Slow Italy is the first slow traveler’s guide to Italy and the Italian way of life, created by the founder of YourguidetoItaly.com, who has been promoting a slow and deeper way of traveling in Italy since 2005.
The principle of slow travel is to stay longer in fewer places, allowing quality time to be spent exploring each destination thoroughly rather than attempting to squeeze as many sights or cities as possible into each trip.
Slow Italy suggests different ways and itineraries to (re)discover Italy, which are both inspiring and more sustainable, by creating benefits for the local communities and diverting travelers away from the usual, saturated tourism hot spots. Not only is that a more responsible way of traveling, in terms of carbon footprint and local impact, but it also allows to be more connected with the places we visit.
The articles cover either a specific region or city, or an unusual itinerary across several regions of Italy, themed around a common, specific topic. They are based on the author’s first-hand experience while traveling, visiting, exchanging with locals, as well as on her pre- and post-travel research to prepare and document her travels.
Slow Italy also strives to show that slow and deep travel is not confined to a specific type of traveling. It can be practiced everywhere in Italy and transcends every segment and every type of traveling, be it backpack travel, budget travel, ultimate luxury travel, cultural travel, adventure travel, solo travel or family travel. Actually, one of Slow Italy’s categories is called “Slow & Chic”, meaning that a truly authentic experience and some added luxury are not necessarily mutually exclusive or detrimental to the flexibility of the independent and responsible traveler. Especially in Italy.
For more information about the author’s background, read about me.