[Siena šŸ‡®šŸ‡¹] Urban Trekking to kick-off week of URBiNAT Consortium meetings and dialogues with Sienese partners

October 31, 2021

[Siena šŸ‡®šŸ‡¹] 31 Oct. Urban Trekking to kick-off week of URBiNAT Consortium meetings and dialogues with Sienese partners

31 October 2021 is the 18th National Day of Urban Trekking. In Siena, as in many other ItalianĀ cities, visitors will discover the territory through its bizarre characters. A healthy madness is, inĀ fact, this yearā€™s theme of a project that has become an unmissable appointment to discover the cityfrom new points of view.

This year, a delegation from the URBiNAT project, Urban Innovative & Inclusive Nature, will alsoparticipate in the Sienese edition. Urbinat is a project financed within the framework of theĀ European Horizon 2020 programme, in which Siena is partner with six other European cities.

This study visit is an opportunity to learn about a new approach to tourism, to rediscover theĀ hidden and most unusual aspects of our cities, and to export this format to a European context.

Indeed, one of Urbinatā€™s objectives is to identify, catalogue and experiment with what we callĀ Nature-Based Solutions (NBS),( i.e. nature-based solutions that help people live more sustainably,Ā both individually and collectively).

Urban trekking walks, including urban green areas and gardens, could therefore be included in theĀ catalogue of Nature-Based Solutions.

URBiNAT project partners will stay in Siena until 3rd November for the Annual Meeting. This is aĀ good time to evaluate the progress of the project and plan future steps.

Urban trekking is a form of ā€˜gentle sportā€™, suitable for all ages and all seasons.Ā It is a new way of experiencing tourism, less structured and far removed from the most popularĀ circuits. A sustainable and ā€œwanderingā€ tourism, more free and full of surprises, which favours theĀ most hidden and less known corners of Italian cities of art. The urban trekker, through itinerariesĀ designed by experts, has the possibility of living a unique travel experience, combining theĀ possibility of immersing oneself in art and nature while doing sport. As well as being an activity thatĀ is good for the body and the mind, urban trekking is also good for the city because it makes itĀ possible to decongest the areas crossed by traditional tourist flows, widen the range of visits to theĀ more peripheral areas of urban centres and extend stays.

The project was launched in 2003 in Siena and over the years has been joined by many ItalianĀ cities, towns and villages.

For more information about the the 2021 Urban Trek in Siena click HERE