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Salemi 2012
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 23:02

Salemi 2012 update.

Ciao, you maybe new here or re-visiting...and as a lot of you faithful followers have been asking for updates on the Salemi regeneration project in Sicily, Italy, which offers some of the historic town centre properties at the nominal value of 1 you a first time visitor or simply looking for recent news it is an appropriate time to give an update....further to very recent developments.

Salemi bread festivalBack in the summer of 2008, the newly elected mayor of Salemi launched an adventurous regeneration project. Some history....The historic town centre of Salemi, devastated by an earthquake over 40 years ago had been pretty much abandoned. Many of the houses left as ruins. Local residents moved out to the Salemi new town and further afield and the old town centre became a ghost town. Slowly but surely some good hearted locals had renovated some of the historic palaces and old town houses on the narrow cobbled lanes of this hilltop town and life commenced to return to the picturesque old town centre.

Then one day, now over 4 years ago, a famous Italian TV art critic personality appeared as the new mayor, a very radical change for a traditional Sicilian town. He offered lots of new initiatives, from art & literature appreciation, regeneration, youth employment, local culinary awareness, historic values, debate, tourism, religion, museums and his internationally famous 1 euro house regeneration project. The latter an ingenious idea in that the local inward investment had reached its maximum but there was still a lot more to do to the old town to make it a true historic Mecca. So he decided to offer some of the old ruins at the nominal value of 1 euro to encourage international inward investment.

Since that day till now the 1 euro house regeneration project of Salemi continues. Yes admittedly there have been many administrative mountains to climb, in fact to date no one has had the chance to actually acquire one of these properties, but most of the preparation of the project is finally been concluded.

Over the past few years many people from all regions of the globe have been attracted to Salemi. It offers a unique beauty that only by visiting and staying here can be appreciated. The historic town centre is dominated by the Norman castle, numerous churches, cobbled narrow streets, local stone buildings, traditional architecture, charming squares, breath taking views across the valleys towards the seaside and most of all.....the genuine warm & hospitable locals, whom open their doors & hearts to welcome visitors.

Salemi was the first capital of Italy in 1860, if only for a few days. Here in Salemi, Garibaldi, from the town hall balcony in Piazza Dittatura, declared a united Italy on May 14th 1860. Sicily dominated by many conquerors, over the centuries, have left their mark on Salemi, with global religions having their dedicated quarters of the old town, the Muslim, the Jewish and the Christian quarters, all living in harmony. In fact only recently has a project to build a mosque been discussed between the town’s administration and Qatar.

Salemi is undergoing many changes both socially and culturally. Cultural changes in Sicily often imply understanding and dealing with the old boy’s school & local business network, often referred to as the mafia. In fact the modern mayor has had a few issues with the so called mafia, but he showed them appreciation by creating a Mafia museum. An international, modern and challenging museum located in the old Jesuit’s buildings in the centre of Salemi.

For better or worse the current mayor after having completed many of his projects has decided to move on to pastures new and will be leaving prior to been able to see his visionary 1 euro house regeneration project start to become a reality.

Only time will now tell, when and if, the project will materialise the ex-mayor’s futuristic vision of a regenerated historic multi cultural Sicilian town.

I hope it will happen soon.

p.s. this is not the first time the mayor has threatened to leave, so who knows.... he may still be here in the future to make the town “an offer it cannot refuse”.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 09 February 2012 08:40 )
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Tuesday, 29 November 2011 10:54
Oliviero Toscani continues to talk about Salemi. There was a flash rush of visitors to this blog over the weekend. Looking at search terms and visitors locations, it appears Germans have been searching for "Salemi Toscani" implying there has been a TV or Newspaper article in the German press. Did you see anything ? Can anyone out there send me a link to such article please about Salemi-Toscani
Salemi 1 euro house update
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Tuesday, 07 September 2010 17:58

Its been a long time since we have been writing about Salemi and the regeneration project of the town via offering the derelict ruins at 1 euro to the world. Over this period MIPC has registered over 2000 interested parties in puchasing a property and restoring the house to its original state to make Salemi a success.

You will all be happy to know that the Salemi council is finally getting ready to allocate the 1 euro properties. When the information is made public you will be amongst the first to find out. Register to this site to receive the latest updates or watch this blog via RSS.

Salemi Jazz
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Saturday, 02 October 2010 16:59

Salemi Jazz

An evening of Jazz in the Salemi Norman Castle tonight the 2nd October.  Vittorio Sgarbi after involving numerous organisations in his search for a tribute to Tony Scott, tonight presents a single evening of music with “Salemi Jazz a tribute to Tony Scott”. Monica Sciacca, vocal (Tony’s daughter) in a due with Salvatore Bonafede on the piano. Followed by Trio of Don Byron (Clarinet, Sax), Fabrizio Pugliesi (piano) and Tommaso Capellato (Drums).

Starting at 9pm, entrance 3 euros. Where ? In Salemi castle.

 Salemi JAzz

Last Updated ( Saturday, 02 October 2010 17:11 )
Salemi Piazza Alice LIVE
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Tuesday, 11 May 2010 16:06

Today the Italian head of State, President Napolitano visited Salemi to celebrate the 150 years celebrations of Italy.

We transmitted live on the interent the main square Piazza Alice. You can view some of the videos here at LIVESTREAM


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