From September 22 to 24, you can take part in the Slow Travel Fest in Monteriggioni, the first Italian festival dedicated to slow travel. Through excursions, walks, talks, music, street performances and nature, these three days will be entirely dedicated to rethinking space and territory at “low speed”.
The festival is focused on different kinds of travellers with a shared passion for slow travel: people who enjoy walking, cycling or photography, people wishing to get involved in outdoor activities, others who enjoy faith-based tourism or people who just want to sip a glass of wine in Monteriggioni’s centre while listening to music.
The Slow Travel fest offers a rich program of activities for the whole family: you can experience a barefoot sensory walk or an excursion exploring the plants and animals along the Via Francigena. There will be workshops for children, nighttime walks, Nordic walking lessons, cycling tours, concerts and street performances.
The locations need no introduction: Monteriggioni, approximately 14 km north of Siena and 60 km south of Florence, is a small, walled ancient town nestled amid stunning rolling hills in the countryside. The hamlet of Abbadia a Isola has recently been restored and completed with the addition of a pilgrims’ hostel. It is the second festival location and is just three kilometres along the Via Francigena from Monteriggioni.
Slow Travel Fest is organised by ciclica.cc and Il Movimento Lento, in collaboration with the Tuscan Regional Council, Toscana Promozione and Monteriggioni Town Council. Main festival partners are SloWays and the Associazione Europea delle Vie Francigena.
Cover image credit: Slow Travel Fest