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Slow is the Way to Go in Umbria
Slow is the Way to Go in Umbria
Bright red poppies bloom in an Umbrian landscape
What do the Italian towns of Greve in Chianti, Levanto, and Trani have in common with Sonoma, California and Yaxi in China? All five are part of the international "Slow City" movement – 195 cities worldwide and growing – that is an outgrowth of the very successful "Slow Food" concept started almost 30 years ago in the Piedmont region of Northern Italy. It is the core values of small-town Italian life (a sense of community, a lack of stress, and the guarantee of high-quality, healthful food) that unite these two movements whose watchword is sustainability and whose symbol is the slow but steady snail. Not just any community can display the increasingly popular snail logo; first of all, a population of less than 50,000 is necessary to become a "Slow City," disqualifying popular tourist destinations like Rome, Florence, and Venice right from the start. Size isn't the only requirement, however; Slow Cities must agree to: Recycle and reduce pollutants from traffic and industry. Encourage food production by natural, environmentally friendly techniques while discouraging the use of genetically modified ingredients in restaurants and schools. Safeguard the production of local, traditional goods which help maintain an area's cultural history. Promote hospitality and tourism ...

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