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.
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.
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.
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
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)
Saint Antonin Noble Val
|Cittaslow Great Britain|
Berwick upon Tweed
Borgo Val di Taro
Castelnovo nè Monti
Castel San Pietro Terme
Castiglione in Teverina
Città della Pieve
Civitella in Val di Chiana
Cutigliano – Comune di Abetone Cutigliano
Francavilla al Mare
Gravina in Puglia
Greve in Chianti
Grumes – Comune di Altavalle
Monte Castello di Vibio
Orsara di Puglia
Pratovecchio – Stia
San Potito Sannitico
Sant’Agata di Puglia
Santarcangelo di Romagna
Zibello – Comune di Polesine Zibello
Peel en Maas
Vianen – Vijfheerenlanden Town Hall
Westerwolde (Former Bellingwedde and Vlagtwedde Town Halls)
|Cittaslow New Zealand|
Matakana (Rodney District)
Nowe Miasto Lubawskie
Nowy Dwór Gdański
Sao Bras de Alportel
Viana Do Castelo
|Cittaslow South Africa|
|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)
Rubielos de Mora
Villa de La Orotava (Isle of Tenerife)
|Cittaslow Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus|
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