Milan “a place to read”.
Unesco, the Paris-based Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, has nominated Milan a creative city for literature, joining Dublin, Edinburgh, Barcelona, Prague and Baghdad.
As a centre of publishing and literature "Milan is starting to get the international recognition it deserves," exulted city councillor for culture Councillor Filippo Del Corno.
Milan has joined eight other Italian cities to win the prestigious award, after Rome (for cinema), Fabriano and Carrara (for crafts), Turin (for design), Pesaro and Bologna (for music) and Alba and Parma (for gastronomy).
The announcement was made at the same time as a list of 64 cities from 44 nations was added to the “creative cities” list. These included 19 cities from countries which had not been represented yet, including two US cities – San Antonio for gastronomy and Kansas City for music – despite the US decision to pull out of UNESCO.
The UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) was created in 2004 to promote cooperation with and among cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development.
Italy already boasts 53 UNESCO World Heritage sites, the most of any country in the world.