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.


President  Michele Capasso together with Pia Molinari and members of the Executive Scientific Board expressed their profound condolences over the death of the Former President of the Italian Republic, Oscar Luigi Scalfaro. “He was a true statesman and served the common good”, declared Michele Capasso,  “a man who believed that the “ethic” of the Constitution should be transmitted to young people as a value in its own right rather than merely as a legal instrument”. Michele Capasso concluded, “I will always remember the paternal affection with which, in the presence of Heads of States and Governments meeting in Naples under the auspices of the Fondazione Mediterraneo in 1997,  he urged me to continue my journey as an architect of peace and dialogue”


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At this year’s  23rd Edition of the Trieste Film Festival, about 200 films will be presented, making it  the major film festival for   Central and Eastern Europe. Moreover, many of the films will be shown as international and national previews.
Thanks to the diversity and interest generated by its programme, the event includes competition sectors for feature films, short films and documentaries, in addition to retrospectives and tributes.

The festival is a “must” for film lovers and a showcase for cinema in the “New Europe”.
The Fondazione Mediterraneo has been participating in the Trieste Film Festival since 1995, awarding the Mediterranean Cinema Prize for the best short film.


Press release

The press

Vai all'evento del Premio Mediterraneo Cinema 2011

The President of the  Fondazione Mediterraneo  Michele Capasso and Pia Molinari, Board Member and Director of the Young People and Creativity Sector, met with H.E. Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe to explain the progamme of the  Fondazione for young people.
On that occasion, a book on the works of the sculptor, Mario Molinari, was  presented to Cardinal Sepe.


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Kiro Gligorov, the first President of independent Macedonia, died on 1st January 2012, aged 94. President Gligorov had been the undisputed protagonist in the process that led to the independence of Macedonia from Yugoslavia without a single shot being fired.
As a founding member of the Fondazione Mediterraneo, he had also been a protagonist in shaping the peace and stability process in the Balkans.
Michele Capasso, the President of the Fondazione Mediterraneo, remembered him as a “great friend and kindred spirit, as well as a founder member of our Institution, whom we will never forget”.

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