I bet not many of you know about the Slow Tourism Club in Italy! I am very excited to share this little secret with my readers because the club is right up my street: it promotes Italian holidays slow style, helps to find places not frequented by tourists, and encourages interaction between residents and travelers that respects natural and cultural diversity. And on top of that it helps you to SAVE MONEY while travelling in Italy!
Slow Tourism is a non-profit association founded in Italy in 2007 to promote slow travel focused on making connection with the territory and discovering local life. I have to say that their website is not very user-friendly but I was patient enough to comb through all pages and found some fantastic things!
You can become a member of the Slow Tourism Club for free by filling out an online form.
After that you will receive via email a Slow Tourism Passport that entitles you to a 10% discount when you stay in a structure that is member of the Slow Tourism Club network. Here is the full list of them which is constantly updated. All of the farms, B&Bs, hotels and hostels listed provide more than just a place to stay: they have strong connections with the territory, serve and sell local produce and in one way or another help their guests to explore the area.
You can search the structures from the home page of the website as well.
When you become a member of the club you agree to receive occasional newsletters with special offers. You can also find them on one of the pages on the website. At the moment there is, for instance, an offer from B&B Il Noceto in Lazio that includes one night accommodation, breakfast and a guided walk to Castel San Pietro Romano nearby, all for €25 per person (minimum two people).
On the Tours page you can find some excellent trips for very sensible prices. There is a trip on a bike to the beautiful Ferrara in Emilia-Romagna for €75 (includes one night in a hotel, breakfast, dinner and bike rental). Another offer that really took my fancy is a 3-day cookery course in Piedmont for €215 (minimum 8 people).
You can find a lot of information (in Italian) about upcoming events on the website. Please note that the offers above were available at the time of writing.
Happy slow travel!
Photos from Slow Travel Club