(AGI) Vatican City, Oct 1 - Italy is playing an active role incelebrations marking the centenary of Norwegian explorer andanthropologist Thor Heyerdahl. The Italian Cultural Institutein Oslo, in partnership with the Thor Heyerdahl Institute, hasinvited the baritones and Massimiliano Vaipiano and AlessandroMundula to a concert by the Vesfold regional orchestra. Vesfoldwas Heyerdahl's home region. One of the most celebratedNorwegians, Heyerdahl is known for his ocean exploration andanthropological research, in particular the crossing of thePacific Ocean from Peru to Tahiti in 1947, on a primitivewooden raft the Kon Tiki. The Norwegian explorer spent thelatter part of his life in the Ligurian village of CollaMicheri, a hamlet in Andora in the province of Savona,assisting in the restoration of most of the village usingancient and traditional local building techniques and thuscontributing the rebirth of a valuable medieval village. Therelationship between Heyerdahl, his family, and Italy continuedeven after his death in 2002, with the twinning of his hometownLarvik with Andora, and the promotion of many common culturalinitiatives. (AGI). .