Planning a "green" itinerary for a "slow" and sustainable tourism: The "Ferrovia Ciclabile Lucana", a territorial governance model
Luisa SPAGNOLI, Italian National Research Council - Institute of Mediterranean Europe History, Italy
Lucia VARASANO, University of Rome "Tor Vergata", Italy
The enhancement of itineraries crossing marginal areas and unused heritage can represent an opportunity to trigger territorial regeneration processes, giving back "meaning" to places very often defined as "slow" which, despite their peripheral and marginal condition, have an extraordinary unexpressed potential that is not always recognised by the communities to which they belong. In this sense, historical-cultural routes, soft mobility itineraries, greenways, etc. can be considered significantly important elements from which to understand the unique and peculiar characteristics of places and local communities.
This is the theoretical framework for describing the key issues of the research project "Lucanian railway landscapes for territorial sustainability and local development. A "green" path along the Lagonegro-Spezzano Albanese", coordinated by the Institute of Mediterranean Europe History-Italian National Research Council, which aims at integrating the National Strategy for Sustainable Development of the Ministry of Ecological Transition. The research, which complements the completed project on the transformation of the disused railway route into a greenway - 'la Ferrovia Ciclabile Lucana' - aimed to promote the 'greenway', its history and the places it crosses by focusing on several main themes: the historical infrastructure, nature trails, wine and food routes and historical-cultural routes, with a special focus on digital and interactive systems.
Focusing on sustainable and quality forms of tourism seems to represent a possible future scenario: moreover, the 'National Recovery and Resilience Plan' (PNRR), among the various policy objectives indicated as the main Italian and European response to the coronavirus crisis, also indicates the theme of the green revolution and ecological transition, highlighting the importance of sustainable mobility and cycle paths.
Keywords: Disused railways|Greenways|Sustainable Tourism|Marginal Areas