Cammini e percorsi (Different paths)
State Property lends assets to those who are willing to reinvent them and make them interesting to tourists. "Routes and paths" is presented as a way of boosting "slow tourism", of the sort that means travelling by foot or on a bike to discover the most appealing places in the country.
The new project for valuing the territory's resources is called "Cammini e percorsi" (Different paths). The announcement that the State Property Office, in collaboration with Mibact (Ministry of patrimony, cultural activities and tourism) and Mit (Ministry of infrastructure and transport), has promised on its website, is aimed at people who have a keen sense of entrepreneurship.
Although it has been specified that an announcement for under-40s is the main focus, having to pay attention to the age limit does not seem necessary.
It is enough to be a part of a cooperative or association/company whose members have, for the most part, not yet reached middle age to be able to be involved in the project with full membership.
The basic idea is to recover public property that has been abandoned along old historical or religious paths that can only be reached on foot or by bike, by "lending" them to private bodies.
The places to be taken into consideration should ideally represent must-see breaks for lovers of "slow travel", which consists in throwing oneself into nature and travel without having to rush through long paths that are rich in history and religious tales.
To fill the void of tourism, that of welcoming, it would not make any sense to create new structures that can spoil the harmony of places, but to recover and promote something that already exists, even if it does so in a bad condition.
"Nothing is created, nothing is destroyed, everything transforms itself" (Lavoisier), it could happen by starting with a house and ending up as a hotel, by choosing an abandoned ruin to make into a welcoming inn.
One hundred and three opportunities across Italy
In total, the state property office has selected 103 facilities for promoting locations across Italy. Some of them belong to the state (forty three), some to territorial bodies (fifty) and some to Anas (ten) and are entrusted to have rights, through public notifications prepared for this summer, for nine years, plus nine...
There is also an extraordinary concession of fifty years for those operators that display that they can convert a resource that is important for the territory....