The ravishing Umbrian hilltop town of Corciano celebrated last night the award as the Europe prize.
Awarded by the Council of Europe, Corciano has excelled in their twinning with towns in Poland and Malawi plus their local work in improving facilities for the handicapped. It's a small town, a few kilometres outside Perugia. bypassed by most tourist travellers. It has a proud fascinating history. Its beautiful buildings have been lovingly preserved or restored to new life. A forbidding unadorned giant convents has been transformed into a cool world of welcoming refractory that had been used by the nuns for centuries.
The 2012 Europe Prize has been awarded jointly to the town of Corciano and the Romanian town of Sighisoara, for which the award ceremony took place on 21 July.
This annually awarded prize honours towns and cities for their active promotion of the European ideal, such as twinnings, European events and exchange visits. It consists of a trophy, a medal, a diploma and a scholarship to be spent on a study visit within Europe for young people from the winning town.
Corciano and Sighisoara are the recipients of the 58th prize since its creation in 1955.