The FAME ROAD project
is here to maximize cooperation and mutual benefits for all destinations involved. Partnership in tourism, is a win-win situation. Several success stories through INTERREG have demonstrated that by exchanging knowledge and best practices, and by working together, we can make big steps for bringing positive impact, and even transforming destinations says in her speech MPM Elena Kountoura. https://youtu.be/Z03X6krjd2o
Agialeia is a place which combines Culture, History, natural landscapes, culinarians’ experiences, secret hiking paths, crystal clear waters, religion monuments and many other interesting activities.
The Municipality of Aegialia is a municipality of the Region of Western Greece that was established under the Kallikratis Program from the amalgamation of the pre-existing municipalities of Aegira, Aigio, Akrata, Diakopto, Erineo and Sympolitia. The municipality occupies the northeastern and part of the eastern part of Achaia. The boundaries of this municipality include all of the former Province of Aegialia, a small part of the former Province of Kalavryta, as well as a small part of the former Province of Patras. The area of the municipality is 729.42 sq.km. and its population amounts to 49,872 inhabitants according to the 2011 census. Apostolos TZITZIKOSTAS · Governor of Central Macedonia Region/ Former President of the European Committee of the Regions and his speech about the Interreg Greece Italy FAME ROAD program.
FOOD ART MOVE ENERGY are the main pillars to empower this potential opportunity to know Agialeia paradise better. Culinary culture is one of the highest mechanisms of cultural diplomacy. Through the gustatory emotional experience, innovative actions are created that strengthen the “nation brand of the country” and the locality family enterprises and strengthen its extroverted multifarious activities. Contemporary culinary diplomacy is faced with fundamental changes that it is called to face as the new special challenges or trends of culinary becoming: The conditions, the techniques of development, are constantly reshaped, especially after the “necessary” transition to the new social perception of the post-corona digital seasonal period.
One of the most beautiful sights in Gravina in Puglia is the “Madonna della Stella” bridge, an impressive structure with six arches, about 30 meters high and 90 meters long.
It was built probably during the second half of the 17th century to allow the crossing of the ancient Crapo, the Graving stream, and make it easier to reach the sanctuary of the Madonna della Stella, a sort of road that joined the city to its natural environment.
The bridge was heavily damaged during the 1722 earthquake. For this reason, the Orsini family ordered its reconstruction. It was equipped, on the highest parapet, with a water conduit to supply the two fountains placed at the ends of the bridge, with water from the spring of Sant’Angelo di Frassineto. From that time, the bridge is known as Ponte Viadotto.
As part of the Cross-Border FAME program, the Municipality of Agialeia organized a cross-border study visit to the region of Puglia. The purpose of the visit was the interaction of companies operating in the region of Agialeia with companies in Puglia in order to create opportunities for cooperation of an international dimension. Characteristically, the collaborating companies had the opportunity to consolidate fruitful collaborations, for the exchange of knowledge and experiences in the field of business, arts, crafts and the distinct culture of each region. The study visit took place in 2 municipalities of the Puglia region, the Municipality of Gravina, also in Puglia region and the municipality οf Grottaglie.
The first day that we have participated in the TTG Travel Experience fair in Rimini where we have shared, internationally, the potential that cooperation and the FAME Road model have brought to the municipalities involved in the project! The first day was full of experiences and new contacts with other places and stakeholders of tourism gave us the power to proceed our efforts on making each municipality a touristic destination 365 days per year.
The second floor of the Ettore Pomarici Santomasi Foundation hosts “Aristocracy and Myth”, an archaeological exhibition inaugurated in 1995, which shows some of the most valuable finds unearthed during excavations in the archaeological areas of Gravina in Puglia, particularly in the Botromagno site.
Through the artifacts, dated from the 7th to the 4th century BC, especially the small Proto Corinthian and Corinthian vases, it is easy to recognize the first contact with the Greek world, and the first signs of social diversity: fibulae, amber, ivory and silver jewelry.
For more details, click on the following link: https://fondazionesantomasi.it/en/archeological-exhibition/
On December 6th, the second part of the Study Visit Italy of the Interreg FAME Road project was held in Commune of Gravina in Puglia. Operators and representatives of the administrations of Agialeia, Commune Grottaglie and Gravina in Puglia strengthened the relationships of the FAME ROAD Network through two days of intense cultural and business activities.
Despite that we understand the importance of the eco entrepreneur ship, based on Circular business models. Becoming more circular in business is the next big leap that will see us move away from the linear model. According to circular economy principles products should be designed for reuse, repair and recycle. The competitiveness and sustainability of the tourism industry go hand-in-hand as the quality of tourist destinations is strongly influenced by their natural and cultural environment and their integration into the local community. There is also a possility for each FAME CITY to participate in a cluster of companies for future collaboration, like this Enterprises can be informed for all new trends about Circular Economy. Greek Export Association has made several webinars about the new EU green policy and all are welcome to participate and to get responsible information.
Long-term sustainability requires a balance between economic, socio-cultural, and environmental sustainability. The need to reconcile economic growth and sustainable development also has an ethical dimension. This exactly what FAME ROAD PROJECT aims to do, thematic products and services in areas such as environmentally friendly tourism including cycling routes sports and wellbeing tourism, nature tourism, and cultural exchange untouchable heritage exchange crossing Europe.
The Quality Network Oinoxenia (Δίκτυο Ποιότητας Οινοξένεια) welcomes the New Year with a small exhibition of the 2022 new wines, those made after September’s and October’s harvest on the slopes of Aigialia.
This concludes the experience that physically involved the protagonists of the FAME ROAD project, which still includes numerous activities with the goal of enhancing the value of the territories and the people who inhabit them. The general sense of urgency to address climate change is intensifying. For businesses, this means sustainability is no longer just a marketing bonus. Sustainable practices are table stakes to create long-term value and compete in the global economy.
FOOD and ART is a tool of soft cultural diplomacy with the aim of a coherent foreign strategic policy. Intangible cultural diplomacy combined with culinary tourism, as well as other alternative forms of it, are the guarantees for a healthy and strong, extroverted economy. This philosophy and marketing tendency can highlighting the manufacturing companies and on the legibility of the locality of the products through good labeling practices in accordance with the consumer safety protocols, traceability, GLOBAL GAP, FDA applicable in the EU , in America, Canada and Australia, mainly targeting the positive export sign.
The competitive advantage of our country is the international communication of gastronomy and especially the Mediterranean dietary standards. Agialeia has become known to the whole world for its amazing landscapes but also for its rich history and mythology.
In recent years, it has been an example of a destination that combines attractiveness with quality. Both the attractiveness aimed at visitors and the quality that concerns its residents were harmonized with the trends that emerged regarding the criteria for choosing a place either for holidays or for accommodation or for investments. And this is because it combines a notable investment destination, an ideal place for an eco-innovative business and alternative action, but also a beautiful place to live.
Three days ago ERFC me and my colleague, IT expert and Digital Manager, Mr. Marios Georgiadis we went to Aigialia to explore together all the beautiful and amazing landscapes and to take an interview from the Greek attendees. It was an unforgetable experience.
A key success factor was and remains that the Agialeia has a completely human-centric character, which is confirmed by the multitude of repeat visitors. So with people as the focus, we present the thematic fields of interest of the magnificent Aigialeia with the aim of making them the subject of a fruitful dialogue between citizens and visitors, within the framework of the FAME Road program. Here the Mayor of Aigialia is introdusing us a traditional handmade chatney called RODOSACHARI / a chatney which is beign made of roses.
the second part of the Study Visit Italy of the Interreg FAME Road project was held in Comune di Gravina in Puglia. Operators and representatives of the administrations of Aigialeia, Comune di Grottaglie and Gravina in Puglia strengthened the relationships of the FAME ROAD Network through two days of intense cultural and business activities. This concludes the experience that physically involved the protagonists of the FAME ROAD project, which still includes numerous activities with the goal of enhancing the value of the territories and the people who inhabit them.
In Greece, at war Museum of Athens Took place the exhibition “Art, Synod of Heaven and Earth” which was Under the auspices of: the Pontifical Council for Culture and the Diocese of Bari-Biton, the international Biennale of Bari, and the international events of Federico II and Vallisa Cultura, and had as its main purpose to strive cultural bonds with visual artists of both countries.
In parallel with the exhibition, the Interregional project FAME ROAD supported by the INTERREG GREECE ITALY program was presented at a special evening by the Institute: European Region Framework Cooperation, www.erfc.gr with the aim of partnerships in cultural projects, but also the artisan community had the opportunity to explore their participation in special programs of cultural extroversion and cooperation, in aim to empower of civil society. FAME ROAD saw the road to bring people together in a win to win interaction, targeted networking and culture synergy.
Because our main pursuit is interaction with ideas and dialogues that will contribute to a better and safer way of promoting Agialeia, Grottaglie, Gravina di Puglia and all other FAME CITIES to the Greek and foreign public. The F.A.M.E Road project aims at improving citizens’ quality of life, support local and traditional businesses to get back being competitive in the market, create integrated and modern touristic offers aiming at providing transformational experiences for different target tourists exploring naturalistic and cultural heritage, develop network of economic and institutional stakeholders who approve and share the F.A.M.E values, create the F.A.M.E brand to promote products and services offered by the members of the network.
As part of the FAME ROAD project, businesses from the food and arts sectors are invited to participate in a short film, regarding the promotion of Agialeia region as a tourist destination. We had the opportunity to meet the Mayor of Aigialeia, Mr. Dimitris Kalogeropoulos and ofcourse the Project Manager of the municipality of Aigialeia Ms Chrysoula Christia. She has guide us in the Hub of Aigialeia. We are so blessed, about the great Greek Aigialeian hospitality and all the support we have received. Something I will always gonna keep in mind is the taste of the local chatney Rodosachari Rosesugar .
The goal is business extroversion, networking and multi-level partnership, in the world of business and the arts with other countries – partners participating in the project. That will take place on 28th – 31th of March in Agialeia.
It is foremost about addressing the challenges actively and collectively for the twin green and digital transition, but with solutions eventually that promote sustainability in the long-term, as a mindset and a way of everyday life. Thematic tourism can truly help preserve local culture, history, heritage and boost local production and creativity, that are a strong foundation for sustainable and prosperous local communities, especially for the workforce, local producers, arts and craftspeople, small entrepreneurs, and overall, for both residents and visitors. Authentic travel experiences, such as ecotourism, wellness and well-being tourism, gastronomy, sports tourism and cultural tourism, create opportunities for new steady business and income. And combined with green energy, transportation and mobility, they can substantially act to the benefit of the environment, the economy and the society.
Final Doc- Film of the FAME Road Interreg Greece- Italy programm about Art.
In order to achieve more awarness about authentic life experiences the FAME road Interreg Greece-Italy programm has created the following netwoking web app where all the Steakeholders can promote their Associations, Enterprises and their services.