Following the earthquake which caused considerable damage in the Abruzzo region on 6 April, the French Government offered its cooperation to the Italian Government to help safeguard and restore the heritage, especially that of the city of L'Aquila, devastated by the earthquake.

The Ministry of Culture and Communication has entrusted several expert missions to Roch Payet, Director of Studies of the Department of Restorers of the National Heritage Institute (INP), and Didier Reppelin, Inspector General of Historic Monuments.

Following the G8 meeting held in L'Aquila, the French government officially announced the adoption of the church of Santa Maria del Suffragio. It will participate in its restoration to the tune of 3.2 M , will offer its expertise € and will implement several school projects organized with the students restorers of the National Institute of Heritage. The first of these projects will take place from 25 to 31 October and will be under the responsibility of Madame di Matteo, art historian at the superintendence of artistic goods of the Abruzzo region.

The objective of this first operation consists, for the five students restorers of sculpture selected on twenty volunteers, to participate in the sorting, documentation and conditioning of the fragments of stucco that will be extracted from the rubble.

The restorative students will join an Italian team composed of an archaeologist, restorers and volunteers of the NGO Legambiente. They will prepare a final illustrated report, based on notes and photographs.

This unique experience for students should allow them to take the
emergency response conditions, sharing living conditions
of the affected population through a cooperation
long-term.