Parchi Val di Cornia was established on 18 July 1993 by the Municipalities of Piombino, Campiglia Marittima, San Vincenzo, Suvereto and Sassetta along with other private partners, pursuant to article 22 of Italian law 142/1990 (now “Consolidated text governing local authorities, legislative decree no. 267/2000) as a mixed private-public ownership company, with the constraint of the prevalence of public capital.
In 2007, following an amendment to the existing law (Legislative Decree 42/2004, article 115), the company was forced to transform its set up into an entirely public shareholder structure.
The Company’s mission is to:
- plan and implement actions to promote cultural and environmental resources;
- manage the services offered to the public in an integrated way.
How the company operates
In Parchi Val di Cornia Spa, business and economic aspects go hand in hand with the protection of the environmental and historical heritage. An innovative project that, levering the cultural and tourism business, has transformed the traditional industrial and metal-working vocation of Val di Cornia, located in the southern part of the province of Livorno, and has recorded a significant increase in the tourist footfall over the last 10 years.
The company operates in a networked system, that integrates cultural and tourist services: archaeological and nature parks, museums, documentation services, hostels, holiday homes, bathing establishments, commercial services and HORECA. Every park has its own visitor centre, refreshment point and spaces for educational activities and workshops.
An innovative model for managing and using cultural resources
The long-standing experience of Parchi della Val di Cornia Spa represents a successful example of the management of cultural resources, starting from the planning of the territory through to the results achieved as a cultural enterprise in the territory of Val di Cornia.
Italian standard-bearer at the first edition of the Landscape Award 2009, since 2008 the Park system has also received the important “Blue Flag” for the Sterpaia coastal park.