The historical, artistic and architectural heritage of each country, is an essential part of its cultural identity. Every palace, castle, villa or garden has his own story, amd memory that can not be be lost.
It is necessary to pass on culture and traditions to future generations through the conservation of historic buildings and gardens, protecting them from degradation and destruction. Today is very important to maintain an historic house, palace, castle, villa and garden without freezing his functions, but trying to find out destinations respectful and compatible with the vocation of the buildings themselves.
In order to follow this goal, in 1977, was founded the Italian Historic Houses Association. It is non-profit making and aims to facilitate the conservation, development and management of historic homes, thus contributing to the protection of cultural heritage, the maintenance and knowledge of which are of public interest.
To this end the Association promotes:
- counselling and legal assistance, administrative, fiscal and technical assistance for its members for the preservation, conservation, enhancement and management of dwellings;
- liaises with the relevant government bodies;
- cooperates with similar national and international associations, especially those in Europe with similar aims. It is a member of the UEHHA (Union of European Historic Houses Association) thus ensuring greater exchange of information as much for legislation as for sharing mutual experiences relating to conservation;
- promotes studies, research and initiatives aimed at the attainment of social goals and plans the means to achieve a more adequate system of national and European law.
The Association’s national headquarters is in Rome, and takes care of its shareholders’ legal and tax affairs whilst maintaining contact with various public institutions.
The Regional Departments are engaged in assisting members and developing cultural initiatives. Each section is headed by a President elected by the shareholders.
There are three kinds of shareholder:
- ordinary shareholders: ordinary members of the public or corporate bodies also those from the public sector or other associations, who are owners of historic homes or persons who hold other legal rights over the houses.
- Supporting members: Ordinary shareholders who pay a contribution in excess of the annual fee.
- Associate Members, "Friends of Historic Houses," ordinary individuals or or corporate bodies interested in the ultimate aims of the Association.