The Euro-Mediterranean Federation of “Le Vie Aleremiche, Normanno-Sveve” is born

We are experiencing a complex historical phase, characterized by a great socio-economic upheaval: a period of fear, and anxiety, in which culture can become a valid stimulus and an opportunity for growth.

For this reason, the project “Le Vie Aleramiche, Normanno-Sveve” remains active and vital. Thanks to the enthusiastic work of its creator and promoter Fabrizio Di Salvo, together with the President of the UNESCO Club of Piazza Armerina, Anna Maria Di Rosa Placa, the project continues to evolve in creating a tourist itinerary, now of European dimensions.

This move is supported by the Euro-Mediterranean Federation. All active actors in the past three years, a composite reality of Associations, Municipalities, Universities and, above all, the members of the Scientific Committee including the professional and working experiences of each, were incorporated.

The goal was to create a perspective linked to the migratory flows of the medieval populations of the Mediterranean area (which the Greeks called Europe), in particular during the Byzantine period. This entails bringing together many European sites with a common medieval history. It is to this purpose that Fabrizio Di Salvo travelled a lot in the last two years from Swabia in Germany, to Istanbul, to Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, and Thessaloniki in Greece, and several meetings with eminent academics including professor Henri Bresc of the University of Paris, who in one of his interviews alludes to the importance of a broader European ‘breath’ vision.

A new joint venture concerns the union of territories united by the same historical events. Following the visit to the wonderful Tancredi Museum in Hauteville-la-Guichar and the kind support of Mayor Guy Fossard and his administration for the filming of the documentary “Aleramici in Sicilia”. A collaboration was born which soon became a friendship, sealed shortly after a triple twinning between the Norman town, from which the Tancredi d’Altavilla

family comes with their descendants present not only in Sicily but also in Monferrato, Sezzadio in Piedmont where Aleramo was born, the progenitor of Adelaide del Vasto, wife of the great Count Ruggero I d’Altavilla, mother of the first King of Sicily Roger II and great-grandmother of Frederick II of Swabia, the Stupor Mundi.

The theme was explored in Sezzadio, in Monferrato, during the filming of the documentary, with Mayor Daniele Enzo, the delegate of the local FAI Annamaria Gobello, and the actor Walter Siccardi, in order to start a process of rapprochement determined not only by the historical aspects, but also cultural, tourist, and food and wine.

The twinning cannot exclude another Sicilian town, Troina, linked to the history of the Normans that are already twinned since 1993 with Hauteville-la-Guichard and Countances.

The Mayor of Troina, Fabio Venezia, showed great interest in the opportunity to create a historical-cultural triangulation between Normandy, Piedmont, and Sicily, reconstructing a fascinating puzzle of the millenary history of Europe: a first step to keep alive, even in this moment of emergency, the sense of union between people and lands, distant only on paper.