Eleven churches and chapels in Piedmont, northwest Italy, that have normally been closed to visitors will now be accessible to anyone downloading the app Chiese a porte aperte (Churches with open doors). This truly unique project enables the visitor to register and book entry to any of the churches, which is automatic and free of charge. The buildings included in the current project have been chosen for their architectural or historic significance.
This ingenious project is part of a larger
scheme called Cities and Cathedrals.
It is benefitted from “a synergy between local organisations, the rooted sense of community, and the opportunities offered by technology to supplement—but definitely not substitute—the valuable contribution of volunteers, who have given so much to the scheme“.