Italy, from North to South a journey through the Slow Cities

From North to South, twelve days in your car to visit the cities of good living. An exciting and sustainable journey to look at Italy with different eyes.

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“The activist is not the man who says the river is dirty. The activist is the man who cleans up the river.”

Ross Perot

Twelve days from North to South, to discover the cities of good living among between small towns and villages. You’ll admire authentic places, curious individuals, to rediscover the concept of time, where man is still the protagonist of the slow, beneficial succession of the seasons; respectful of citizens’ health, the authenticity of the products and good food; rich in fascinating artisan traditions, precious works of art, squares, theaters, shops, cafes and restaurants, places of the spirit and unspoiled landscapes; characterized by the spontaneity of religious rites, respect for traditions, the joy of a slow and quiet life. The villages are characterized by countless festivals and events that all involve in a suggestive experience.


The cities of good living
Traveling slowly between villages and small town

You will discover municipalities and small towns that are the symbol of a type of journey out of time and chaos. It starts from Asolo, in Veneto, a magnificent village also called the city of a hundred horizons. We continue in Emilia Romagna with Brisighella, a hospitable land with high quality of life and sustainable tourism, recently awarded the title of being among the most beautiful villages in Italy. We pass through Tuscany with the beautiful Cortona, considered the Etruscan capital, enclosed by a wall where Etruscan and Roman features are still visible today. You arrive in Umbria where there are three slow cities, Città della Pieve, village of Etruscan-Roman origin, Orvieto, the capital of slow cities, majestic and fascinating city and finally Amelia located in southern Umbria. From Umbria to Lazio the step is short, Sperlonga, a small town in the lower Lazio region located in the province of Latina, in addition to offering some of the most beautiful beaches on the Peninsula, it is also one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. Let’s finish in beauty in Campania with Pollica and Gioi, other villages of good living and local tradition.

Typical products of the local traditions
Slow food from north to south

Along this route you will be able to appreciate the typical flavors of each town. In Asolo, you will have lunch in a private house and taste the typical wines at a local winery. Brisighella is the ideal place for a stay dedicated to well-being, culture and the pleasures of the table. The main product is represented by “Brisighelloextra virgin olive oil which boasts the European PDO. Do not forget the cheese tanned with seasoning in the chalk caves and many other excellent food and wine specialties typical of the area. In Cortona, you will admire several small shops selling handicrafts and local gastronomy along the main streets of the center. There will be a typical dinner to discover the typical Tuscan flavors. In Orvieto you will have the opportunity to taste the “umbrichelli“, a type of pasta made with water and flour and seasoned with truffles or mushrooms, or the excellent local meat served with wild chicory sautéed in a pan. In the Pollica area, visit a family organic farm that offers typical dishes of the poor Cilento tradition, all rigorously prepared with 0 km products, among which stands out a particuloar olive from Cilento, a Slow Food presidium. A stop for a typical workshop of “olives or figs” or products based on seasonality. It is impossible not to stop at Donatella a cheesemaker who, together with her husband, manage a farm. Their main product is the Cacio ricotta which is also a slow food presidium. To finish with fusilli and Gioi’s soppressata.

Pioppi and the Mediterranean Diet
Museum and lunch at Delia

Following the road along the coast, you arrive at Pioppi, the home of the Mediterranean diet. In the 60s the American physiologist Ancel Keys arrived in Pioppi and lived there for 40 years. He studied the benefits of the local diet, spreading the culture of the Mediterranean diet, made of healthy food, combined with a good physical activity typical of Cilento farmers , highlighting that the life of the local population was very long-lived. You can visit the Ecomuseum of the Mediterranean Diet at the Palazzo Vinciprova. For lunch, an unmissable stop at “A Casa da Delia“. Delia is the ex housekeeper of Ancel Keys and will offer you her hospitality by inviting you to taste some dishes preferred by the “Professor” so called by Delia, on the beautiful panoramic terrace of her house.

Experiences in nature
Trekking and bike rides

Let’s  start  with an e-bike experience in the hills of Asolo, to continue to Brisighella where nature and trekking lovers can immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the “Regional Park of the Romagna chalk vein“. A nature reserve with geological peculiarities and with very rich fauna and flora. In Sperlonga, you will find the most beautiful beaches of the Peninsula and the Grotta di Tiberio  a large natural rocky cavity open on the Tyrrhenian Sea. In Orvieto you can enjoy a healthy and regenerating walk around the ring of the cliff, a path of about 6 km that runs along the city walls surrounded by greenery from which you can admire a beautiful panorama. In Amelia, do not miss the surrounding landscape, notable for its variety of greenery: plantations of olive trees, vineyards and hills alternate with oak and holm oak woods. Walks and itineraries for trekking, cycling and mountain biking, trails for horseback riding.

A priceless historical heritage
Medieval villages rich in history and art

It is impossible to list in a few lines all the artistic and historical heritage that this journey through the Italian villages can offer you. City walls, archaeological museums, churches and underground cities, each city of the circuit can offer an invaluable heritage, to be explored slowly.

Note: The tour can be customized based on your needs and all the services are subject to availability at the moment of booking. The estimated rates must be confirmed at the moment of booking

Tour: what is included or excluded

Included in the price

  • 11 nights in a single room in B&B
  • 1 tour of Asolo and Villa Palladiana
  • 1 tour Asolo cinema museum
  • 1 lunch and 1 dinner in Asolo
  • Bike rental in Asolo
  • Wine tasting and visit to the cellar in Asolo
  • 1 dinner in Cortona
  • Guided visit in Orvieto
  • Aperitif in Orvieto
  • Laboratory at a farm in Pollica
  • Lunch at Pioppi
  • VAT
  • Assistance 24/7
  • Itinerary planning

Excluded from the price

  • Transportation
  • Tourist tax
    where applicable
  • Meals where not included

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    Italy, from North to South a journey through the Slow CitiesSlow Tour
    Duration - 12 Days
    Advised period - All year
    The tour starts from - Asolo
    The tour ends in - Pollica
    Num. of travelers - Min. 1
    Estimated rate (per person) - € 2400
    The rate is based on 1 people
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