Maison de la Paix || Casa Universale delle Culture (EN)



The Maison de la Paix - Casa Universale delle Culture is a place strongly representative, in which will convey the knowledge of the different identities and cultures, structuring permanently initiatives aimed at the spreading of peace, necessary for the shared development.

The Maison de la Paix - Casa Universale delle Culture (MdP) is a project conceived by Michele Capasso, approved by many Countries and international organizations. It is an architecture that keeps the memory of many Peace activities which created history, often more than the wars, but it is – above all – a space "to build” Peace.

The architectonical complex has an important symbolic worth: it represents the Countries of the World engaged in the Peace process and the Countries victim of the conflicts.

Proposed by the Fondazione Mediterraneo with the Maison des Alliances – together with the main adherent organizations, such as the Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly, the League of Arab States, the "Anna Lindh" Euro-Mediterranean Foundation and others, the MdP represents a referent point for all the ones who dedicate their lives to peace.

The symbol of the MdP is the "Totem for Peace", an artwork by the Italian sculptor Mario Molinari which the Fondazione Mediterraneo is promoting all around the world, creating the network of the "Cities for Peace".

The first seat of the MdP was inaugurated on the 14th of June 2010 (Maison de la Paix - Casa Universale delle Culture) in the historical building of the Grand Hotel de Londres in Naples.

The action of the Maison de la Paix - Casa Universale delle Culture aims at improving the main activities of the "Universal Forum of Cultures" in: Barcelona (2004), Monterrey (2007), Valparaiso (2010) and Naples (2013).

The Maison de la Paix performs most of the initiatives jointly with the Maison de la Méditerranée.


At the historical headquarters of the Bank of Naples in via Toledo there was the debate “Yesterday’s Europe, Tomorrow’s Europe” with an important group of speakers, including economists and politicians. Speeches were given by  Andrea Beltratti, president of the management board of the Intesa Sanpaolo bank, Paolo Garonna, director general of the Associazione nazionale delle imprese assicuratrici, Alfonso Izzo of the European Federalist Movement, the Euro-Parliamentarians Gianni Pittella, acting vice president of the European Parliament and Antonio Tajani, vice president of the European Commission for Industry and Business. In the afternoon there was a round table discussion with the president of Cnel Antonio Marzano, the vice president of Confindustria, Cristiana Coppola, the president of the cultural commission of Confindustria Alessandro Laterza, Gregorio De Felice, manager of analysis and research for Intesa Sanpaolo bank and Alessandra Perrazzelli, from the Intesa Sanpaolo Eurodesk. The work was chaired by  Giuseppe Castagna, director general of Banco di Napoli.

Claudio Azzolini, head of Institutional Relations, intervened on behalf of the Fondazione Mediterraneo.

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On 26th February at the offices of the Fondazione Valenzi, Carlo Puca’s new book “Tengo Famiglia”, published by Aliberti Editore, was presented. The speakers were the President of the Campania Region, Stefano Caldoro, the Provincial Secretary of the PD, Enzo Amendola, the Director of "il Denaro", Alfonso Ruffo and the President of the Fondazione Mediterraneo, Michele Capasso.

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During a meeting with Ida Collu, President of the National Body for the Deaf and Urbano Stenta, functionary of the Foreign Office, cooperation with the Fondazione Mediterraneo was agreed upon for the creation of a Union of the Deaf in the Greater Mediterranean and for holding the Summit of the Deaf of the Mediterranean, in Naples, with the objective of creating Mediterranean solidarity.

From a study carried out by "Think Thanks", a research and communications company lead by Lucio Iaccarino, and published in the newsletter "Grazie del Pensiero", the Fondazione Mediterraneo, together with the Fondazioni SUDD, Mezzogiorno Europa, IDIS-Città della Scienza and Teatro San Carlo, were in the first 5 of Naples City and Province, from 183 accredited organisations, for transparency, content and interactivity.

A result - claims President Capasso - made possible by the strong interaction with the territory which, since 1998, has seen the setting up of thematic bureaux developing the partnerships between the collectivities of Naples and the Province and  the Euromediterranean countries.

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