Cultural & Creative Tourism

Cittaslow – have you heard of it?

International movement of cities where living is good. Responsible tourism.

The Movement of Cittaslow was born in 1999 through the Paolo Saturnini’s brilliant intuition, past Mayor of Greve in Chianti, a little town of Tuscany.

Cittaslow is a part (subculture) of the culture of Slow Movement.  Slow Movement advocates a cultural shift toward slowing down life’s pace. It began with Carlo Petrini’s protest against the opening of a McDonald’s restaurant in Piazza di Spagna, Rome in 1986 that sparked the creation of the slow food movement which spread all over the world.

A slow food restaurant placard in Santorini, Greece.

The new idea of considering the town itself and thinking of a different way of development, based on the improving of life quality moved to all Italy and then worldwide. The main goal of Cittaslow, was and still is today, to enlarge the philosophy of Slow Food to local communities and to government of towns, applying the concepts of ecogastronomy at practice of everyday life.

Municipalities which join the association are motivated by curios people of a recovered time, where human is still protagonist of the slow and healthy succession of seasons, respectful of citizens’ health, the authenticity of products and good food, rich of fascinating craft traditions of valuable works of art, squares, theaters, shops, cafés, restaurants, places of the spirit and unspoiled landscapes, characterized by spontaneity of religious rites, respect of traditions through the joy of a slow and quiet living.

There are 50 goals and principles that each Cittaslow town commits to work to achieve. They serve as benchmarks to improve the quality of life in each city.

Cittaslow - Wikipedia
Logo of Cittaslow

The main aims of the movement are:

  • making life better for everyone living in an urban environment
  • improving the quality of life in the cities
  • resisting the homogenization and globalization of towns around the globe
  • protecting the environment
  • promoting cultural diversity and uniqueness of individual cities
  • providing inspiration for a healthier lifestyle

How to become a part of Cittaslow movement?

There are three categories of membership: Cittaslow town (population less than 50,000); Cittaslow Supporter (population more than 50,000); and Cittaslow Friend (individual or family).

Like Slow Food, Cittaslow is a membership organisation. Full membership of Cittaslow is only open to towns with a population under 50,000. To become eligible for membership, a town must normally score at least 50 percent in a self-assessment process against the set of Cittaslow goals, and then apply for admission to the appropriate Cittaslow national network. An annual membership fee is payable by towns.

The certification of towns concerns 72 requirements for quality, subdivided into 7 macro areas:

1. Energy and environmental policies
Parks and green areas, renewable energy, transport, recycling, etc 

2. Infrastructure policies
Alternative mobility, cycle paths, street furniture, etc.

3. Quality of urban life policies
Requalification and reuse of marginal areas, cable network city (fibre optics, wireless), etc.

4. Agricultural, touristic and artisan policies
Prohibiting the use of GMO in agricolture, increasing the value of working techniques and traditional crafts, etc.

5. Policies for hospitality, awareness and training
Good welcome, increasing awareness of operators and traders (transparency of offers and practised prices, clear visibility of tariffs), etc.

6. Social cohesion
Integration of disable people, poverty, minorities discriminated, etc.

7. Partnerships
Collaboration with other organizations promoting natural and traditional food, etc.

Below, you can see the full list of Cittaslow 272 towns-members by December 2020

Cittaslow Australia
Goolwa
Katoomba
Yea
Cittaslow Austria
Enns
Hartberg
Horn
Cittaslow Belgium
Jurbise
Chaudfontaine
Enghien
Estinnes
Lens
Maaseik
Silly
Cittaslow Canada
Cowichan Bay
Lac-Mégantic
Naramata
Wolfville
Cittaslow China
Changjia (Gaoqing County)
Changshan – Zigang _In progress
Erdaobaihe (Changbai Mountain)
Fuli (Fuchuan Yao Autonomous County)
Jingyang (Jingde County)
Luzhi (Wuzhong District)
Maolin (Yudong New District)
Shimenshan (Qufu city)
Songbai (Shennongjia Forest District)
Yanyang (Meizhou city)
Yaxi (Gaochun County)
Yingpan (Zhashui County)
Yuhu (Wencheng County)
Cittaslow Colombia
Pijao
Cittaslow Denmark
Mariagerfjord
Svendborg
Cittaslow Finland
Kristinestad
Cittaslow France
Cazaubon
Créon
Labastide d’Armagnac
Loix
Mirande
Saint Antonin Noble Val
Samatan
Segonzac
Simorre
Valmondois
Cittaslow Germany
Bad Essen
Bad Schussenried
Bad Wimpfen
Berching
Bischofsheim
Blieskastel
Deidesheim
Hersbruck
Homberg (Efze)
Lüdinghausen
Maikammer
Meldorf
Michelstadt
Nördlingen
Penzlin
Schneverdingen
Schwetzingen
Spalt
Überlingen
Waldkirch
Wirsberg
Zwingenberg
Cittaslow Great Britain
Aylsham
Berwick upon Tweed
Llangollen
Mold
Perth
Cittaslow Hungary
Hódmezővásárhely
Cittaslow Iceland
Djupavogshreppur
Cittaslow Ireland
Clonakilty
Cittaslow Italy
Abbiategrasso
Acqualagna
Acquapendente
Altomonte
Amalfi
Amelia
Anghiari
Asolo
Baiso
Barga
Belluno
Borgo Val di Taro
Bra
Brisighella
Caiazzo
Capalbio
Casalbeltrame
Castel Campagnano
Castelnovo nè Monti
Castelnuovo Berardenga
Castel San Pietro Terme
Castiglione Olona
Castiglione in Teverina
Cerreto Sannita
Chiavenna
Chiaverano
Cisternino
Città della Pieve
Città Sant’Angelo
Civitella in Val di Chiana
Controguerra
Cortona
Cutigliano – Comune di Abetone Cutigliano
Ficulle
Follina
Fontanellato
Francavilla al Mare
Galeata
Gioi
Giuliano Teatino
Gravina in Puglia
Greve in Chianti
Grumes – Comune di Altavalle
Guardiagrele
Levanto
Marradi
Massa Marittima
Monte Castello di Vibio
Montefalco
Morimondo
Mulazzo
Novellara
Orsara di Puglia
Orvieto
Parrano
Pellegrino Parmense
Penne
Perito
Pianella
Pollica
Positano
Pratovecchio – Stia
Preci
Ribera
Salorno
San Miniato
San Potito Sannitico
Sant’Agata di Puglia
Santarcangelo di Romagna
San Vincenzo
Santa Sofia
Scandiano
Sperlonga
Stio
Suvereto
Teglio
Tirano
Todi
Tolfa
Torgiano
Trani
Travacò Siccomario
Trevi
Turbigo
Usseglio
Vigarano Mainarda
Zibello – Comune di Polesine Zibello
Cittaslow Japan
Kesennuma
Maebashi-Akagi
Cittaslow Netherlands
Alphen-Chaam
Borger-Odoorn
Echt-Susteren
Eijsden-Margraten
Gulpen-Wittem
Heerde
Midden-Delfland
Peel en Maas
Vaals
Vianen – Vijfheerenlanden Town Hall
Westerwolde (Former Bellingwedde and Vlagtwedde Town Halls)
Cittaslow New Zealand
Matakana (Rodney District)
Cittaslow Norway
Sokndal
Ulvik
Cittaslow Poland
Barczewo
Bartoszyce
Braniewo
Biskupiec
Bisztynek
Działdowo
Dobre MIasto
Głubczyce
Goldap
Górowo Iławeckie
Jeziorany
Kalety
Lidzbark
Lidzbark Warminski
Lubawa
Morąg
Murowana Goślina
Nidzica
Nowe Miasto Lubawskie
Nowy Dwór Gdański
Olecko
Olsztynek
Orneta
Pasym
Prudnik
Rejowiec Fabryczny
Reszel
Rzgów
Ryn
Sępopol
Sianów
Sierpc
Szczytno
Wydminy
Cittaslow Portugal
Sao Bras de Alportel
Silves
Tavira
Viana Do Castelo
Cittaslow Russia
Svetlogorsk
Cittaslow South Africa
Sedgefield
Cittaslow South Korea
Cheongsong County (Pacheon-myeon)
Damyang County (Changpyeong-myeon)
Gimhae (Bongha Village & Hwapocheon Wetland Eco Park)
Hadong County (Akyang-myeon)
Jecheon City (Susan-myeon & Bakdaljae)
Jeonju City (Jeonju Hanok Village)
Mokpo City (Oedal Island/ Dali Island /Modern historical & cultural area)
Namyangju City (Joan-myeon)
Sangju City (Hamchang-eup, Gonggeom-myeon, Ian-myeon)
Seocheon County (Hansan-Myeon)
Shinan County (jeung-do island)
Taean County (Sowon-myeon)
Wando County (Cheongsando Island)
Yeongwol County (Kimsatgat-myeon)
Yeongyang County (Seokbo-myeon)
Yesan County (Daeheung & Eungbong-myeon)
Cittaslow Spain
Balmaseda
Begues
Begur
Bubión
Lekeitio
Mungia
Pals
Rubielos de Mora
Villa de La Orotava (Isle of Tenerife)
Cittaslow Sweden
Falköping
Cittaslow Taiwan
Dalin
Fonglin
Nanzhuang
Sanyi
Cittaslow Turkey
Ahlat
Akyaka
Eğirdir
Gerze
Gökçeada
Göynük
Güdül
Halfeti
Köyceğiz
Mudurnu
Perşembe
Şavşat
Seferihisar
Tarakli
Uzundere
Vize
Yalvaç
Yenipazar
Cittaslow Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
Geçitkale
Lefke
Mehmetçik
Tatlısu
Yeniboğaziçi
Cittaslow USA
Sebastopol
Sonoma
Cittaslow list by December 2020
Balmaseda, Basque Country, Spain

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1 comment

  1. Rubielos de Mora (Teruel) and Lekeitio (Vizcaya) are very beautiful and picturesque towns in Spain. I wasn’t aware they were part of this movement. Very interesting!

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