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Cittaslow International
Formation15 October 1999 (24 years ago) (1999-10-15)
HeadquartersOrvieto, Italy
Region served
287 (January 2023)
Honorary President
Paolo Saturnini
International President
Mauro Migliorini - Mayor of Asolo
Secretary General
Pier Giorgio Oliveti

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][2][3][4][5][6]


Cittaslow was founded in Italy in October 1999, following a meeting organised by the mayor of Greve in Chianti, Tuscany.[7] A 54-point charter was developed, encouraging high quality local food and drink, general conviviality and the opposition to cultural standardisation.[7] In 2001, 28 Italian towns were signed up to the pledge, certified by trained operatives of Cittaslow.[8] The first Slow City in the English-speaking world was Ludlow, England, in 2003.[9] The movement 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.[citation needed] In June 2011, Gökçeada in Turkey became the first and only Cittaslow island.[10] Nearly a decade later in October 2020, Izmir, Turkey's 3rd metropolitan municipality, has become The First Cittaslow Metropolis of the World.[11]


There are three categories of membership: Cittaslow town (population less than 50,000); Cittaslow Supporter (population more than 50,000);[12] and Cittaslow Friend (individual or family).[13]

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.[citation needed]

The first town in England to become a Cittaslow city (and the first in the English-speaking world) was Ludlow[9] in November 2003;[14] the first in Wales was Mold.[14] There are currently three towns in the UK that are members.[15]

By 2007, several slow cities had been introduced across South Korea.[16]

Pijao, a small town in Colombia, is to become the first Cittaslow city in Latin America.[17]


Country Slow Cities Number
 Australia Goolwa, Katoomba, Yea 3
 Austria Enns, Hartberg, Horn 3
 Belgium Chaudfontaine, Enghien, Estinnes, Evere, Lens, Silly 6
 Brazil Socorro 1
 Canada Cowichan Bay, Lac-Megantic, Naramata, Wolfville 4
 China Yaxi, Jiangsu, Yanyang (Meizhou city), Jingyang, Fuling, Shimenshan, Yuhuzhen 2
 Colombia Pijao 1
 Croatia Bale, Makarska 2
 Denmark Mariagerfjord, Svendborg 2
 Finland Kristinestad 1
 France Blanquefort, Cazaubon, Creon, Labastide D’Armagnac, Le Haillan, Lectoure, Loix, Mirande, Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val, Samatan, Segonzac, Simorre, Valmondois 13
 Germany Bad Essen, Bad Schussenried, Bad Wimpfen, Berching, Bischofsheim, Blieskastel, Deidesheim, Hersbruck, Homberg (Efze), Lüdinghausen, Maikammer, Meldorf, Michelstadt, Nördlingen, Penzlin, Schneverdingen, Schwetzingen, Spalt, Stollberg, Überlingen, Waldkirch, Wirsberg, Zwingenberg 23
 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, Mulazzo, 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
 Luxembourg Clervaux 1
 Netherlands Alphen Chaam, Bellingwedde, Borger-Odoorn, Heerde, Midden-Delfland, Vaals, Vlagtwedde 7
 New Zealand Matakana 1
 Northern Cyprus Yeniboğaziçi, Lefka, Mehmetçik, Geçitkale, Tatlısu 5
 Norway Eidskog, Levanger, Sokndal 3
 Poland Barczewo, Bartoszyce, Biała Piska, Biskupiec, Bisztynek, Braniewo, Dobre Miasto, Działdowo, Głubczyce, Golub-Dobrzyń, Gołdap, Górowo Iławeckie, Jeziorany, Kalety, Kisielice, Lidzbark, Lidzbark Warmiński, Lubawa, Morąg, Murowana Goślina, Nidzica, Nowe Miasto Lubawskie, Nowy Dwór Gdański, Olecko, Olsztynek, Orneta, Pasym, Prudnik, Rejowiec Fabryczny, Reszel, Ryn, Rzgów, Sępopol, Sianów, Sierpc, Szczytno, Węgorzewo, Wydminy 38
 Portugal Lagos, Sao Bras de Alportel, Silves, Tavira, Viana do Castelo, Vizela 6
 Russia Svetlogorsk 1
 South Africa Sedgefield 1
 South Korea Cheongsong County (Pacheon-myeon), Damyang County (Changpyeong-myeon), Hadong County (Akyang-myeon), Jecheon (Susan-myeon & Bakdaljae), Jeonju (Jeonju Hanok Village), Namyangju (Joan-myeon), Sangju (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 Dalin, Fonglin, Nanzhuang, Sanyi, Zhutian 5
 Turkey Ahlat, Akyaka, Arapgir, Daday, Eğirdir, Finike, Foça, Gerze, Gökçeada, Göynük, Güdül, Halfeti, İznik, Kemaliye, Köyceğiz, Mudurnu, Perşembe, Safranbolu, Seferihisar, Şarköy, Şavşat, Taraklı, Uzundere, Vize, Yalvaç, Yenipazar 25
 United Kingdom Aylsham, Llangollen, Mold, Perth, Diss 5[15]
 United States Fairfax CA, Sebastopol CA, Sonoma CA 3

The goals and aims[edit]

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 also[edit]


  1. ^ Parkins, Wendy; Craig, Geoffrey (2006). Slow Living. Berg. p. 79. ISBN 978-1-84520-160-9.
  2. ^ Tranter, Paul J.; Tolley, Rodney (2020). Slow cities: conquering our speed addiction for health and sustainability. Amsterdam: Elsevier. doi:10.1016/C2017-0-03013-6. ISBN 978-0-12-815316-1.
  3. ^ Mayer, Heike; Knox, Paul L. (2006). "Slow Cities: Sustainable Places in a Fast World". Journal of Urban Affairs. 28 (4): 321–334. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9906.2006.00298.x. S2CID 154519365.
  4. ^ Knox, Paul L. (2005). "Creating Ordinary Places: Slow Cities in a Fast World". Journal of Urban Design. 10 (1): 1–11. doi:10.1080/13574800500062221.
  5. ^ Miele, Mara (2008). "CittàSlow: Producing Slowness against the Fast Life". Space and Polity. 12 (1): 135–156. doi:10.1080/13562570801969572. S2CID 144503210.
  6. ^ Çiçek, Mesut; Ulu, Sevincgul; Uslay, Can (2019). "The Impact of the Slow City Movement on Place Authenticity, Entrepreneurial Opportunity, and Economic Development". Journal of Macromarketing. 39 (4): 400–414. doi:10.1177/0276146719882767.
  7. ^ a b Knox, Paul; Meyer, Heike (2009). Small Town Sustainability: Economic, Social, and Environmental Innovation. Birkhauser. p. 43. ISBN 978-3-7643-8579-8.
  8. ^ Knox, Paul; Meyer, Heike (2009). Small Town Sustainability: Economic, Social, and Environmental Innovation. Birkhauser. p. 44. ISBN 978-3-7643-8579-8.
  9. ^ a b Patrick Barkham (13 September 2004). "Waking up to the joys of life in the slow lane". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 May 2021.
  10. ^ "cittaslow cities Aegean". Retrieved 6 July 2023.
  11. ^ "Izmir is Candidate to Become the First Cittaslow Metropolis | Cittaslow International". Retrieved 18 September 2022.
  12. ^ "Supporters".
  13. ^ "Join Cittaslow UK | Cittaslow". Archived from the original on 10 December 2012. Retrieved 19 October 2012.
  14. ^ a b Robinson, Peter; Heitmann, Sine; Dieke, Peter U.C. (2011). Research Themes for Tourism. CABI. p. 118. ISBN 978-1-84593-684-6.
  15. ^ a b Cittaslow UK Archived 28 December 2017 at the Wayback Machine Towns
  16. ^ Slow cities for the first time as Asian nations. (아시아 최초로 '국제 슬로시티' 지정) 2007-12-10
  17. ^ [dead link]

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