Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities (Italy)

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Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities
Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali
Emblem of Italy.svg
Collegio Romano 2003.jpg
Headquarters in Rome
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 (Italian: Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali - MiBAC) 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 Italian Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities is Alberto Bonisoli. From 2013 to 2018 its official name was Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism.

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) :

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

Officials names of the Ministry[edit]

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

List of Ministers[edit]

External links[edit]