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IT.A.CÀ Migrants and Travelers 2015: Festival of Responsible Tourism

The festival IT.A.CÀ Migrants and Travelers dedicated to responsible tourism is back again this year and will focus on travel being an opportunity to learn and grow, with a look at the environment and a little bit of critical thinking about tourists.


This 7th edition has expanded and will double the number of cities involved in Emilia Romagna with Bologna, Parma, Reggio Emilia, Ferrara, Rimini, Ravenna and Forlì.  It will even crossover the regional borders invading, in the hopes of discovering, also Trentino and its nature parks. The program will be divided into two parts, one in Emilia Romagna from May 22 to June 2 and the other in Trentino from June 1 to June 7.


New hiking trails through the Apennines, journeys by train or by bike, urban itineraries, exhibitions, events, readings, concerts open to everyone, food and wine and competitions are just a few of the initiatives on schedule.



IT.A.CÀ hopes to create the opportunity to reconsider traveling not just as a simple vacation of transgression or relaxation, but as an experience capable of presenting a challenge, a risk, soliciting the desire to learn about and discover the world both near and faraway from home.  Responsible travel, in fact, begins and ends at home (ît a cà = are you home? in dialect of Bologna), any home, any "Itaca" to reach, where more than the destination it is the journey that counts and the way in which one takes on that journey.


IT.A.CÀ was created in response to the need to promote new tourism ethics geared towards increasing awareness among the tourism institutions, industry and workers for the sustainable and socially responsible development of our lands.


Today more than ever, responsible tourism does not only include safeguarding the environment but also keeping a close eye on the country's economy - promoting lesser known areas - and on each new Ulysses who prefers travel that is clean, easily accessible and affordable.


This year, besides looking at important places and lesser known areas of traditional tourism, the Festival will focus its program on cycling tourism, with all the potential development that this sector has recently revealed.  Besides the opening convention of the festival on Friday, May 22 at Palazzo d'Accursio in Bologna, entitled “BIKE TRAVELING: Getting to know and promoting Europe by bike, IT.A.CA will offer for the long weekend of May 30 - June 2 a magical journey with many means of transportation from Trento to Bologna along the waterways by train, bike and by boat. An event that will connect Emilia-Romagna and Trentino, passing through Peschiera, Mantova and Ferrara.


Also on May 22 the Sustainable Tourism Award 2015 will be given; this award is for the six best ideas of cultural, food and wine, and cycling tourism.  Among the many new aspects of this edition there will also be the presence of IT.A.CÀ in the square of AltraEconomia for the occasion of the EXPO in Milan (May 30-31).


The program

In Bologna and nearby areas there will be bike rides, hikes in unexplored areas, many of which will be promoted and organized by finalists of the past edition of the Sustainable Tourism Award, itineraries and workshops, expositions and tastings of typical local products, book presentations and films on the theme of responsible, green traveling.


In Parma there will be green itineraries, a weekend biking along to discover the river parks among ancient castles and eco-tastings (May 23-24), nordic walking hikes, trekking with donkeys, movies on responsible traveling, workshops for kids, and also meetings on green marketing to promote responsible tourism (May 23, Taro Park).


In Reggio Emilia, geo-explorations among the hills and the waterway landscapes up to the Po River, and then a new tourism route, for three days, that starts out from this city, runs along the river Crostolo and accompanies participants up to the National Park of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines.  And also: itineraries by train along the Reggio-Ciano, the first cooperative railway and riding trails on a mule.


In Ravenna, the Festival will range from the hills to the sea.  The calendar offers events such as hiking along rivers (the “VogaLonga” on May 24 with Trail Romagna), the presentation of the “Carta dell’Ospitalità Consapevole - Per la Romagna che fa bene” (Map of Aware Hospitality - for a Romagna that does good) at the Eco-Museum of Marsh Grasses, put together by the Gruppo di Marketing Territoriale, the “Pedaleda con magneda longa” (a bike ride) in collaboration with “Terre del Lamone” and the contest “Responsible Tourism Award” in and around Faenza area.


In Rimini, where responsible tourism is becoming an important theme in terms of diversification in this mass tourism town, CAST has organized a day of reflection on the theme of cultural itineraries designed to promote our lands.  There will also be an urban treasure hunt and a particular focus on itineraries in historic downtown and inland from the coast, both of which are not well known yet are of particular beauty and interest.


Closing the festival is Trentino, from June 1 to 7, which will offer hiking in natural parks in Adamello Brenta and Paneveggio Pale di San Martino and in the extensive network of nature reserves in Trentino, which contain rare natural treasures.  Furthermore, there will be hiking with donkeys along the paths of the Great War and a three day itinerary, with overnight stays in cabins, by horseback in Trentino and Alto Adige.



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Last modified May 14, 2019

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