Declaration of Rome (1983)


ICOMOS Symposia

The Declaration of Rome acknowledges the challenges to the conservation of cultural property in Italy, including:

  • political and socio-economic reasons
  • an unclear relationship between theory and practice in conservation
  • lack of coordination between government agencies and organizations
  • insufficiently qualified persons charged with architectural conservation are two major problems.


It recommends that the different bodies concerned with conservation improve coordination at all levels and confirms the importance of specialized training by those employed to carry out restoration work. The Declaration supports the strengthening of international organizations, such as the International Centre for the Study of Preservation and the Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), responsible for education and training.