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Cittaslow is an organisation founded in Italy and inspired by the slow food movement. Cittaslow's goals include improving the quality of life in towns by slowing down its overall pace, especially in a city's use of spaces and the flow of life and traffic through them.[1] Cittaslow is part of a cultural trend known as the slow movement.

Cittaslow International
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Cittaslow logo
MottoInternational Network of Cities where living is good
Formation15 October 1999 (19 years ago) (1999-10-15)
HeadquartersOrvieto, Italy
Region served
192 (November 2014)
Honorary President
Paolo Saturnini
International President
Stefano Pisani
Secretary General
Pier Giorgio Oliveti
AffiliationsSlow Food


Cittaslow was founded in Italy in October 1999, following a meeting organised by the mayor of Greve in Chianti, Tuscany.[2] A 54-point charter was developed, encouraging high quality local food and drink, general conviviality and the opposition to cultural standardisation.[2] In 2001, 28 Italian towns were signed up to the pledge, certified by trained operatives of Cittaslow.[3] It expanded broadly beyond Italy and, by 2006, national Cittaslow networks existed in Germany, Norway and the United Kingdom. By mid-2009, fourteen countries had at least one officially accredited Cittaslow community. In July 2009, the small seaside village of Cowichan Bay in Canada became the North American continent's first Cittaslow town.


There are three categories of membership: Cittaslow town (population less than 50,000); Cittaslow Supporter (population more than 50,000);[4] and Cittaslow Friend (individual or family).[5]

Like Slow Food, Cittaslow is a membership organisation. Full membership of Cittaslow is only open to towns with a population under 50,000. To become eligible for membership, a town must normally score at least 50 percent in a self-assessment process against the set of Cittaslow goals, and then apply for admission to the appropriate Cittaslow national network. An annual membership fee is payable by towns.

The first town in England to become a Cittaslow city was Ludlow; the first in Wales was Mold.[6] There are currently five towns in the UK that are members.[7]

Slow cities have been introduced[when?] across Asia.[8]

Pijao, a small town in Colombia, is to become the first Cittaslow city in Latin America.[9]


Country Slow Cities - November 2014 Number
  Australia Goolwa, Katoomba, Yea 3
  Austria Enns, Hartberg, Horn 3
  Belgium Chaudfontaine, Enghien, Estinnes, Evere, Lens, Silly 6
  Canada Cowichan Bay, Naramata, Wolfville, Lac-Megantic 3
  China Yaxi, Jiangsu, Yanyang (Meizhou city), Jingyang, Fuling, Shimenshan, Yuhuzhen 2
  Colombia Pijao 1
  Denmark Mariagerfjord, Svendborg 2
  Finland Kristinestad 1
  France Blanquefort, Creon, Labastide D’Armagnac, Loix, Mirande, Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val, Segonzac, Valmondois 8
  Germany Bad Schussenried, Berching, Bischofsheim, Blieskastel, Deidesheim, Hersbruck, Lüdinghausen, Nördlingen, Penzlin, Überlingen, Waldkirch, Wirsberg, Bad Essen 12
  Hungary Hódmezővásárhely 1
  Iceland Djúpivogur 1
  Ireland Clonakilty 1
  Italy Abbiategrasso, Acqualagna, Acquapendente, Altomonte, Amalfi, Amelia, Anghiari, Asolo, Barga, Bazzano, Borgo Val di Taro, Bra, Brisighella, Bucine, Caiazzo, Capalbio, Casalbeltrame, Castel Campagnano, Castel San Pietro Terme, Castelnovo ne' Monti, Castelnuovo Berardenga, Castiglione in Teverina, Castiglione Olona, Cerreto Sannita, Chiavenna, Chiaverano, Cisternino, Città della Pieve, Città Sant'Angelo, Civitella in Val di Chiana, Cutigliano, Ficulle, Fontanellato, Francavilla al Mare, Galeata, Giuliano Teatino, Gravina in Puglia, Greve in Chianti, Grumes, Guardiagrele, Levanto, Marradi, Massa Marittima, Monte Castello di Vibio, Morimondo, Montefalco, Novellara, Orsara di Puglia, Orvieto, Pellegrino Parmense, Penne, Pianella, Pollica, Positano, Pratovecchio Stia, Preci, Ribera, San Gemini, San Miniato, San Potito Sannitico, San Vincenzo, Santa Sofia, Santarcangelo di Romagna, Scandiano, Sperlonga, Suvereto, Teglio, Termoli, Tirano, Todi, Tolfa, Torgiano, Trani, Trevi, Vigarano Mainarda, Zibello 75
  Japan Kesennuma, Maebashi-Akagi 1
  Netherlands Alphen Chaam, Bellingwedde, Borger-Odoorn, Heerde, Midden-Delfland, Vaals, Vlagtwedde 7
  New Zealand Matakana (Rodney District) 1
  Northern Cyprus Yeni Boğaziçi, Lefka, Mehmetçik, Geçitkale 4
  Norway Eidskog, Levanger, Sokndal 3
  Poland Barczewo, Bartoszyce, Biskupiec, Bisztynek, Dobre Miasto, Goldap, Górowo Iławeckie, Kalety, Lidzbark Warminski, Lubawa, Murowana Goślina, Nidzica, Nowe Miasto Lubawskie, Nowy Dwór Gdański, Olsztynek, Pasym, Prudnik, Rejowiec Fabryczny, Reszel, Ryn 17
  Portugal Lagos, Sao Bras de Alportel, Silves, Tavira, Viana do Castelo, Vizela 6
  South Africa Sedgefield 1
  South Korea Cheongsong County (Pacheon-myeon), Damyang County (Changpyeong-myeon), Hadong County (Akyang-myeon), Jecheon City (Susan-myeon & Bakdaljae), Jeonju City (Jeonju Hanok Village), Namyangju City (Joan-myeon), Sangju City (Hamchang-eup, Gonggeom-myeon, Ian-myeon), Shinan County (Jeung-do island), Wando County (Cheongsando Island), Yeongwol County (Kimsatgat-myeon), Yesan County (Daeheung & Eungbong-myeon) 11
  Spain Begur, Bigastro, Lekeitio, Mungia, Pals, Rubielos de Mora 6
  Sweden Falköping 1
   Switzerland Mendrisio 1
  Taiwan Fonglin 1
  Turkey Akyaka, Muğla, Eğirdir, Gerze, Turkey, Gökçeada, Göynük, Halfeti, Perşembe, Seferihisar, Şavşat, Taraklı, Uzundere, Vize, Yalvaç, Yenipazar, Aydın 14
  United Kingdom Aylsham, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Llangollen, Mold, Perth 5[7]
  United States Fairfax CA, Sebastopol CA, Sonoma CA 3

The goals and aimsEdit

There are 50 goals and principles that each Cittaslow town commits to work to achieve. They serve as benchmarks to improve the quality of life in each city.

The main aims of the movement are[citation needed]:

  • making life better for everyone living in an urban environment
  • improving the quality of life in the cities
  • resisting the homogenization and globalization of towns around the globe
  • protecting the environment
  • promoting cultural diversity and uniqueness of individual cities
  • providing inspiration for a healthier lifestyle

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Parkins, Wendy; Craig, Geoffrey (2006). Slow Living. Berg. p. 79. ISBN 978-1-84520-160-9.
  2. ^ a b Knox, Paul; Meyer, Heike (2009). Small Town Sustainability: Economic, Social, and Environmental Innovation. Birkhauser. p. 43. ISBN 978-3-7643-8579-8.
  3. ^ Knox, Paul; Meyer, Heike (2009). Small Town Sustainability: Economic, Social, and Environmental Innovation. Birkhauser. p. 44. ISBN 978-3-7643-8579-8.
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  6. ^ Robinson, Peter; Heitmann, Sine; Dieke, Peter U.C. (2011). Research Themes for Tourism. CABI. p. 118. ISBN 978-1-84593-684-6.
  7. ^ a b Cittaslow UK Towns
  8. ^ Slow cities for the first time as Asian nations. (아시아 최초로 '국제 슬로시티' 지정) 2007-12-10
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