New approaches and methods to preserve and enhance long-distance walking routes

Track 5 – Special session

Thursday, 21st July 2022 from 14:00 to 16:00 | Seminar room 1

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Organisers: Giulia Motta Zanin (Polytechnic University of Bari), Daniele Vettorato (Eurac Research), Francesco Bruzzone (IUAV, Polytechnic of Torino), Andrea Omizzolo (Eurac Research), Fuorivia Cultural Association

Keywords: Long-distance and historical-cultural walking routes, Landscape ecology, Eco-Tourism, Socio-Economic rural development, Multi-actor and inter-scalar approaches

Journal publication: Plurimondi


The interest in preserving and enhancing long-distance walking routes (LDWR) has increased in the last few years in Europe and around the World. LDWR are more and more important not only as tourism infrastructures and attractions, according to mainstream territorial development narratives, but also for their historical, cultural, environmental and socio-economic intrinsic values. In fact, the affordances and attractiveness of such routes may emphasize different dimensions: the spiritual one of following an ancient pilgrimage trail, the environmental one of walking through nature or the cultural one of rediscovering historical and cultural values of heritage routes. LDWR, thus, may also pivot around literary or gastronomic themes, thus intersecting common cultural tourism topics. Indeed, along these routes, local, national and transnational policies are under implementation, aiming at supporting heritage-based local development strategies of  lesser known, isolated and remote regions. LDWR makes it possible to involve these places in a network that can help them overcome marginalization and the difficulties they encounter in valorizing their tangible and intangible resources. Therefore, preserving and enhancing LDWR become an interesting entry point for a place-making strategy, where innovative eco-slow speed, multi-actor and inter-scalar approaches and methods can be tested.

This session welcomes research papers addressing the challenges of long-distance walking routes as drivers for regional development from a variety of perspectives:

  • Innovative methods and solutions to plan and map LDWR
  • Engagement of local communities for the preservation and enhancement of LDWR
  • Touristic models based on LDWR for a sustainable region development
  • Landscape ecology as an approach for interpreting the territory
  • Historical elements to rediscover LDWR
  • Enhancement of the intangible heritage linked to the cultural values of the paths
  • Experiences of integrated and intermodal mobility for the promotion of trans-frontier connections hinged on LDWR
  • The role of LDWR and experiential tourism for the revitalization of marginal regions


  • 571 Bertocchi, Dario – Uncovering walking routes. The role of community participation to develop walking tourism
  • 620 Rovigatti, Pietro – Looking for Tratturo Celano – Foggia, 1 – 8 october 2021, a teaching and a third university mission experience
  • 656 Milano, Antonella Marlene – Historical investigation as a methodological approach for the design of interventions for the enhancement of ancient tracks: the case of the transhumance routes (tratturi) of Apulia Region in Southern Italy.
  • 676 Melilli, Giulia – The role of long-distance walking routes in fostering post-experience Environmentally Responsible Behaviours: opportunities for nature conservation
  • 719 Motta Zanin, Giulia – Via Egnatia: developing a new sustainable walking route in eastern Europe
  • 720 Incarnato, Luigi – The Coast of Sirens: from Paestum to Palinuro and Policastro

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