Adriatic Fortresses and Military Areas

Priority and Measure
Measure 2.2 - Natural and cultural resource management and prevention of natural and technological risks
Priority 2 - Natural and cultural resources and risk prevention
EUSAIR Pillars
Sustainable tourism, environmental quality
Type of Project
Alessandra Valerio
Interviewee role
International Project Unit
Veneto Region - International Relations Dept.
+39 041 2794378
Project website
Budget in euros


Role Name City Country Contact Person Email /website
Lead Partner City of Venice  – Sezione Relazioni Internazionali Venezia Italy Alessandra Valerio
Partner 1 City of Pula – Department of Urban Planning Pula Croatia Lorena Dropulić Iva Pamić /  
Partner 2 City of Venice - Settore Sviluppo Economico, Politiche Comunitarie e Piano Strategico San Marco Venezia Italy Silvia Comiati Chiara Tenderini
Partner 3 City of Ravenna - Servizio Turismo ed Attività Culturali Ravenna Italy Barbara Morigi  
Partner 4 Municipality of Kotor Kotor Montenegro Nadja Miranovic
Partner 5 Juraj Dobrila University of Pula - International Research Office Pula Croatia Sanja Biberic  
Partner 6 Municipality of Corfu Kerkyra Greece Effie Koulouri  
Partner 7 Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Tirana Tirana Albania Klotilda Binjaku /  
Partner 8 Ministry of Culture of Albania   Tirana Albania Adela Cafuli
Partner 9 Puglia Region - Coordinamento delle Politiche Internazionali, Sezione Cooperazione Territoriale Bari   Italy Fausto Savoia
Partner 10 Municipality of Piran   Pirano Slovenia Jasna Softic  
Partner 11 Ca’ Foscari University of Venice – Department of Economics Venezia Italy Nicola Camatti  

Project Description


Project description

Adrifort aims at creating a new model of Governance of coastal social and cultural heritage, through the involvement of private investors, and a network of authorities able to manage the fortified heritage, by turning the activity into a tool of economic development of surrounding areas. The project is based on capacity building, and it focuses on the development of a common operative method able to support institutions in the management of the reuse of Adriatic fortress heritage, a strategic asset for the development of the whole area.

What has been done during the project in order to achieve its main goal(s)?

Adrifort strengthened the ability of the participating institutions, facing the most common critical issues in the field of heritage management and sharing effective solutions raised from their experiences. The results of that best practices’ exchanging activity are the basis of a common pattern to develop activities in the context of promotion and re-use of Adriatic cultural heritage.

Adrifort partnership recognized the value of cross-border cooperation as the most appropriate tool to highlight to a widest public the importance of preservation and sustainable re-use of cultural heritage. Cross-border cooperation also allowed the partners to put all the different local situations into a new perspective and to overcome crucial administrative and legislative issues at any level (state, regional or municipal), thanks to a mutual knowledge exchange.

Adrifort network included a series of working tools open to everyone for a real European shared knowledge: a map of Adriatic Fortresses, a virtual laboratory, a cross border documentation center, many territorial workshops, web site and periodical newsletters.

Which are the project main results/impacts?

Results/Impact 1

Promoting of a vigorous joint action: to spread largest interest for this specific typology of cultural heritage, organize synergic initiatives, achieve greater credibility, promote cross-border planning of a common good, exchange of knowledge and expertise.

Results/Impact 2

Adrifort partnership achieved a balanced mix of different levels of government able to enrich the multilevel-governance, involve other relevant institutions and private parties,  ensure the transformation of the outputs and of the results in operative terms in the short and long period.

Results/Impact 3

Main deliverables of the project: Consolidation of a Multi-Level Governance for the conservation and management of the “cultural and environmental fortified” heritage. Innovative socioeconomic re-use of the specific “cultural and environmental heritage of military fortresses”. Overcoming the budget constraints. Fine guidelines on multilevel governance of fortress heritage. Online platform for sharing data and socio-economic-territorial potential of the Adriatic Fortified System. Multi-criteria Evaluation Tools; Investment Opportunity Portfolio (IOP). Improving the attitude of the institutions to manage the fortified cultural heritage within the Adriatic area the IT platform, the tools for analysis and identification of heritage fortified potential, and finally, the tools for the multi-criteria analysis.

Results/Impact 4

An important achievement is the raising of awareness among local institutions, through pilot actions for an innovative re-use of fortresses, because those cultural assets can be key factors for a sustainable development in Southern Europe. The pilot actions involved the Piran City Walls (Slovenia), the Castle of Gallipoli (Italy), Rocca Brancaleone in Ravenna (Italy), the Old Town of Corfu (Greece), Forte Marghera, located at the junction between Venice and Mestre (Italy), Trojica Fort (Montenegro) and the Castle of Lezha (Albania).