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IT.A.CÀ, travelling in harmony with nature

New hiking trails along the Apennines, itineraries by train and by bike, urban tours, exhibitions, shows, readings, free concerts, food, wine and competitions to discover "exotic things at home".  Guests such as Michela Murgia and Wu Ming 2.

 

 

There is a full calendar of events on schedule from May 30 to June 8, in Bologna and other cities around Emilia-Romagna, for the sixth edition of ‘IT.A.CÀ – Migranti e viaggiatori", the festival of responsible tourism organized by the association Yoda and by the non-profits Cospe and Nexus Emilia-Romagna, together with the Associazione Italiana Turismo Responsabile (Aitr) and with the collaboration of more than 100 partners, from Anpi to Unesco.  Ten days of events to discover "exotic things at home" and to get to know territories and communities dedicated to slow tourism and not part of the traditional tourism circuits.

 

Today tourism – cruises, plane rides, and all inclusive holidays – is the fourth largest cause of environmental pollution in the world.  But, according to IT.A.CÀ, travelling can be different: a slow discovery, on foot, by bicycle or on horseback, looking for unknown corners, even if they are right next door.  “IT.A.CÀ aims to be a moment of reflection on "short trips" in one's own territory, in one's own city, to get in touch with the ever increasing ethnic and cultural diversity, to experience the excitement of travelling, but without necessarily going far away."

 

The many events of the festival have been created as moments to get together and reflect on the concepts of travel and hospitality, on immigration and global citizenship, on inequalities and development.


The program


IT.A.CÀ is a festival that expresses movement.  Leaving from Parma, it will go all the way down to Rimini, then back up to Ferrara and then finally in Bologna for the peak weekend from June 6 to 8. The tour will be dotted with events, exhibitions and concerts.


Starting out in Parma, where on May 30 there will be a convention on sustainable travelling with the awards ceremony of the literary and photography contest ‘Racconta la tua città’ and the competition ‘Adotta un turista’ on the most creative ideas for sustainable hospitality.  Also in Parma on May 31, a new hiking trip will start, with three days of slow tourism along the Alta via dei Parchi with tastings, overnight stays and artistic and convivial ‘intermissions'.  For information and reservations: http://viaggiverdi.it.

 

In Rimini on June 3 you can travel by boat along the ancient route of the Istria Stone, while in Ferrara bike rides are on schedule in the marshes of Argenta, intercultural walks lead by migrant guides and the awards for the competitions ‘Orizzonti estensi’ (for photography) and ‘Viaggi miranti’ (for short stories) which will kick off the Festival of Human Rights.

 

In Bologna, meetings, music, films and urban and country itineraries for both big and small travellers. On June 6 there will be a convention on responsible tourism and the heritage of humanity's places organized with Unesco for the Expo 2015, in which four winning projects will be awarded the Prize for Sustainable Tourism dedicated to valorizing and conserving the cultural, artistic and natural heritage of Bologna.

 

On June 7 and June 8 nature and music will take the stage with the "Eco-sonorous" hikes organized together with the Eco Music Festival.  In piazza Re Enzo, which will be the heart of the festival, there will also be markets of typical local products, workshops for kids, dance shows, book presentations (among others with Michela Murgia) and a reading-concert with Wu Ming 2 and Frida X.


There are also, lastly, the events dedicated to cycling, in collaboration with Salvaciclisti, from the outing to discover Bologna street art to a course for professionals to learn to make vacation packages, chose hotels and itineraries for cyclists, and even a party with cycling tourists from all over the world with music and tales of travels.  At Itaca also Simona and Daniele will stop by; they left Rome by bike on a world tour that will last 4 years called "Dai sette colli ai sette passi" and which will hit all of the seven highest mountains in the world.

 

DEALS AND DISCOUNTS
By buying the Bologna Welcome Card (€20) you get free admission to the palaces and museums, use of public transportation, guided tours of the city and discounts and special deals at more than 200 places (per information: tel. 051 6583111, booking@bolognawelcome.it)

The full calendar of events is available at the website IT.A.CÀ.

Last modified May 19, 2014

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