera 2019, Mirabilia European Network of Unesco Sites, Technogym to the silver as Alitalia, ColorWorks, University for Foreigners of Perugia to the many bronze, Aquaplannet, Bianchi, Biobalance, Birondo Giocondo, Decopa, Bar del Sole, Digiorgio Catering & Restaurant, Doi Farm, Elio Locanda, Foodliner Ltd., Gakken, Garde, Gioia , Glowbizstyle-Stainless, Gopremiere, Kokubu, Luce Co. Ltd, Magneti Marelli, Memos, Monte Bussan, Moto Guzzi, Nichifutsu Boeki, Nippon Liquor, OZ Japan, Refru (Romansilk), Risoli, Terre Paolini, Zoppini Firenze.

 

DORDOGNE: Dordogne, Périgord – Best of France!

PREHISTORIC SITES AND DECORATED CAVES OF THE VÈZÈRE VALLEY (UNESCO SITE SINCE 1979)

Situated in Nouvelle Aquitaine, in south-west France, to the east of Bordeaux, at the gateway to Occitanie, the Dordogne offers visitors a host of sensations and emotions. A favourite destination with food-lovers, this is a fascinating area with plenty to see and do at any time of year.

Beautiful buildings such as castles, manor houses and Romanesque churches are dotted around the countryside, providing a magnet for anyone interested in culture and heritage. It’s not by chance that Prehistoric Man chose to settle in the area 17,000 years ago. He left exceptional works of art to Humanity,
such as the cave paintings in Lascaux and the 15 prehistoric sites concentrated in the Vézère valley, which are now listed UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Our 10 listed villages, our medieval bastides and our three “Towns of Art and History” make the Dordogne one of the richest départements in France in terms of listed historical monuments. Today, this extraordinary heritage is showcased thanks to new tours and experiences available to the public. A visit to the new Centre International de l’Art Pariétal Montignac Lascaux is the best example of this, with its concentration of technology and modern design combining to take visitors back on a journey to the origins of human history.

The area also offers numerous festivals and events dedicated to music, mime, film and food throughout the year. Nature-lovers and outdoor activity enthusiasts are spoilt for choice in the Dordogne – choose from activities as diverse as canoeing, hiking and cycle touring to golf, climbing and fishing, as well as wakeboarding and pot-holing.

Bon voyage!

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PROPOSED ROUTE

Day 1

Arrival in the capital of Prehistory, Les Eyzies, and hotel check in. You will be welcomed by your English speaking local guide for a visit of the National Museum of Prehistory. You will now enter in the Human Valley classified at the UNESCO Heritage. Cocktail and welcome dinner at your hotel.

Day 2

Your day is devoted to the origins of the human species. You will first enjoy a private guided tour of Lascaux 4, the International center of art painting. A complete new replica retraces the discovery of the famo us decorated cave and you will use new technologies to enrich your tour.
Continue with a prehistoric culinary experience in the Vezere valley. Salmon smoked in clay under the ground, duck cooked on hot stones … The visit of the site includes ten remarkable rock shelters. After the visit, practice hunting with a spear. Enjoy a flint knapping and fire-making demonstration. After the visit, with prehistoric tools and a piece of stone you will learn how to sculpt like a Cro-Magnon.
End your day in the one of the oldest castle in Perigord: the Castle of Commarque. This prehistoric and medieval site is located in the forest between the Dordogne and the Vezere valley.
Experience a gastronomic dinner in a chateau dating from the 17th century.

Day 3

You will discover many treasures in the rich medieval city of Sarlat with a guided tour.
Continue your day with a cooking class. Within the comfort of its traditional architecture lives a warm, welcoming family that has lived within these walls for the last 7 generations. Serge will share his cooking with you. Learn about the French bread technique. Discover some delicious local pastries like walnut cake. After the cooking class, feast on all the products you’ve made with a huge buffet of local products. Continue to a truffle farm to try your hand at truffle hunting with a dog. Taste the truffle with a glass of wine?

End your day at the medieval castle of Beynac and a enjoy a guided tour of the chateau and view on the Dordogne valley…

Diner at your hotel

Day 4

Before your departure, enjoy breakfast at your hotel.

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Surroundings

The Vézère Valley is a site of exceptional interest with 147 prehistorical sites dating from the Palaeolithic Age and 25 painted caves.
The Dordogne is nicknamed “the land ofa thousand and one castles” dating from the Middle Age to the Renaissance and Classic Style. The Dordogne has as well 10 villages baosting the title of the “most beautiful villages in France” and it’s one of the most famous gastronomic place in France!

Main Connections

By plane:
– The Bergerac Dordogne Périgord Airport l h 20
– Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport 2 h OO
– Toulouse-Blagnac Airport 2 h 30

By train :
– Bordeaux- Perigueux 1 h 15
– Toulouse – Périgueux 3 h O0

Motorways :
A20 Paris-Limoges; R21 Lirnoges Périgueux
A89 Bordeaux Périgueux

CCI DORDOGNE
CHAMBRE DE COMMERCE ET D’lNDUSTRlE DE LA DORDOGNE
Tel: +33 (0)5 53 35 80 34
Email: p.siegler@dordogne.cci.fr
Web: www.dordogne.cci.fr

The French Network

Working in collaboration with Mirabilia, the Chambers of Commerce have created a network that comprises four UNESCO World Heritage Sites in France.

Following in the footsteps of its Italian experience, Mirabilia began its journey in pursuit of wonderful places to discover in France in 2015. Four Chambers of Commerce joined forces to tell the stories of places, food and extensive cultural heritage that is recognised or in the process of being recognised by UNESCO. (more…)

Places Mirabilia French Network of Unesco Sites

THE TARN: Albi, a city of splendours, history… And a gentle way o life

THE EPISCOPAL CITY OF ALBI (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE SINCE 2010) Albi, a city of splendours, of history …... and ...
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PYRÉNÉES – CIRCUE DE GAVARNE: The most famous cirque walls in the world: a cultural and natural heritage between France and Spain

PYRENEES - MOUNT PERDU (UNESCO – WORLD HERITAGE SITE SINCE 1997) Classed as a World Heritage Site by Unesco, Gavarnie ...
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GARD: NIMES the Roman – The gard and its many treasures. A soul steeped in history

PONT DU GARD (ROMAN AQUEDUCT) (UNESCO SITE SINCE 1985) NIMES (UNESCO CANDIDATE 2017) The Gard is an authentic and generous ...
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DORDOGNE: Dordogne, Périgord – Best of France!

PREHISTORIC SITES AND DECORATED CAVES OF THE VÈZÈRE VALLEY (UNESCO SITE SINCE 1979) Situated in Nouvelle Aquitaine, in south-west France, ...
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GARD: NIMES the Roman – The gard and its many treasures. A soul steeped in history

PONT DU GARD (ROMAN AQUEDUCT) (UNESCO SITE SINCE 1985)
NIMES (UNESCO CANDIDATE 2017)

The Gard is an authentic and generous region marked by significant historical events from prehistory to Roman and medieval times. A fragrant whiff of eternity, to be relished through remaínsand historical monuments…
Take some blue to paint the Mediterranean, a few touches of green and brown to delineate the close packed bushes of the garrigue, some ochre and beige for the stone houses of the villages – and you have a pretty good picture of the Gard. A crossroads between Provence, the Languedoc, the Cévennes and the Camargue, this département joyfully celebrates the accents of the Midi. The world of the Romans, elegantly offered by the Pont du Gard, designated UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985. This sublime achievement, reminds us how indeliblythe Romans left their mark on this region. Nimes was given an amphitheatre seating 24,000 and an imperial temple (the “Maison carré”), and became a centre that actively promoted the Roman lifestyle in Gaul. Nímes will be presented by France to the Committee
of the World Heritage of Unesco in 2018. After the fall of the Roman Empire, many important strongholds appeared in the Middle Ages.
These included Saint-Gilles – a stopping point for pilgrims on the road to Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle and a doorway to the Mediterranean, Aigues-Mortes, which Saint Louis turned into a major French port. Further north, the grey clouds of the Wars of Religion loomed overthe Cévennes.

Nature: along the paths of the Gard
Do you long for wide open spaces, cloudless horizons and intense moments in total communion with your surroundings? Then get your walking shoes and strike out from the main roads, so that you can really appreciate the pathways of the Gard… Whether in arid, schist-covered mountains, limestone garrigues fragrant with thyme or broad plains, you can ramble along the Winding scrubland paths ofthe Gard as the fancy takes you, enjoyíng a huge variety of landscapes,
sensations and colours.

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PROPOSED ROUTE

Day 1

Go on a four wheel drive safari in the Camargue, and see the ramparts of Aigues-Mortes, the salt mines, the local wildlife : black bulls, white horse and pink flamingos,…
Built in the 13th-century, the fortifications of Aigues-Mortes are a remarkably well preserved military structure. Guided visit of Saint-Gilles : one of the most important places for Christian pilgrimage in the twelfth century. Saint-Gilles is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 2

Visit of “Les Arènes de Nîmes, the best-preserved amphitheatre of the Roman world. Facing it, the Musée de la Romanité. A few steps further, superbly preserved, the Maison Carrée built in the first century AD
In the afternoon you will walk to the Jardins de la Fontaine laid out in the 18th century under Louis XV by J-P Mareschal and G. Dardalhon and climb at the top of the hill towards the Tour Magne.
This is the reason why, under the heading “Nîmes, antiquity in the present” the old city will be presented to the Committee of the World Heritage of Unesco in 2018.

Day 3

Guided visit of Uzès :This charming city is an architectural jewel that has been awarded the distinction of City of Art and History.
Visit the Pont du Gard : A true masterpiece of ancient architecture, the Pont du Gard aqueduct is one of the most beautiful Roman constructions in the region. UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985.
Bambouseraie in Cevennes : In this bamboo forest, the micro-climate was conducive to the growth of the first giant bamboos planted in 1856. Exotic park, unique in Europe, with plant maze, aquatic garden, Laotian village with characteristic Laotian bamboo constructions, Dragon Valley, a strolling garden which plays with mineral / plant alternatives where spring flowers and autumn colors play a major role.

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Surroundings

Mont Aigoual, Gorges du Gardon, the Duchy of Uzes, Cevennes National Park, wildlife reserve of Camargue.

Main Connections

By plane:
Marseille Provence airport (lh30),
Montpellier airport (45mn),
Nimes airport

By train :
Paris (3h),
Lyon (lh3O)

Motorways :
A54 (Marseille),
A9 (Lyon-Barcelone)

CCI GARD
CHAMBRE DE COMMERCE ET D’INDUSTRIE DU GARD
Tel: +33 (0)4 66 879 879
Email: n.rouviere@gard.cci.fr
Web: www.gard.cci.fr

PYRÉNÉES – CIRCUE DE GAVARNE: The most famous cirque walls in the world: a cultural and natural heritage between France and Spain

PYRENEES – MOUNT PERDU (UNESCO – WORLD HERITAGE SITE SINCE 1997)

Classed as a World Heritage Site by Unesco, Gavarnie is the most famous natural arena in the word. It is visited by over 1 milion visitors every year.
Nothing can prepare you for your first glimpse of the Cirque de Gavarnie. The wordsmith Victor Hugo described it as “the most mysterious building by the most mysterious architects; it’s the colosseum of nature : it’s Gavarnie”. An impressive natural amphitheatre of rare perfection. Gavarnie looks like pure invention nestled in the middle of the Pyrenees. It’s over 5km in diameter with 1500m high vertical walls, hundreds of waterfalls and a crown of peaks exceeding 3000m in altitude. Gavarnie may be the most spectacular and famous natural cirque but it’s not alone. Troumouse and Estaubé are a stone’s throw away and a feast for the eyes.

Gavarnie has very easy access. The view from Gavarnie village towards the cirque is fabulous, an easy path (2 hours return) leaves from the village towards the foot of the cirque.

Cirque de Troumouse: Troumouse is gigantic, a Goliath, even bigger than Gavarnie. The famous 18th century explorer Ramond de Carbonnières estimated it could hold 10 million people! Another curiosity is the rollong grasslands within the Cirque which are a favourite playground for marmots.

Cirque d’Estaubé: After a 2 hour walk one reach the Cirque. The area is famous for its superb variety of wild flowers.
The staggering cirques lie next to the Spanish canyons in Spain’s upper Aragon and together form the Gavarnie-Mount-Perdu site, a sacred mountain listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site and unique slice of the Pyrenees.

The great Canyon of Ordesa: Unique in Europe, the great canyon of Ordesa is a bit like a Pyrenean Colorado, with its Dantesque walls. Vertiginous cliffs, suspended cirques, aerial “fajãs”, sparkling waterfalls – Ordessa is the very expression of excess.

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PROPOSED ROUTE

Day 1

Why not follow millions of visitors from all over the world and explore Lourdes? There is no need to be a practicing catholic, or even a Christian – people come to see the Grotto, to touch the rocks, gather water from the springs, light a candle, and walk carrying a flaming torch. These rituals are as much pagan, superstitious or magic as they are religious. A unique personal experience that touches everyone.

Day 2

The journey continues and the most beautiful views in the Pyrenees are in store for today. Whether you are standing in front of the spectacular Gavarnie Cirque, which is a UNESCO world heritage site, crossing the passes of the Col d’Aspin or the Col du Tourmalet, or on board the cable car or at the top of the Pic du Midi, we guarantee views that will take your breath away.

Day 3

Today you are heading for Aragon on the Spanish side of the Pyrenees. Explore ‘Los Rios’, the stone villages and the gleaming Spanish sun. Go through the Aragnouet-Bielsa tunnel and the wild and magical Canyon d’Añisclo is all yours (Gavarnie – Mont-Perdu Unesco Site) . You can swim in the turquoise waters of the natural pools formed by the river before returning to the village of Ainsa, capital of Sobrarbe, with its fortified square.

Day 4

After your little Aragonese adventure, leavie the Spanish Pyrenees, which are devoid of Pyrenean mountain streams, to encounter one of the most beautiful lakeside views in the mountains. Take the Mountain Lakes Route to reach the Neouvielle National Nature Reserve. The day’s journey ends at Balnéa by the Lac de Génos-Loudenvielle, where you can bathe outdoors in naturally warm and soothing spring water, your eyes fixed on the peaks of the Pyrenees that reach an altitude of more than 3,000m.

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Surroundings

The Pic du Midi, The sanctuary of Lourdes, The natural reserve of Néouvielle, Cauterets – pont d’Espagne, 9 ski resorts, 8 spa centres for thermal baths, Vineyards of Madiran, Ordesa Canyon

Main Connections

By plane:
Pau-Pyrénées airport (105 km)
Tarbes-Lourdes-Pyrénées airport (60 km)
Toulouse Blagnac airport (220 km)

Motorways:
A 64 Toulouse – Bayonne
A 65 Bordeaux – Pau

Hautes-Pyrénées Tourisme Environnement
Anna FONTAN
Phone: +33 (0)5 62 56 70 06
E-Mail: anna.fontan@ha-py.fr
www.pyrenees-holiday.com
www.pyrenees-trip.uk