Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism (Italy)

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Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism
Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo (MiBACT)
Agency overview
Formed 1974
Jurisdiction Council of Ministers of Italy
Headquarters Collegio Romano Palace, Rome, Italy
Annual budget EUR 1.6 billion (Budget 2013)
Minister responsible

The Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism (Italian: Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo - MiBACT) is the culture ministry of the Italian Republic. MiBAC's headquarters are located in the historic Collegio Romano Palace (via del Collegio Romano 27, in central Rome) and the current minister is Dario Franceschini.

It was set up in 1974 as the Ministry for Cultural Assets and Environments (Italian: Ministero per i Beni Culturali ed Ambientali) by the Moro IV Cabinet through the decree read on 14 December 1974, n. 657, converted (with changes) from the law of 29 January 1975, n. 5. The new ministry (defined as "per i beni culturali" - that is for cultural assets, showing the wish to create a mainly technical organ) largely has the remit and functions previously under the Ministry of Public Education (specifically its Antiquity and Fine Arts, and Academies and Libraries, sections). To this remit and functions it some of those of the Ministry of the Interior (State archives) and of the President of the Council of Ministers (state computer archives, publishing and diffusion of culture).

Legislative decree number 368 of 20 October 1998 set up the Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali, with all the old ministry's remits as well as some new ones:

  • promotion of sports and sports arenas
  • promotion of shows, in all their forms

In 2006, the sport portfolio was reassigned to the new Dipartimento per le Politiche Giovanili e le Attività Sportive.

The ministry is principally concerned with culture, the protection and preservation of artistic sites and property, landscape, and tourism (Decree 181/2006). At the end of 2006, the ministry's departments were abolished and their responsibilities returned to the ministry itself.

In 2009 the Ministry’s organisational structure underwent significant changes (Decree 91/2009): the coordination of ministerial functions is still entrusted to a Secretary General, the General Directorates have been reduced from nine to eight, with new denominations and a partial reshaping of their responsibilities. The eight General Directorates continue to be technically supported by high level scientific bodies (Central Institutes).

The peripheral ministerial structure of Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities is provided for, in 17 out of 20 regions, by Regional Directorates for Cultural Heritage and Landscape and by the local Soprintendenze.


Collegio Romano palace - headquarters of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities
San Michele a Ripa Monumental Complex - headquarters of the Direzione generale per il paesaggio, le belle arti, l’architettura e l’arte contemporanee (PaBAAC), the Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo e la Documentazione (ICCD) and offices

Central administration[edit]

The Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities is made up of a variety of internal divisions, including:

  • Ufficio di gabinetto
  • Segreteria del ministro
  • Ufficio stampa
  • Ufficio legislativo
  • Organismo Indipendente di Valutazione della performance

8 Direzioni Generali (General Directorates):

  • Direzione generale per l'organizzazione, gli affari generali, l'innovazione e il bilancio - in charge of internal organisation
  • Direzione generale per le antichità - in charge of ancient arts
  • Direzione generale per la valorizzazione del patrimonio culturale - in charge of enhancement of cultural heritage
  • Direzione generale per gli archivi - in charge of national archives
  • Direzione generale per il paesaggio, le belle arti, l'architettura e l'arte contemporanee - in charge of the landscape, fine arts, architectural and art heritage
  • Direzione generale per le biblioteche e gli istituti culturali - in charge of national libraries and cultural institutions
  • Direzione generale per il cinema - in charge of cinematography
  • Direzione generale per lo spettacolo dal vivo - in charge of music, dance and theater

Istituti Centrali (Central Institutes) :

  • Istituto Superiore per la Conservazione ed il Restauro - Central Institute of Restoration
  • Opificio delle pietre dure - The Opificio is a global leader in the field of art restoration and provides teaching as one of two Italian state conservation schools
  • Istituto centrale per il catalogo e la documentazione
  • Istituto centrale per il restauro e la conservazione del patrimonio archivistico e librario

Associated organs[edit]

  • Direzioni Regionali per i Beni Culturali e Paesaggistici (Regional Directorates for Cultural Heritage and Landscape)
  • Soprintendenze (Superintendencies)
    • Soprintendenze per i Beni Architettonici e il Paesaggio (Superintendencies for Architectural Heritage and Landscape)
    • Soprintendenze per il Patrimonio Storico, Artistico ed Etnoantropologico (Superintendencies for Historical Patrimony, Artistic and Ethno-Anthropological Heritage)
    • Soprintendenze per i Beni Archeologici (Superintendencies for Archaeological Heritage)
The Carabinieri Headquarters for the Protection of Cultural Heritage
    • Soprintendenze Archivistiche (Archival Superintendencies)
  • Archivi di Stato (National Archives)
  • Biblioteche Statali (National Libraries)
  • Musei (Museums)

For more on the organization of the Ministry, see Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities

Names of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism[edit]

  • 1974 - Ministero per i beni culturali e ambientali (Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Environments)
  • 1998 - Ministero per i beni e le attività culturali (Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities)
  • 2013 - Ministero dei beni e delle attività culturali e del turismo (Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism)


Name Period Government
Giovanni Spadolini (PRI) 14 December 1974 - 7 January 1976 Governo Moro IV
Mario Pedini (DC) 12 February 1976 - 30 April 1976 Governo Moro V
Mario Pedini (DC) 29 July 1976 - 16 January 1978 Andreotti III Cabinet
Dario Antoniozzi (DC) 11 March 1978 - 31 January 1979 Andreotti IV Cabinet
Dario Antoniozzi (DC) 20 March 1979 - 31 March 1979 Andreotti V Cabinet
Egidio Ariosto (PRI) 4 August 1979 - 19 March 1980 Cossiga I Cabinet
Oddo Biasini (PRI) 4 April 1980 - 27 September 1980 Cossiga II Cabinet
Oddo Biasini (PRI) 18 October 1980 - 26 May 1981 Forlani Cabinet
Vincenzo Scotti (DC) 28 July 1981 - 7 August 1982 Spadolini I Cabinet
Vincenzo Scotti (DC) 23 August 1982 - 13 November 1982 Spadolini II Cabinet
Nicola Vernola (DC) 1 December 1982 - 29 April 1983 Fanfani V Cabinet
Antonio Gullotti (DC) 4 August 1983 - 27 June 1986 Craxi I Cabinet
Antonio Gullotti (DC) 1 August 1986 - 3 March 1987 Craxi II Cabinet
Antonio Gullotti (DC) 17 April 1987 - 28 April 1987 Fanfani VI Cabinet
Carlo Vizzini (PSDI) 28 July 1987 - 11 March 1988 Goria Cabinet
Vincenza Bono Parrino (PSDI) 13 April 1988 - 19 May 1989 De Mita Cabinet
Ferdinando Facchiano (PSDI) 22 July 1989 - 12 April 1991 Andreotti VI Cabinet
Giulio Andreotti (DC) 12 April 1991 - 24 April 1992 Andreotti VII Cabinet
Alberto Ronchey (PRI) 28 June 1992 - 22 April 1993 Amato I Cabinet
Alberto Ronchey (PRI) 28 April 1993 - 9 May 1994 Ciampi Cabinet
Domenico Fisichella (AN) 10 May 1994 - 22 December 1994 Berlusconi I Cabinet
Antonio Paolucci (Independent) 17 January 1994 - 17 May 1996 Dini Cabinet
Walter Veltroni (PDS) 17 May 1996 - 21 October 1998 Prodi I Cabinet
Giovanna Melandri (DS) 21 October 1998 - 22 December 1999 D'Alema I Cabinet
Giovanna Melandri (DS) 22 December 1999 - 22 April 2000 D'Alema II Cabinet
Giovanna Melandri (DS) 25 April 2000 - 11 June 2001 Amato II Cabinet
Giuliano Urbani (FI) 11 June 2001 - 23 April 2005 Berlusconi II Cabinet
Rocco Buttiglione (UDC) 23 April 2005 - 2 May 2006 Berlusconi III Cabinet
Francesco Rutelli (PD) 17 May 2006 - 8 May 2008 Prodi II Cabinet
Sandro Bondi (PDL) 8 May 2008 - 23 March 2011 Berlusconi IV Cabinet
Giancarlo Galan (PDL) 23 March 2011 - 16 November 2011 Berlusconi IV Cabinet
Lorenzo Ornaghi (Independent) 16 November 2011 – 28 April 2013 Monti Cabinet
Massimo Bray (PD) 28 April 2013 – 22 February 2014 Letta Cabinet
Dario Franceschini (PD) 22 February 2014 - incumbent Renzi Cabinet

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