(By Daniela Giammusso) (ANSA) – ROME, OCTOBER 30 – It was August 24, 2016, when, on a summer night, Italy found itself broken in two by the earthquake. It was the first of a long series of shocks, which until January 18 would have counted 303 victims and 41,000 displaced persons in Umbria, Lazio, Marche and Abruzzo. The peak, on a Sunday morning, October 30, 2016, exactly five years ago. A fury that in five months has destroyed and damaged factories and homes, but also 5,000 buildings of cultural interest, with over 20,000 movable assets to “save”.
Their fate – also in light of the recent announcement by Commissioner Giovanni Legnini that the reconstruction process will end only in 2031 – and what has been done in recent years for their recovery was discussed in the new Ansa Incontra, created by ANSA in collaboration with ALES and dedicated to “The Art Bonus for the restoration of assets damaged by the 2016 earthquake in central Italy”, streaming on Ansa.it. A meeting, moderated by the editor-in-chief of the ANSA culture editorial staff Elisabetta Stefanelli, also to take stock of the tax law with 65% tax credit introduced in 2014 which in Italy is changing the culture of donation in favor of heritage.
“It was a devastating earthquake – recalls Paolo Iannelli, special superintendent for the areas hit by the 2016 earthquake – The spread of the damage immediately imposed different strategies, starting with the creation of an ad hoc superintendency. It was clear to everyone that the times for reconstruction would have been long and that it was necessary to save all those movable assets “remained” prisoners “of collapses and rubble”. And it is precisely in the emergency that the Art Bonus has become even more a way to help concretely. “To date – says the president and CEO of Ales Spa, Mario De Simoni – we raised over 600 million euros and donations did not stop even during the pandemic. In all, we have over 2,100 beneficiaries, 24,000 patrons of which more than 15,000 are individuals. We have 4,600 projects, of which 2,000 have already closed “. Many, but, De Simoni urges,” I think it is time to launch an appeal to companies from all over Italy to intervene with the Art Bonus to help seismic areas “. (ANSA ).
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