The Italian cities were at the forefront of one of the greatest periods of expansion in European history, the Middle Ages. The professional corporation, the assegno bancario, the insurance policy and the wool trade, large international industry of the Middle Ages, were all Italian inventions. With his wealth of financial resources, civic pride and expertise, the city's population of medieval Italy became the promoter of the wider campaign of public housing has never occurred antiquity. A phenomenon of this type implied the existence of a dynamic culture that, at his best, fully rehabilitated the lexicon of the ancient Roman Republic: civic, civilized, civil.
– Randolph Starn, Ambrogio Lorenzetti, Palazzo Pubblico in Siena, S.E.I., Turin, 1996.
As often happens, are right to remind us foreigners, if not to make us discover, the wonders of our country. Randolph Starn, Professor of History at the University of California at Berkeley, sums it up perfectly, in these few lines, thinking that has guided us in the creation of the Cultural Medieval Italy: the belief, namely, that this immense wealth of art and culture is still little known and poorly valued, right in the host country.
All scholars agree in assigning the Italian Middle Ages the role of extreme originality and of great importance in the history of Europe in the same period. During those decisive thousand years, have in fact succeeded in our country, Goths, Byzantines, Arab, Lombards, Franchi, Norman, Svevi, Angioini, leaving indelible traces of their passage, of their culture, of their art.
L’Italia, in addition to, saw the development of forms and situations is unique, just think of the Maritime Republics, all'epopea Comunale, to the phenomenon of, all Signorie. For centuries, our country has been not only a land of conquest, but also and especially reference point for its culture, for the law and medicine, for painting and sculpture, for poetry and literature, to his experiences financial, for trade and for the manufacturing industry.
Countless testimonies of that time enrich and beautify our modern cities, our towns, our campaigns. And yet, still, there was a profound lack of interest in this heritage that the whole world envies us. Even today it is not uncommon to hear or read the usual clichés about the Middle Ages dark and barbarous, just as it is difficult to observe a substantial part of this common good abandoned to its fate, not properly valued and safeguarded, almost smothered by the attention back to classical times or the Renaissance.
Fortunately for us, however, in recent years has been developing a new sensitivity, mainly due to the phenomenon of fashion in the Middle Ages. The birth of a myriad of historical re-enactment groups, the proliferation of parties and horse races, the parallel phenomenon of the Internet network, were finally allowed to change direction and are actively contributing to the rediscovery and revival of this immense wealth of art and culture.
Today it is fashionable to the Middle Ages, in the cinema, in music, nel teatro. Despite the diversity of passions, a remarkable array of “amateur” is succeeding where others have failed, were unwilling or unable to act, allowing all of us to finally discover a heritage of great value in a context that, for climatic characteristics, landscape, Culinary, can be fully considered unique in the world.
In order not to waste the energy and obtain the best possible result we gave life to the Cultural Medieval Italy, with the ambitious aim to unite all the many facets of this phenomenon in common and priority Italian Middle Ages to the intent of making the proper role of law and bring its beauties as many people as possible. At the same time, in addition to sensitize institutions still too fugitives, we work to connect the world of historical and scientific research with the fans and players in the various sectors so that each, as the competes, can make its contribution to this process, as important as indispensable.
For the reasons stated in these pages, the ACIM operates throughout the national territory, in close collaboration with academic, fans, operators, using all the tools that modern technology provide us with. The Medieval Italian Cultural Association not for profit; lives of dues, staff members of the self-financing, contributions freely bestowed by patrons and supporters as well as any aids from institutions as well as through a series of initiatives and events organized in the first person or in partnership with others.
It was established in June 2002. Today's ACIM has an intense calendar of events such as conferences, partying Medievali, exhibitions and conferences. Also offers its members a package of agreements, growing, with accommodation, libraries, museums, exhibitions, shows and, starting from 2004, has launched a major new initiative: the © Prize Medieval Italy which gives an annual award to those who have distinguished themselves in the promotion of the medieval heritage of our country, operating in various forms and professional activities.