PAIDEIA THEMES

Just as the Mediterranean itself is a tapestry of interconnected stories and identities, so too the Paideia campus weaves together six fundamental themes.

HISTORY

Pollica, the pearl of Cilento, surrounded by numerous UNESCO sites, is located in a land that has welcomed heroes, thinkers, and explorers. It is the cradle of the Eleatic Philosophical School and the Salerno Medical School. 

This land that over the centuries has been a crossroads of revolutionary knowledge and intuitions, today is made up of an immense historical, archaeological, artistic, cultural, and landscape heritage.

From Parmenides, Melisso and Zenone, passing through the Salerno Medical School, to Ancel and Margaret Keys and the discovery of the Mediterranean lifestyle.

SCIENCE & INNOVATION

From the land of Parmenides, the “philosopher-physicist” and of the Salerno Medical School, through to the study and discovery of the “Mediterranean Diet” by American scientists Ancel Keys and Margaret Haney, Pollica has proved to be fertile ground for maturing knowledge and sprouting the most prosperous ideas.

Scientists codified the fundamental characteristics that unite the traditional diets of the countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea (starting from Spain, to the Greek islands, passing through Southern Italy). A path that led to the discovery of the benefits of what, in the Sixties, they defined for the first time as the “Mediterranean Diet.”

These stories speak about inventors, explorers, thinkers, and scientists who unknowingly have left a profound mark on the history of humanity and with their example teach us to look to the past to build the future.

ECOLOGY

Over time, Pollica has become a virtuous example for what concerns the enhancement of the territory and the protection of the environment. A legacy that comes from afar, because precisely in the Campania region there is the first trace of separate waste collection in contemporary history, with King Ferdinand II in the first half of the nineteenth century.

More recently, thanks also to the pioneering mission carried out by Mayor Angelo Vassallo who gave his life for the regeneration and development of his land, the Cilento coast has gone from being anonymous to becoming a source of prestige and local pride. In particular, in the last 20 years, the city has distinguished itself for important investments in innovative projects for the purification of wastewater, leading Legambiente and the FEE to recognize it as one of the pearls of the Italian sea.

A commitment that has also been substantiated in the fight against building speculation and land consumption and which continues to be supported today, with the Mayor Stefano Pisani.

Preserving a healthy development of the territory, protecting knowledge, protecting the environment and biodiversity, are all aspects that place the city in full harmony with the concept of integral ecology.

BIODIVERSITY

Pollica and Cilento are not only located in the center of the Mediterranean, but are immersed in reserves of biological diversity and unique cultural diversity in the world. With over 30 products recognized as Slow Food symbols, the biological and agrobiological complexity is the result of a long evolutionary history marked by the slow pace that maintains the balance between Nature and Man. From the La Fiumara wildlife oasis, a bio-park of about sixty thousand square meters, to the Cilento, Vallo di Diano, and Alburni National Park, the first park in the entire area of ​​the Mediterranean basin to have received the qualification of UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1997 and registered in the UNESCO Geoparks network in 2010, they confirm how much respect for and enhancement of biodiversity is at the foundation of the local lifestyle.

CONVIVIALITY

The Mediterranean Diet is “much more than a simple list of foods. It promotes social interaction, since the common meal is the basis of social customs and holidays shared by a given community, and has given rise to a considerable body of knowledge, songs, maxims, tales, and legends. The Diet is based on respect for the territory and biodiversity, and guarantees the conservation and development of traditional activities and trades linked to fishing and agriculture in the Mediterranean communities.”

Food is more than energy and nutrition. Food is family, experience, inclusion, community. Food is identity.

In the Mediterranean basin, commensality and conviviality have become aspects of the cultural heritage to be preserved and enhanced.

ART & CULTURE

Perfectly located in the center of the Mediterranean. The Mediterranean Sea, a mix of cultures, from which to restart a world of inclusion, which knows how to make diversity a strength for the future of humanity.

It is from this concept that we want to begin, noting that the cultures that overlook the Mediterranean are many, but that they are also united by this sea that makes us Mediterranean. The rites, the dances, the music, the colors, and the traditions meld together into this rich tapestry that we call the Mediterranean. 

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