Cittaslow is an international network of towns united by their commitment to preserve local identity, improve quality of life, and promote sustainable development. The project was launched in Italy in 1999 and has expanded ever since, especially in Europe. The member towns adopt policies consistent with the organization’s philosophy, share ideas and experience with other members, and organize activities involving the local population. Research suggests that the project brings economic, social, and environmental benefits to member towns. However, the extent to which these benefits can be achieved in towns in developing countries is open to debate.


Cittaslow originated from the Slow Food movement, launched by Carlo Petrini in 1986 in Italy to promote local gastronomic traditions and sustainable agriculture. The Slow Food organization was founded in ...

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