2023 (EN)

Pescasseroli is increasingly becoming a cultural centre and the "pride" of the "United States of the World" for having understood its message since 2010 by creating the monumental work "Totem for Peace", symbol of the United States of the World.
In the Council Chamber of the Municipality of Pescasseroli, in the presence of Mayors and authorities of the Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park Community - many of them "Ambassadors" and " Standard Bearers" of the United States of the World - the Minister of Culture Gennaro Sangiuliano inaugurated the 18th edition of the Benedetto Croce National Culture Award.
It is the culmination of a journey that takes place throughout the year, in various places in Abruzzo and in the classrooms of schools, where students and teachers read and express their opinions on the selected books, which were then presented to the members of the jury.
"The Croce Prize is a historical journey - said Pescasseroli's mayor Giuseppe Sipari, introducing the meeting - it is a true cultural journey, itinerant, that has touched several cities and involved dozens of student populations, making it an excellent vehicle for reading for young people. Therefore, not just a celebratory event, but a meeting that restores importance to the topicality of Croce's thought and its modernity".
"Pescasseroli is an extraordinary centre of cultural vitality - said Secretary-General Michele Capasso, who has been frequenting the Abruzzo resort for over 45 years - here culture goes hand in hand with nature".
Among the prize-winners was journalist and writer Titti Marrone - a long-standing supporter of the Fondazione Mediterraneo and the United States of the World - with her book "Se solo il mio cuore fosse pietra".
Minister Sangiuliano said: "Why Croce? His cultural action is a hymn to the freedom of people, it is a recognition of the value of the human, through culture that makes us better and makes our whole society better".