Who said that to make nice hikes, you're forced to find hiking trails, hills or pilgrimage routes? The best slow mobility is often near our house, through the streets of our own cities.
Urban trekking is a great excuse to walk and move around a bit, a healthy practice that meets more and more people's desires and which promotion has greatly increased.
Among some initiatives, there is the Urban Trekking National Day, now in its 14th edition. It's a big party about sustainable tourism from North to South Italy offering a rich program of initiatives to find out, walking, the most charming corners of different cities, through routes that combine art, culture, spirituality and traditional products.
An interesting detail is that the Urban Trekking National Day offers to the participants fascinating routes in places often closed to the public or poorly crossed by traditional tourism.
The 2017 Edition, held the 31st of October, involves 62 Italian cities (see the list) in a thematic strand titled "Hiking through mysteries and legends". Hikers will discover the myths hidden within the historical centres of Italy, in a journey between past and present that will be an opportunity to take a dip in the glorious history of some of the most beautiful Italian cities.
The chosen routes are differentiated by length and difficulty, so that they can be crossed both by trained people and by less experienced hikers.
Needless to say, how much urban trekking organized in this way brings benefits to the body and mind. And more: making this type of 'gentle' tourism through the friendly walls brings advantages for the city itself because it relieves congestion on road traffic crossed by traditional tourist flows, widens the range of visits to the more peripheral areas of the centers urban and it also prolongs stays.
The 14th Urban Trekking National Day is part of the events of the "2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development" promoted by the UN Tourism Agency to raise awareness of the great heritage of different cultures and to reaffirm the need for careful, aware and respectful tourism of the cultural and environmental heritage.