The Cittaslow movement was born in Italy in 1999. Cittaslow is Italian for Slow Town or Slow City. Back then The Mayor of Greve in Chianti, Paolo Saturnini, had an idea. He saw how the Slow Food movement changed people’s attitudes to food and began to develop concepts that expanded the Slow ethos across the entire fabric of a town. Paolo met with the Mayors of four other Italian towns who then also gained the support of Carlo Petrini, the president of Slow Food. From here a constitution was formed and Cittaslow began to discuss how towns could develop with ‘quality of life’ as the core philosophy.
Today, Cittaslow towns use cutting edge technology in communication, transport, conservation and infrastructure. We use these tools to live slowly, to remain connected with our natural environment and the procession of the seasons, to care for residents’ health and local traditions. We support local businesses and promote authentic local products, crafts, the arts and good food. The strong community networks we champion encourage people to value the parks, squares, theatres, shops, cafes, wild spaces and urban environment that are our homes.