Marher Project consortium visited Meletti family.

Thanks to the Meletti family, the students of the Marher project were able to visit the factory that produces the famous Anisetta, the typical aniseed-based liqueur of the Piceno region. 

The visit allowed the participants to immerse themselves in the history of the Meletti family, from the beginnings of the company founder to the evolution of the company during the 20th century. 

The students were able to experience first-hand the impact that the family’s heritage and tradition still has today in the promotion of the products and the brand around the world. Participants were also able to visit the production line and the machinery required for bottling.

Thanks to these testimonies we were able to see some of the principles of Heritage Marketing, which the Marher project has condensed into the educational materials produced, come into action in the life of a historic Italian company

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Marher Project consortium visited Gradara Castle.

The Marher project consortium visited Gradara Castle to study how a rich artistic and cultural heritage can be used to promote the brand and reputation of a small town in the world.

The students had the opportunity to hear directly from the voice of the mayor of Gradara, Filippo Gasperi, how the small town has become a key player in the region’s tourism landscape, becoming a point of attraction thanks to storytelling and heritage marketing.

The students visited the castle and the works of art inside, got to know Paolo and Francesca and the tragic tale of their love story, which make Gradara the city of love and fantastic storytelling.

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Tasting experience with C Ciù wines.

The heritage linked to wine and food is a fundamental element of the Piceno territory. The students of the Marher project were able to appreciate how the agricultural traditions of the region are fundamental elements of a story that helps to enhance products and brands, especially when it comes to wines. 

Thanks to the expertise of Ukrainian sommelier Alona Tikhovska, the participants not only tasted the wines of the Ciù Ciù winery, one of the case studies of the MARHER project, but also listened to the stories linked to wine production and learned to appreciate its flavours and aromas. 

Thanks to the skillful use of gamification and storytelling, the students were able to learn how to use gastronomic heritage, and in particular that linked to wine production, to promote the products of the land and local tourism.

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MARHER project at Sonosphera.

A different experience for the students of the MARHER project at Sonosphera. The advanced technological installation at the civic museums of Pesaro allowed them to experience in a completely new dimension parts of the Italian artistic heritage such as the magnificent frescoes of the Stanza della Segnatura, by the painter Raffaello Sanzio from Urbino. 

The technological installation fascinated the participants and also involved them in an innovative sound experience aimed at preserving the sounds of nature in the rainforests, which are threatened by climate change and the hand of man.

The use of the cultural heritage of a territory for its own tourist promotion also passes through innovative technologies and the intersection of art, history and technology.

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MARHER Learning Activity in Offida, Italy.

The partnership of the MARHER project has just spent 5 wonderful and intense days in the beautiful town of Offida. I-strategies hosted the interactive workshop of Heritage Marketing, a learning activity aimed at testing the didactic materials produced by the project to train new professionals able to use the heritage of their territories and companies for the promotion of brands and products. 

The educational activities proposed were many and varied: gamified lessons, guided tours, frontal lessons and interactive storytelling. Over the next few days, we will go into more detail about each activity. 

Thanks to i-strategies for the hospitality and to all the students for actively contributing to the project activities. The project can now draw to a close, with so much teaching material produced not only on the basis of rigorous scientific knowledge but also on the basis of field tests. 

Next stop in Copenhagen for the final meeting!

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MARHER goes around the world!

Gianluca Vagnarelli ( of I-strategies attended the international conference “Indian Craft and Heritage”, invited by the Dean of the School of Arts and Design of Woxen University, Adity Saxenaon (

Gianluca explained to an international audience the importance of Corporate Heritage for a contemporary company. He showed the importance of a project like Marher and how its products can also be used in contexts outside the European Union.

MARHER Meeting in Offida, Italy.

On 28 and 29 September 2020, the MARHER project partners gathered for the second transnational project meeting. The meeting was held partly in person at the I-Strategies headquarters in OFFIDA in Italy and partly online due to travel restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The meeting immediately addressed the problems of managing all project activities in the light of the problems related to the current epidemic. Risks, delays, opportunities and risk management and mitigation strategies were analysed for each element of the project.

No particular critical issues were reported in the implementation of the main activities. The interactive map of heritage marketing best cases will soon be online and the production of Intellectual output 2, which has already had the publication of a scientific paper as a positive by-product, will not be significantly delayed despite the difficulties that the current situation is causing to the various organisations.

I-strategies has outlined the steps that need to be taken to finalise Intellectual Output 2 on time so that the next intellectual product can begin on a solid basis.

The discussion closed on a general review of the use of financial resources with no particular problems identified by the partnership.

The partnership decided to meet more often online in anticipation of meeting again in person at the next transnational meeting.

“Storytelling and Organizational Heritage Communication: towards a critical development of a new corporate-cultural profession” a new scientific paper from MARHER key partners.

During the process of creating intellectual output 2 – a skill profile for the professional figure of the Heritage Marketer – the three main experts in the partnership, Klarissa Lueg from the University of Southern Denmark, Gianluca Vagnarelli from I-strategy and Rasa Pranskuniene from the Vytautas Magnus University elaborated a scientific paper on the topic of Heritage Marketing in complex organisations.

“Storytelling and Organizational Heritage Communication: towards a critical development of a new corporate-cultural profession” is the title of the paper and can be found at 

Thanks to this valuable work, the depth and level of detail of the scientific basis on which the production of all the intellectual products of the MARHER project will be based is greatly improved.

Best Cases of heritage Marketing in Europe

After collecting dozens of cases across Europe, the MarHer consortium has developed an interactive map where you can see the best examples of companies that are effectively using the story of their origins, the stories of their founders or their social fabric as a tool to promote their brand or products.

From the map it will be possible to download the most interesting cards or to analyse how a specific production sector is using this method of self-promotion.

The map will be gradually updated with more and more cases from the partnership, in the hope that it will be useful for all those who are interested in learning more about Heritage Marketing.

You can find the map here

MarHer project starts in Brussels 

The partners of the MarHer project met for the first time in Brussels on 5 and 6 December 2019. The objective of the MARHER project is to identify key competences for a new professional figure that is innovative and creative, able to maximize the value of stories for tourism promotion and beyond: The Heritage Marketer.

After listening to the recommendations of the Danish National Agency, the partners revised the project in all its parts: management mode, output production, communication management, event organization.

The partners set the next project steps: the creation of a graphic and communicative identity for the project, the structuring of a basic template for the intellectual output 1, the identification and use of a specific online platform for project management.

The project started under the best auspices of the whole consortium, who agreed to meet at the next OFFIDA meeting in Italy.