Keywords: cost-benefit analysis; project appraisal approach; public and private management of cultural goods
The article explores the theory and the practice of the management of
the State owned cultural heritage, through temporary concession to local
public authorities. Recent Italian legislation on finance allows the Ministry
of Cultural Goods (MiBAC) to allocate important pieces of the Italian
cultural good at local level on a project appraisal approach, satisficing
specific conditions on the conservation and on the pursuing of some economic
and social outcomes. A brief outline of the Italian national legislation
is included. The article describes the case study of the ex-prison of San
Domenico, in San Gimignano, Tuscany, as an interesting good practice.
The article points out the project strengths and the few lessons useful for
other similar cultural projects.