Slow Travel Italy

Slow Travel Italy

Often we take off on vacation, fill our days with sightseeing and wonderful adventures, and then return home, feeling exhausted and ready for another vacation! A new trend in travel, that is rapidly growing in popularity, aims to defeat this old way of vacationing and replace it with a more relaxed and immersive way to travel. 

Slow travel was developed in Italy and is quickly becoming the preferred way amongst tourists to see the country. It started off as a trend in Italy in the 1980’s known as the “slow food movement” and was a way of protesting the introduction of fast food restaurants. It was invented as a way for people to take time to slow down and enjoy the food they were eating and developed into a way of travel as well. Slow travel focuses on living more like a local and less like a foreigner. Spending time walking or biking from place to place, grocery shopping at local markets and cooking your own food are all part of the slow travel lifestyle. By embracing the local culture and striving to live like an Italian, you get the chance to truly soak up your surroundings and take in the sights at a leisurely pace. The emphasis of slow travel is to relax and enjoy every moment of your vacation instead of rushing through it, snapping as many pictures as possible and ending the trip exhausted.

Here are some tips to get the most out of slow travel:

  • Travel without a fixed itinerary and try to go with the flow as much as possible
  • Leave your watch at home
  • Choose to see one or two places while on vacation instead of a whole bunch. Spend as much time getting to learn as much as you can about these places instead of learning just a little bit about a lot of different destinations
  • Don’t be afraid of stepping off of the beaten path and getting lost. Sometimes some of the best adventures and most memorable experience happen when you least expect them
  • Be flexible and try something new
  • Walk or bike as much as possible and really take the time to view the sites around you
  • Live like a local. Join in on local festivities, eat where the locals eat and partake in activities that are designed more for the Italians than for the tourists
  • Spend time relaxing. Find a quiet park bench or sit out on your balcony and take some time to kick your feet up and just take a break
  • See the sites that you really want to see. Don’t just visit tourist attractions because you feel, as a tourist that you need to see them. 

If you are looking for a way to slow down the pace and really get the most out of your Italian vacation, then slow travel will allow you the laid back, relaxed vacation that you are looking for. After all, why not take a moment to just stop and smell the Italian roses. 

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