Paganiniana Festival

Cultural tools to activate niche tourism.

Identification of a cultural tool to activate flows interested in niche tourism, sensitive to environmental protection.

The project devised and implemented by Armes Progetti, through the investigation of the relationship between art music and scientific disciplines, sought to graft a sort of virtuous path in order to succeed in enhancing the cultural specificities of a territory, such as Varese ligure (La Spezia), which is extremely receptive to hosting processes linked to musical creativity.

Although the project is an autonomous initiative, it is intended to strengthen the strategic cultural brand of the Val di Vara, as it is complementary to two other events such as the ‘Luoghi della Musica’ and the ‘Festival Paganiniano di Carro’.

These events, now consolidated over the years, have contributed to endowing the Province of La Spezia with cultural infrastructures capable of offering repeatable events of great appeal.

The aim of the project is to strengthen the identity and sense of cultural belonging of the entire local community, creating social and educational as well as economic induced activities.

The place


Varese Ligure

The village is located in the heart of the Upper Vara Valley, known as the ‘Organic Valley’. There are more than 40 farms that merge their farming activities into local cooperatives for the production of organic meat and cheese.

Varese was the first Italian municipality to obtain environmental certifications (ISO 14001 and EMAS) and in 2004 was awarded by the European Union as the best rural community.



Varese ligure


19-20 September 2009