Italy

Italian Cultural Heritage legislation as at July 2010

 

State party to international instruments

1954 Hague Convention

1954 Hague Protocol

1999 Hague Protocol

9 May 1958

9 May 1958

10 July 2009

1970 Unesco Convention

1995 UNIDROIT Convention

2 October 1978

11 October 1999

1972 World Heritage Convention

23 June 1978

2001 Underwater Heritage Convention

8 January 2010

2003 Intangible Heritage Convention

30 October 2007

2005 Diversity of Cultural Expressions Convention

19 February 2007



 

State party to regional instruments

European Cultural Convention

16 May 1957

European Convention for the Protection of the  Architectural Heritage

31 May 1989

European Convention on Offences Relating to Cultural Property

Signed on 30 July 1985

European Convention for the Protection of the  Archaeological Heritage (revised)

Signed on 16 January 1992

European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages

Signed on 27 June 2000

Framework Convention for the Protection of National  Minorities

3 November 1997

European Landscape Convention

4 May 2006

European Convention for the Protection of the  Audiovisual Heritage

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Framework Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for  Society

-

 

Constitutional provisions

Arts 6, 9, 21, 33, 117 of Italian Constitution of 1947

Leg. Decree 112/1972 devolved cultural competencies to the regions; and Decentralisation Laws (59/1997 and 112/1998)

 

National legislation

Heritage and Landscape Code (Leg Decree 42/2004) (amended up to 2008), Leg. Decrees 156/2006, 157/2006, 62/2008 and 63/2008 (with original 2004 version, also English translation of the 2004 original)

Presidential Decree 233/2007 (original language)

Law 778/1922 on natural beauty and historic monuments (original language)

Law 1497/1939 on natural beauty (original language)

Regulation 1357/1940 on protection of the natural heritage (original language)

Law 431/1985 on landscape (original language)

Law 14/2006 on the ratification of the European Landscape Convention (original language)

Leg. Decree 157/2006 on landscape (original language)

Leg. Decree 63/2008 on landscape (original language)

Law 163/2006 on Public Building Works (legge Merloni) (original language)

Presidential Decree 554/1999 on Public Works (original language)

Regulation 1369/1942 on the protection of the authors (original language)

Law 717/1949 on art on public edifices (original language)

Draft Law on Architectural Quality (2008)

Law 378/2003 Disposizioni per la tutela e valorizzazione dell’architettura rurale (original laguage)

Leg. Decree 156/2006 on cultural heritage (original language)

Leg.Decree 62/2008 on cultural heritage (original language)

Leg. Decree 112/1998 on Museums (original language)

Leg. Decree 157/2009 on Underwater Heritage Convention (original language)

Law 109/2005 on archaeological heritage (original language)

Law 106/2004 Norme relative al deposito legale dei documenti di interesse culturale destinati all'uso pubblico (original language)

Law 77/2006 on special measures for the protection and the fruition of Italian cultural, landscape and natural sites, inscribed on the "World Heritage List", under the protection of UNESCO, Source: UNESCO

Law 482/1999 Historic Linguistic Minorities (not reproduced)

Law 213/1999 ratifica ed esecuzione dell'ato finale della conferenza diplomatica per l'adozione del progetto di convezione dell'UNIDROIT sur ritorno internazionale dei beni culturali rubati o illecitamente esportati, con annesso, Source: UNESCO

Law 88/1998 on the circulation of cultural goods (original language) Source: UNESCO

Law 352/1997 on the sale of cultural goods (original language) Source: UNESCO

Regulation 3911/1993 on the export of cultural objects (original language), Source: UNESCO

 

Other

Ministerial Directive 28 July 2008 on archaeological heritage (original language)

Ministerial Directive 10 May 2001 on Museum Standards (original language)

Departmental Directive 24 March 2006 on Cultural Heritage and Landscape (original language)

Ministerial Directive 15 March 2006 and successive amendments on cultural heritage and landscape (original language)

Directive 30 October 2008 on the protection of rural architecture (original language)

 

CE Cultural Heritage Compendium

 

Other useful links

Ministry for the Heritage and Cultural Activities (Legislation)

DG for Cultural Heritage and Museums

DG for Contemporary Arts and Architecture (Arts & Architecture Legislation)

DG for Archaeology

DG for Archives (Archive Legislation)

DG for Libraries, Book Publishing and Cultural Institutes (Library Legislation)

 

Contact

Italian Ministry for the Heritage and Cultural Activities

Website: http://www.beniculturali.it/

Email at: http://www.beniculturali.it/mibac/opencms/MiBAC/sito-MiBAC/MenuServizio/Contatti/index.html