iHERITAGE ICT Mediterranean platform for UNESCO cultural heritage

About iHeritage

iHERITAGE ICT Mediterranean platform for UNESCO cultural heritage is a strategic project 90% co-financed by the ENI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme of the European Union. The total budget of the project is € 3.874.287,06. iHERITAGE involves 10 partners from 6 Mediterranean countries: Egypt, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Portugal, and Spain.
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Visualizing the archaeological finds exhibited in museums in the original context; recreating the architectural and urban environment of art venues; reconstructing the historical and archaeological context of sites with restored finds; participating in the reconstruction of excavations; living scenes of life and costumes of the past; activating a space-time elevator allowing us to observe the changes of cultural sites over time. These actions are just an example of the innovative solutions carried out by iHERITAGE: ICT Mediterranean platform for UNESCO cultural heritage.

From the creation of the first Register of Intangible Cultural Heritage of the Mediterranean basin, to AR/VR audio-video guides – that will give access to 3D reconstructions, accessible cross media on PC, smartphone, tablet, and AR glasses. From the ARcheo Cinema – that will let the user “live” the famous scenes of the movies shot inside the archaeological site of Petra in AR – to the SPACE-TIME ELEVATOR – an installation that leads you in a virtual lift moving through space and time. Over 70 innovative products will be co-created, prototyped, tested, and commercialised within the Living Labs activated by the project.

Main roles of the Network of Castles and Medieval Town in iHERITAGE

Provide technical knowledge and skills related to the development of all technological products of the project that use augmented and virtual reality (AR and VR) by activating free online training courses, aimed also at enhancing entrepreneurial skills and territorial development.


Coordinate the development of innovative AR/VR products at project level.


Development of AR products enhancing the Mediterranean Diet.

Coordinating actions for the establishment of CRESPIEM: Regional Centre for the Safeguarding and Valorisation of Euromediterranean Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Foster a Mediterranean collaboration in the field of safeguarding and enhancing the intangible cultural heritage, including the creation of the Register of Intangible Heritage of Mediterranean countries (REIM).

Direct iART, an international dgital art festival.

Main roles of the University of Palermo – Department of Architecture in iHERITAGE

Qualify and improve the level of information, communication and use of the «Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedrals of Cefalù and Monreale» and others Norman artefacts (both buildings, pieces of arts and the underground water pipes -qanāt-) not included in the World Heritage List yet


Conduct analysis, research and development of contents with the support of SMEs and Educational Institutions for the creation of innovative products

Develop virtual architectural reconstructions of monuments and sites and holographic representations of objects and artifacts

Maximize the involvement of public and researchers and students, through augmented and immersive experiences fostering accessibility and promoting a more inclusive society

Main roles of the Sicilian Region – Department of Tourism, lead beneficiary of iHERITAGE

Coordinate partners’ activities and projects outputs


Foster Public-Private Partnerships activating public institutions and industry-academia collaboration

Development of augmented guided tours and of virtual museums on selected UNESCO sites in Sicily.

Funding innovative start-ups and spin-offs, for an amount equal to 50,000 euros

“The 2014-2020 ENI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme is a multilateral Cross-Border Cooperation (CBC) initiative funded by the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI). The Programme objective is to foster fair, equitable and sustainable economic, social, and territorial development, which may advance cross-border integration and valorise participating countries’ territories and values. The following 13 countries participate in the Programme: Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Palestine, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia. The Managing Authority (MA) is the Autonomous Region of Sardinia (Italy)”.

Khaled ElSaadany, Joint Technical Secretariat (JTS) | ENI CBC MED Programme

“iHERITAGE will show us the Mediterranean UNESCO heritage as we have never seen it. Dozens of new AR/VR/MR technological solutions will open the way for an unprecedented and democratic relationship with oral traditions, cultural heritage, and archaeology, revealing forms, contexts and contents that would otherwise be invisible and reserved only for insiders. The project will also support the creative industry and innovative start-ups in six Mediterranean countries, thanks to funding intended to create new augmented and virtual contents in our leading sectors: culture and tourism. The set of innovative technologies and a cultural heritage of global significance are the basis of a new generation of experiences that gives strength to our great global digital challenge, where the past predict a promising future”.

Lucio Tambuzzo, creator of the project

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Sicilian Region – Department of Tourism, Italy, Sicily (Lead Beneficiary)
Confederation of Egyptian European Business Associations, Egypt, Al Iskandanyah
Association of the Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Spain, Cataluña
Jordan Society for Scientific Research, Entrepreneurship, and Creativity, Jordan, Amman
General Department of Antiquities of Jordan, Jordan
Lebanese Partner
University of Algarve, Portugal, Algarve
Andalusian Public Foundation El Legado Andalusí, Spain, Andalucía
University of Palermo – Department of Architecture, Italy, Sicily

This document has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union under the ENI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme. The contents of this document are the sole responsibility of Network of Castles and Medieval Towns and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union or the Programme management structures.

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