(by Massimo Lomonaco)

TEL AVIV – Safeguarding cultural heritage ”is a priority for Italy”, Italian ambassador to Israel Francesco Maria Talò said, presenting last night at the Cinematheque in Tel Aviv a film by Tommaso Santi, ‘Restaurare il cielo’, or renovating the sky.

The film talks about renovation work on the Church of the Nativity by a top firm, Piacenti S.p.a. based in Prato.

Organized by the Italian cultural institute in Tel Aviv, directed by Massimo Sarti, the screening (in cooperation with the city’s film library) showed to the Israeli publish – which usually cannot go to Bethlehem in the West Bank – the various phases of the job.

Company president Giammarco Piacenti called it an incredible restoration carried out by Italian experts in one of the most important sites of Christianity. Piacenti’s story starts with craftsmanship to become entrepreneurial spirit able to complete at an international level with large groups.

The ongoing renovation work represents more than technological knowledge but also requires the ability to manage complex work in a difficult region.

”Italy – explained Talò – has protected cultural heritage in Iraq, in Afghanistan and is ready to do it wherever there will be an occasion. The creation of Italian task force ‘Unite4Heritage’, the blue helmets of culture, is no coincidence”.

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