Guided tours discovering Alessandrino, Centocelle and Torre Spaccata districts' cultural heritage
A participatory process is a sequence of participatory activities (e.g. first filling out a survey, then making proposals, discussing them in face-to-face or virtual meetings, and finally prioritizing them) with the aim of defining and making a decision on a specific topic.
Examples of participatory processes are: a process of electing committee members (where candidatures are first presented, then debated and finally a candidacy is chosen), participatory budgets (where proposals are made, valued economically and voted on with the money available), a strategic planning process, the collaborative drafting of a regulation or norm, the design of an urban space or the production of a public policy plan.
At spring outbreak the Collaboratory supports heritage walks and tours organised in cooperation with CooperACTiva and other local associations to promote and disseminate Alessandrino, Centocelle and Torre Spaccata districts' cultural heritage.
The cycle of walks was opened on May 8th with a visit to discover the Centocelle Archaeological Park, retracing the sites of the excavations together with the archaeologist Patrizia Gioia and the naturalist Antonio Citti. The route led participants on foot up to the Pratone of Torre Spaccata. Experts and local guides then accompanied participants on a discovery of the Alessandrino district, including archaeology, contemporary architecture, public parks and the stories of its inhabitants, in the heart of what 100 years ago was described as a small hamlet scattered across the Roman countryside.
The ACT district is today a district with a perceptible spirit of identity, rooted in the past, but also with strong potential for the future. Visitors enjoyed the wonders of the Palatucci Park with its wide variety of plants, the Acquedotto Alessandrino, the last of the Roman aqueducts, with its large arches, and the Church of God the Merciful Father (also known as the Jubilee Church or Dives in Misericordia), built from 2001 to 2003 by the famous American architect Richard Meier.
The cycle of walks has just begun! Further meetings and open-air walks through the cultural beauties of the district are planned throughout the whole spring-summertime.