A new management model that starts from the "bottom"

The Archaeological Park of the Campi Flegrei/Phlegraean Fields with the ATS (Temporary Association) StraMirabilis: The first partnership between public and private (institution).

A new vision of cultural heritage management is being tested for the first time in Italy. It provides for "special forms of partnership" between public bodies and private entities.

The pioneer of this innovative enhancement strategy is the Campi Flegrei Archaeological Park.

The Park has identified, through the involvement of the local cultural players, private partners to entrust with the management of the Piscina Mirabilis, to encourage the usability of the great historical-archaeological heritage.

In 2020 the ATS StraMirabilis was born with the aim of establishing a public-private synergy heralding future collaborations and experiments in the "common good”.

It is to bring together the different experiences and the multiple skills developed by three partners, in a single action for the promotion of the largest ancient Roman cistern in Italy and located in the ancient Bauli.

StraMirabilis is a temporary association composed by three non-profit organizations:

  • The 'Cultural Association "Misenum", present for years in the area of Bacoli and Miseno, promotes excursions and guided tours to discover the main archaeological sites that characterize the history of Campi Flegrei;
  • The social cooperative Tre Foglie was born in Bacoli as part of the "Cerillo Park - Oasis of Environment & Culture" project, for the promotion and public usability of the Villa Cerillo Park, a common good with an inestimable environmental and cultural value that today represents the symbol of rebirth of the town of Bacoli;
  • Coop4Art, a consortium of Social Cooperatives, is made of different cooperatives including “La Paranza” Onlus Cooperativa Sociale founded in 2006 with the aim of creating employement opportunities through the enhancement of the cultural heritage present in the Rione Sanità of Naples. La Paranza, through the management of the Catacombs of Naples, has generated a real “buttom-up” model,potentially exportable and replicable in another contex.

The main goal of our project is to make the Piscina Mirabilis the center of a renewed cultural commitment that aims to introduce an “alternative” model of cultural heritage management.

A model that gives small and medium-sized social enterprises the opportunity to be the main actors and the real protagonists of the process of cultural, economic and social regeneration of their own territory.