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The project areas

Territorial areas involved in the project, from Po Delta until Gorenjska Region with Triglav National Park, Bled Lake, crossing Venice Lagoon and Karst, are characterized by a strong and differentiated tourist attractiveness and dispose of a rich heritage of landscape, tourist and environmental resources involving precious naturalistic areas, park areas as well as NATURA 2000 areas, SCI and SPA. They are areas characterized by the presence of Po Delta, one of the most important wetlands in Europe, by the presence of parks, rivers, channels, lakes and lagoons, peculiarity factors, common to all interested territories, where environment plays a main role as habitat, naturalistic laboratory to be proposed for observation, the study, the education as well as playground, that are quality areas to develop activities – above all sport activities – in the open air. Different tourist products enter in this concept, from the consolidated ones as cycle-tourism to the “new” ones, for Italy at least, as the activity along waterways (river tourism, canoeing, etc.) and birdwatching, that is a differentiated whole of “green” itineraries (the so-called greenways) and activities of “slow” fruition of high environmental value territories.

Ferrara Province

Many ways to be “Slow tourists”, from sky to waters. On a hot-air balloon, admiring the entangled games between earth and water, looking from the top; on foot, urban trekking through the Renaissance treasures; by bike, feeling the passion of a two-wheels ride on a fl at land, through the “Destra Po” cycling routes and all the tracks around the town. Dandled by the river, then, staring at the waterways landscape; or being amazed by the fl ight of a bird, while birdwatching; or enjoying a cuisine made of ancient tastes and traditions, typical of a land fi lled with unique emotions. 

Ravenna Province

The fulcrum of the Ravenna area is one of the most beautiful cities in the world: Ravenna itself which captures the light of ancient Byzantium in the gold of its marvellous mosaics. The blue of the Adriatic sea and the green of the territory’s luxuriant pinewoods and natural oases offer various opportunities for an active holiday in contact with nature, with itineraries by bicycle and on foot in areas and fl uvial parks, in the hill and in the beautiful Po Delta Park, a paradise for lovers of nature tourism and birdwatching 

Emilia-Romagna Po Delta Park

Po Delta Park includes staggering environmental testimonies, that entwine history, traditions, culture and art, offering to the visitor an uncommon and amazing landscape. The richness of the Park is due to the great diversity of environments, where several animal species can fi nd a shelter. This is a place made of traditions and ancient jobs, characterized by manufactures and examples of the way men managed the balance between nature and culture, and between ground and water in past years: tools for fi shing in the valley “lavorieri”, typical boats “batane”, fish traps, elements and tools of Salt civilization, dams, sewers, towers and abbeys.

 Veneto Po Delta Park

The Po Delta is one of the most representative coastal ecosystems in Europe. In the indisputable unique frame of the Po Delta Park it is possible to find an area created both by the action of the river and by the work of man who, during the centuries, has controlled its course and drained the land around it. In the Delta area, nature, history, tradition, culture and art intertwine to offer the visitor an original and surprising landscape. The area consists of different environments, each one with its own features: the countryside with paleoriverbeds, fossil dunes, embankments, lagoons, fishing valleys and sandbars 

Rovigo Province

Visiting the province of Rovigo means being in close contact with nature. The plains crossed by the slow fl ow of rivers, the scenic riverside roads that rise above the countryside and the Po Delta, suggest how to appreciate this land – slowly. It is pleasant going through this territory along numerous cycling routes, horse trails, waterways, or combining these means of transport, to discover new and varied landscapes that disclose the environment and the cultural heritage of the 50 municipalities composing the province of Rovigo, called Polesine. 

Venezia Province

Characterized by the combination of ground-water, the province of Venice has a precious natural and cultural heritage and offers visitors a wide range of resources: from wide sandy beaches, lagoons, pine forests to the coastal, the picturesque old towns, landscapes shaped by the reclamation works, to rural villages, the nature reserves, the walking paths and river. Surrounded by water and crossed by rivers that characterize a powerful image, this area is also characterized by the good wines from vineyards of the Doges, for its excellent fruit and vegetable production as well as the wide range of fresh fi sh of the Adriatic and the lagoon valleys.

Terre di Marca

The Province of Treviso, beautiful territory linking Pre-Alps with Venice lagoon, offers a precious variety of landscapes and memories of Veneto history. Among the different beauties of Treviso Marca; Portobuffolè village, plain landscapes, Piave, Sile and Livenza waterways; just on Livenza, in the fi eld of Slow Tourism project, a themed access point to this river system has been created. Treviso Marca is a destination for sport tourism and the numerous structures, the adherent to product club “Treviso: Province of Sport” ones, are able to offer a particular welcome for these exigencies.

 Alta Marca Trevigiana

The Alta Marca Trevigiana area represents the north side of Treviso Province from Monte Grappa towards Prealpi Trevigiane. In the middle there is Valdobbiadene crossed by Piave River. Just near Piave River have been built the facilities of the project “Slow Tourism”: they are small bowers for bird-watching activities. The Alta Marca offers a wide range of wonders to visit and enjoy: the historical and artistic heritage (from Canova in Possagno to Follina Abbey), the landscape, the ospitality and especially the typical products (Prosecco Docg, Cheese of Grappa, etc.)

Udine Povince

The Province of Udine, the largest of the four provinces of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region, includes 136 municipalities, ranging from the Alps to the sea. The province of Udine territory offers a lot of things, from the naturalistic and historical – cultural point of view. Among local nature trails, we recommend: Stella River, from near its mouth you can choose to continue to the historic center of Marano and the very popular Lignano Sabbiadoro peninsula; Natissa River that runs through Aquileia, famous archaeological site, which is also on the Unesco World heritage list, and fl ows into the Grado lagoon. 

Trieste Province

The Water Forest: Water is the guiding thread of the trail that winds along the Karst region near Trieste. The itinerary connects the two nature visitor centers in Basovizza and Bagnoli della Rosandra through forest paths and other trails. Using a multimedia device, hikers can get information on water presence and its variants: cisterns, ponds, limestone pavements, cavities intercepting underground water, flora and fauna of wetlands and river areas, ancient ice houses, watermills, falls, springs and an old wash tub transformed into a fi sh breeding pond.

 Triglav National Park

The Triglav National Park is the only Slovenian national park. The park is located in the Julian Alps, in the three-boarder Slovenia, Austria and Italy. The park was named after Triglav, the highest mountain in the heart of the park, which is also the highest summit in Slovenia (2864 m). The Triglav Natinal Park prides itself on pure waters, deep-cut gorges, remains of virgin forests, richness of biodiversity, and an eldorado of mountain fl owers including a number of endemic. In this area agriculture and nature conservation walk hand in hand, preserving the habitat for plant and animal species and natural resources needed for the survival of man.


Share the experience of kings, who, throughout history, have been fascinated by a view of the lake with an island and a church in its middle, overlooked by a castle situated on high cliffs above the lake, hot springs, the Vintgar gorge and its benefi cial climate – image of paradise were the words used by one of Europe’s greatest poets, France Prešeren, to describe the temple of the ancient Slavic goddess Živa. This has always been a destination popular to poets and novelists whereas it provides an inspiration to them. Bled is a majestic chamberlain at the gate of the Kingdom of the Goldenhorn, the very soul of Julian Alps and the Gorenjska region. And when you visit the church on the island, don’t forget to ring the bell so that your wishes come true...!


Don’t go to Bohinj if you seek for big hotels, cheap canteens, smoky buffets, bathing among screaming crowd, rows on cableways and ski lifts, cycling cutting across country, overtaking parachutists, parked automobile metals, littered lake beach, deafening music banging behind every bar counter, fairs of kitsch and fairs of nothing. Bohinj is a place in exclusive quarter of an ancient city; it is a tidy boutique gallery of selected and dearest that absolutely is not for sale. This dedicated place is open for curious, authentic seeking, adventurous, dreaming people as for the people, respective to the nature and culture. 

 Kranjska Gora

Kranjska Gora and its superb natural surroundings simply encourage visitors to try new activities. Its position, between sunny side of Karavanke and shady side of Julian Alps, enables unforgettable adventures as in winter or summer sports; mostly it is known as a ski town, but in the summer time this is an ideal starting point for Slovenian Alps conquering or just for hiking around picturesque surroundings where Martuljek and Peričnik waterfalls take a breath to every passer-by. And that is not nearly all, this is also a scene of important international ski competitions in alpine skiing on Vitranc and a scene of ski jumps in Planica, on the biggest ski jumping hill in the world. This is a country where you don’t need to do anything to enjoy yourself...

Old historical town centres: Jesenice, Radovljica, Tržič, Kranj, Škofja Loka

The cities and towns with venerable traditions are scattered across the high alpine mountains and softly rounded hills. Kranj with its surprising industrial, commercial, and cultural tradition which you can see in the museum of Khislstein Castle, and the millennium-old still today picturesquely medieval Škofja Loka that offers various kinds of experience of the cultural heritage. Because of the sunny position and healthy subalpine clime the historical town of Radovljica and the area offers pleasant break, walking and sport activities. The main identity of Jesenice is the iron work industry and daffodils that in spring cover slopes  of the Karavanke Range. Near Tržič, which boasts a long tradition of shoemaking, is the world-renowned Dovžanova soteska canyon with its many unique fossils.

The Soča Valley Kobarid, Tolmin, Bovec

Live your own unforgettable story, live the unforgettable Soča valley, which belongs to one of the most favourite destinations in Europe among seekers of active experiences. The Soča Valley, with its natural splendours, has long been a favourite among seekers of active experiences in Europe. The valley of staggering waterfalls and playful cascades, pools and ravines offers unforgettable, expert-guided kayaking and rafting tours, canyoning down mysterious tributaries, and other thrilling adventures. Spots beside the emerald river Soča from waterfalls Boka and Kozjek to glorious Tolmin gorges attract seekers of tranquillity as well those seeking adrenalin challenges. Stories of the surprising valley with turbulent and sad history will draw you to the Path of Peace, which connects the beauties of nature with memories of The First World War and the Soča (Isonzo) front.

The valley of Završnica in Zirovnica

Above the valley of Završnica the world of Karavanke is expanding with its biggest peak, Stol. The area is rich with natural, cultural and technical heritage. This is the craddle of Slovenian culture from which many men, who played decisive and signifi cant roles in Slovenian national development, had left: France Prešeren, Matija Čop, Franc Saleški Finžgar, Janez Jalen, Anton Janša. Today their birth houses and other cultural monuments create the Path of Žirovnica cultural heritage. The reachness of nature is the most beautiful in the Završnica Valley with the same named stream thats prings below Stol and runs into an artifi cial lake. This wonderful valley is favourable for active way of spending time and presents a starting point for many hiking tracks to Karavanke range.

The Poljanska and Selška Valley

 Countless picturesque natural attractions fl irt with numerous ethnological and handicraft traditions in the Poljanska and Selška valleys. In the ancient ironworking center of Železniki, bobbin lace making is preserved, and a famous gingerbread comes from Dražgoše, while Škofja loka still smells medieval... The area is intertwined with countless thematic trails, which are popular as for cyclist as for hikers, andamong them The Rupnik line is the most popular. This is a system of fortresses that was built before The Second World War as a defense system along the former border between the kingdoms of Yugoslavia and Italy. The defense line with its imposing fortifi cations and bunkers still remain, and the trail is a real treat for history lovers and nature enthusiasts.