A project in collaboration with Andrea Bocelli Foundation to support the city of Sarnano and its students in the reconstruction of the ‘Giacomo Leopardi” middle school where time stands still since the 2016 earthquake


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sqm surface area of the structure (including 6 classrooms, 3 laboratories, 1 library)


students concerned

over 3,000

Sarnano inhabitants

Rebuilding together

Two foundations, united by the common desire to carry out concrete solidarity projects at an international level, want to bring back to normal life the young population of Sarnano, an Italian medieval town located near Macerata with a very rich artistic heritages. The area was seriously affected by the earthquake that hit central Italy, starting on August 24th 2016 at 3:36 a.m. with a 6.0 Richter magnitude

United to build a new school for the city of Sarnano

Only The Brave Foundation and Andrea Bocelli Foundation will donate the school ‘turn-key’ to the local government. The new structure, which will be built with modern anti-seismic techniques, will soon welcome 100 students and allow them to regularly return to school and follow classes in a new and safe building, following what has been a difficult year.

The collaboration between the two Foundations is supported by the Extraordinary Commissioner of the Italian Government for Reconstruction and the Municipality of Sarnano

On August 24th 2016 at 3:36 a.m. a 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck central Italy, affecting the territories of Abruzzo, Lazio, Marche and Umbria. Thousands of people were involved in the event that caused 299 victims, many injured and serious damages to the territory. On October 26th and 30th new violent earthquakes followed, particularly at the border between Umbria and Marche. The shock of October 30th –6.5 magnitude – was the strongest in Italy in the last thirty years, the number of homeless people – as well as the damages – grew exponentially but there were no victims. The small town we are going to support, Sarnano, is an Italian medieval center with a very rich artistic heritages, located in the province of Macerata, in the Marche region.


Renzo Rosso

“I am very happy to work with Andrea on this project. We had been wanting to help the areas affected for quite some time, until together we went straight to the villages struck by the earthquake to understand their real needs. Our philosophy is to follow all the initiatives that we support from beginning to end, guaranteeing for the respect of timing and investments, as we did in Venice for the restoration of the Rialto Bridge”.

Andrea Bocelli

“It is a challenge that we are facing with enthusiasm, sure that we will reach our goal thanks to the experience we have gained in the field of ‘didactic structures’. The Andrea Bocelli Foundation, in fact, has already realized five school structures in its first five years of activity“.

Franco Ceregioli

Mayor of Sarnano

“I would like to thank, personally, and on behalf of Sarnano, Maestro Andrea Bocelli and Renzo Rosso, as well as their foundations, for this extraordinary gesture of proximity and solidarity that, after a difficult and troubled year, will allow our kids to attend their lessons regularly in a new and secure building”.