Thirty-four candidates were in the running to join UNESCO’s list of intangible heritage, created in 2003 mainly to raise awareness, although the agency also sometimes offers financial or technical support to countries struggling to protect their traditions.
Pizza is about to be named an #8220;intangible heritage#8221;. Photo: AFP
The art of the ‘pizzaiuolo’ #8211; handed down for generations in the southern Italian city #8211; was given the nod by the UN cultural body’s World Heritage Committee, who met on the South Korean island of Jeju.
Two million people had signed a petition to support Naples’ application, according to Sergio Miccu, head of the Association of Neapolitan Pizzaiuoli #8211; no doubt buoyed by his offer of complimentary pizza if the age-old culinary tradition joined the prestigious list.