May 18, 2019

UNPO and Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Abkhazia organized a cultural event in Rome

On 17 May 2019, the UNPO in collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Abkhazia (CCIRA), the Chamber of Commerce of Abkhazia in Belgium and the Representation of Abkhazia to Italy, organized a cultural event in Rome.

Hosted in the noble XVII century Palace Falletti, the event which started with a conference and was followed by a degustation of local products, aimed at presenting the Republic of Abkhazia’s history, culture and incredible landscapes which makes Abkhazia a unique place to explore. As 70% of the Abkhazian income depends on tourism, special attention has been given to the different cultural tourist routes which can be selected according to traveller’s interests. Starting from the environmental path which includes the breath-taking Ritza Lake to the religious itinerary, where people can admire the recently renewed New Athos Monastery in the municipality of Gudauta. 

Guests understood how Abkhazia, which is on the shores of the Black Sea, with a sub-tropical climate, is a desired touristic destination. Yet, due to partial recognition, it is politically isolated and difficult to reach, due to the lack of its own operative airport. 

A video detailing Abkhazia’s history caught the attention of the sizeable audience. This gave life to a stimulating debate and raised several questions on the practical steps to follow in order to discover more about the region and its heritage. 

It is not possible to talk about Abkhazian culture without considering its culinary tradition and its famous wines. The two semi sweets Apsny and Lykhny and the semi-dry Anakopia are just among the most famous alcoholic beverage that people can taste while travelling the country.

The evening ended with a sampling of Abkhazian delicatessen including smoked cheeses, nuts and ‘ajindjukh’ sweets.