The Regional Association of Municipalities of Epirus is involved as Lead Partner, with the Union of the Provinces of Puglia to the implementation of the Act “BRIDGES OF HISTORY AND TRADITION” under the European Territorial Cooperation Program Greece - Italy 2007-2013.
The two participants in the Act areas, endowed with a beautiful natural landscape, have a rich tradition and history in the construction of stone bridges, which are unique examples of folk architecture and craftsmanship, while the same stone, as a natural resource, has been the basis of economic and cultural development through time. In recent years, therefore, there has been a revival of interest in the preservation of traditional monuments such as stone bridges are not only beautiful, but are marvels in engineering. Enthusiasts of these structures flock from around the world in these areas to discover these excellent works of art, and many of the bridges are connected to historical events.
With the main objective of promoting and preserving the cultural heritage of the two participating regions of Epirus and Puglia by showcasing the traditional architecture and specifically the traditional stone bridges, the Act resulted from the collaboration of partners, when together they realized the need to seek funding for an idea that for the first time will realize the full potential of the cultural historical, stone bridges and maximize the potential benefits from the influx of alternative forms of tourism that offers a combination of nature and architecture of stone, through cross-border cooperation.