It is placed on the highest step of the podium for the Grand Tour Valle del Savio. Second Marche Region with Strade di Marca, third Lombardy Region with Valchiavenna cycle path. Special mentions go to the Autonomous Province of Trento for the Green Road of the Dolomites and to the Puglia Region for the Ofanto Cycle Route
Assigned the Italian cycling tourism Oscars, the Italian Green Road Award 2022 which sees on the podium the ‘green ways’ of the Italian regions that have distinguished themselves for their attention to slow tourism. The Emilia Romagna Region wins the seventh edition of the award with the Grand Tour of the Savio Valley. The Marche Region ranked second for Strade di Marca, while the Lombardy Region ranks third with the Valchiavenna cycle path. The jury also awards the Autonomous Province of Trento, already in first place last year together with Calabria, with a mention for the Green Road of the Dolomites, while the special mention of Legambiente is assigned to the Puglia Region for the Ofanto Cycle Route. Let’s see the winners in detail.
Emilia Romagna deserved first place with the Grand Tour Valle del Savio, Permanent route of 172 km on asphalt, disused roads, embankments, a ring route that runs through the six municipalities of the Union of Municipalities Valle del Savio, along the territories crossed by the river of the same name and through the Casentinesi Forest Park, Unesco heritage. The Grand Tour is full of services for cyclists and cycle tourists, all gathered in the Valle Savio Bike Hub, a public-private project that combines sustainability and innovation. The award “testifies to the strong commitment of the Region and the territory for the development of the regional cycle network, environmental sustainability and cycling tourism in general, a rapidly growing sector – declares the Councilor for Mobility and Infrastructure of the Emilia-Romagna Region, Andrea Corsini – Emilia-Romagna is a cycling region with projects of excellence at national level. Our goal is to reach the quota of 1000 km of cycle paths by 2025 and as regards urban centers to reach 20% of cycle mobility (share already implemented by cities such as Ferrara and Reggio Emilia). An objective of great importance for regional mobility. For this reason, the cycle paths have been fully included in the integrated regional transport plan “.
In second place the Marche Region with Strade di Marca, a permanent circular route of about 113 km on asphalt and low-traffic roads, involving 26 municipalities and 5 valleys, the Val di Chienti, the Val Potenza, the Val del Fiastra, the Vallesina and the Val Tenna. The itinerary touches some of the most beautiful villages in Italy and from Cingoli, the ‘balcony of the Marches’, winds through the territory of the Marche hills with services tailored to cilotourism. “The Marches are a region particularly suited to promoting and hosting slow tourism, in search of places and suggestions unknown to the general public – declares Francesco Acquaroli, president of the Marche Region and Councilor for Tourism – We want to consolidate this natural combination of bicycle enthusiasts. and sustainable tourism with the beauty of our sea and our hills. The recognition received confirms once again this vocation from the Marche region and will stimulate us, even more, to continue the work undertaken with ever greater enthusiasm and conviction “.
Third place for the Lombardy Region: the Valchiavenna cycle path it is a 42 km route mainly on asphalt that connects Lake Como to Val Bregaglia, on the Swiss border. It starts from Colico and runs along the Mezzola lake and the Mera river, until it crosses the city of Chiavenna, Orange Flag of the Italian Touring Club and Cittaslow. The route is equipped with numerous services for cyclists and interchange points with public transport (trains and buses). “This award is the demonstration that the work done in recent years is having success: cycling is a significant theme in Valchiavenna and the promotion of our destination cannot fail to pass through this aspect as well. But the work does not stop and, indeed, continues: in order to further expand the offer and meet the needs of our cyclists, the entire Mountain Community and all the individual Municipalities are investing in new sustainable routes and itineraries that we hope to reveal soon “, comments Filippo Maria Pighetti, director of the Valchiavenna Tourist Consortium.
There special mention by the jury goes to the Autonomous Province of Trento for the Green Road of the Dolomites, cycle / pedestrian path of about 58 km, almost all in asphalt, partly along the route of the old Ora-Predazzo railway, with connection to the cable cars. The cycle route unites, in a single itinerary, the Val di Fiemme and Val di Fassa, in the setting of the majestic Dolomites, a Unesco World Heritage Site. The route begins on the border with the province of Bolzano, in the locality of S. Lugano and ends in the locality of Penìa, in the municipality of Canazei. “It is a real pride for Trentino to receive this mention, because it recognizes once again the ability of our territory to offer two-wheel lovers an authentic and quality tourism, in which nature, culture and sustainability go hand in hand”, he says. the president of the Autonomous Province of Trento Maurizio Fugatti.
There special mention of Legambiente goes to the Puglia Region for the Ofanto Cycle Route which develops within the Regional Natural Park of the River Ofanto, between the provinces of Foggia and Barletta Andria Trani. It includes a main route from the Vulture to the mouth of the river in the Adriatic and a branch along the main tributary that connects the Apulian Aqueduct Cycle Route. A downloadable app summarizes all the services for cycle tourism and numerous ring routes allow thematic visits. “For some years the Puglia Region has been working on infrastructures and activities to promote the system of slow mobility routes, in line with national and European policies focused on sustainability – explains the Councilor for Tourism of the Puglia Region, Gianfranco Lopane – The enhancement of the Ofanto Cycle Route is part of regional policies geared towards sustainable tourism and the objectives of seasonal adjustment, diversification and internationalization of the tourist offer “.
The awards ceremony, tomorrow evening in Matera in Basilicata (region that won the special mention of Legambiente last year) with a real party in the new city, Capital of Cycle Tourism: today, on World Bicycle Day, the Basilicata Bike took place Forum dedicated to local tour operators, during which the 2022 edition of the bicycle Ecosystem market watch, edited by Banca Ifis, was presented.
Now in its seventh edition, the Italian cycling tourism Oscar it has a twofold objective: on the one hand to stimulate administrations to enhance their excellent routes, on the other hand to promote investments in cycle tourism as a driving force for a restart in line with the directives of the European Green Deal. For the territories and, in particular, the small villages, cycling is in fact a tourist with high added value and sustainable impact and green roads offer the opportunity to visit a region helping to support the local heritage. The jury, made up of journalists, opinion leaders, sponsors, experts and personalities from the bike, environment and tourism sectors, had to choose from the proposals presented by regions, territories and autonomous provinces, including Calabria, Campania, Emilia Romagna, Friuli Venezia Giulia , Lazio, Liguria, Lombardy, Marche, Puglia, Sicily, Tuscany, the autonomous province of Trento, Veneto and, for the first time, the Molise Region.
The 2022 edition of the Italian Green Road Award sees Banca Ifis as official partner, Istituto per il Credito Sportivo and Legambiente as sponsors and institutional partners, the participation of Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane and enjoys the support of the Basilicata Region (Department of Environment Apt Basilicata , Province of Matera and Municipality of Matera) which host the final event of the Italian Green Road Award 2022, convinced that cycle tourism increasingly contributes, in a sustainable way, to attracting visitors and enthusiasts.