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Asmara mine of vintage Fiat 600, but it is forbidden to export them
Milan - The symbol of Asmara, capital of Eritrea candidate to be linked to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Site, this Fiat service station built during Italian colonization in futuristic style, but the identity of the city is not only in its turn of the century architecture. There is also a wealth endangered made of vintage cars. There are many Fiat 500 and 600 that still circulate undisturbed in the streets of the capital, especially as fleets of driving schools, which are coveted by collectors from around the world. For this reason, the Eritrean authorities have decided to ban its export, as reported by Susanna Bortolotto, a researcher at Politecnico di Milano engaged in a training program of technical Eritreans for the restoration of the city.
"Asmara not only presents its heritage of architecture, boulevards and publbici spaces, but the other heritage that is little known, but equally important is the ability of the city to offer the visitor who comes from outside its bars, his outdoor tables, croissants, pastarelle, all Italians have brought together the architecture and squares. And 'This is another added value of the city as well as, if one walks the streets, he was able to review the Fiat 500, the car of a time now in Italy there are more. "
The Unesco verdict is expected by July, but in the meantime, thanks to European Union funding of 300,000 Euros, started the collaboration with the Milan university, which includes the completion of the conservation plan of the African city and the opening of a pilot restoration site in the old fish market.