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World Heritage Institute

The World Heritage Institute (WHI) is an international educational organisation working in the field of cultural and natural heritage appreciation and protection. It was founded in 2018 when Palazzo Spinelli per l’Arte e il Restauro and Ipogea, in close collaboration with ICOMOS Italia and UNESCO Paris, brought together their joint skills and experience. The Institute's founding principles are based on the mission of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in defence of world heritage.

Firm in the conviction that it is essential to build peace through intellectual cooperation in the fields of education, science (natural and social), and culture (with particular reference to the appreciation and protection of cultural heritage and cultural identity, WHI aims to educate and support training at all career levels for professionals working in sectors linked to the awareness and protection of tangible and intangible world heritage. The Institute is a UNESCO expert on the Convention concerning the Protection of World Cultural and Natural Heritage, and the management of heritage sites.

WHI's primary objective is to train professionals capable of designing and producing territorial development plans that have a sustainable socio-economic and cultural impact on designated areas of interest, and who also have the skills to implement tourism, environment, business and infrastructure development projects.
The Institute also promotes initiatives for the protection of cultural diversity and World Heritage through the promotion and management of initiatives for the study, conservation, restoration and appreciation of historical-artistic heritage. Projects are designed and implemented in collaboration with public and private organisations.
WHI's operational priorities are in line with the Agenda 2030 for sustainable development aimed at overcoming the economic crisis and creating suitable conditions for continuous educational excellence and a more competitive (cultural) economy with higher employment rates.
At the same time, the Institute continues to follow the Europa 2020 strategy aimed at innovative growth, thanks to more effective investments in education, research and innovation; sustainable growth, thanks to the decisive shift in the economy aimed at protecting the environment; and responsible growth, focused on creating jobs and reducing poverty. 
WHI's main office is in Florence, although it is founded on a nomadic concept of education and training that allows projects to be implemented all over the world, respecting cultural diversity and staying close to international cultural communities.


The World Heritage Institute has signed partnership agreements to create an international network of organisations that share our mission and support our activities. Partners include:

  3. Comune di Firenze
  4. Federculture
  5. Siti Italiani Unesco,
  6. Ufficio Patrimonio Mondiale UNESCO MIBACT
  7. ELIA (European League of Institutes of Arts), Amsterdam
  8. Europa Nostra, Olanda
  9. Anna Lindh Foundation, Egitto
  10. FAI (Fondo Ambiente Italiano), Italia
  11. INTBAU (International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism).


  1. Via Maggio, 13, Firenze (main office)
  2. Ex Ospedale San Rocco, Matera (regional office)



Our Mission

Our mission is to contribute to the awareness, protection, implementation and promotion of the cultural diversity of humankind, defined as the totality of the many forms of cultural expression witnessed over time and interpreted as a source of exchange, innovation and creativity through its universal significance as shared heritage, respecting our own and others' cultures.