Who we are
‘Fuorivia’ is an italian composed word which litteraly means ‘off-path’. So what is it to go fuorivia? It is to go far away from your place and far away from what you already know.
FuoriVia is a non-profit Italian association which builds its activity around walking along historical cultural routes in Europe and in the Mediterranean. Walking is intended as a highly formative experience and as an opportunity to deepen the knowledge about landscape ecology, environmental analysis, geography, anthropology and history of the areas of study we walk through. FuoriVia (previously called Laboratorio Francigena) is continuing the experience of the Landscape Ecology Seminar promoted by the IUAV University of Venice held by Professor Virginio Bettini. Since year 2000, more than 1000 students, researchers, professors and amateurs have walked with us along Spanish Camino de Santiago (2000-2006, Map 1), Via Francigena (Rome – Canterbury 2007-2012) and southern Via Francigena (Rome-Brindisi 2013-2014, Map 2). From 2015 until 2019, we are walking along Via Egnatia, from Durrës to Istanbul, interacting with universities, local and national administrations cultural institutions, NGOs and local communities. FuoriVia project main goal is a strategic planning to support the development of Via Egnatia through the valorization and the requalification of this historical cultural route. FuoriVia project aims to promote and support environmental conservation and economic development of the whole area crossed by Via Egnatia, as well as enhancing the quality of life of local communities, adopting a sustainable and participative approach.
What we do
From the year 2000, every summer a huge group of people, composed of students, ex-students, professors, researchers and walkers, walk for 15 days along historical cultural routes. This experience combines the theoretical basis with the practical one, stimulating student-professor and student-student interaction. It allows to go through a new way of attending university. In this sense, “walking” experience is used to enhance awareness and new interests. The walk becomes a place of experimentation, where it is possible to try a different way of planning; on the one hand, it allows to discover an historical cultural route that merge different territories and cultures; on the other hand, it allows to analyse territories as a complex system, rich of resources. The project aims to rediscover historical cultural routes, through the creation of strong collaborations between different fields, like as urban planning, ecology, landscape architecture, tourism, geography, urban sociology, anthropology and archeology.
The Association aims to give to each participant the analysis capacity of the territory, the landscape and the planning; it would like to give an integrated teaching model, that facilitates the interaction between students of different classes; it aims to upsetting the traditional form of lectures, by promoting the study approach “learning by doing”; it aims to permit the walking path construction through the study of the landscape history, cartography and socio-cultural relations of the places that we cross; it aims to interact with local administrations and institutions that deal with the issues addressed; it aims to learn the walking philosophy into the intermediate stages and during the walking activities; it aims to encourage the establishment of relationships between experts subjects who already made the journey – “veterans” – , and whom will do it for the first time, in order to improve the community spirit. FuoriVia Association aims to promote the walking practice, the slow trip in all its forms, the sustainable tourism practices and solidarity, through study, research, teaching and design.
These objectives will be pursued rediscovering historical, natural and cultural paths through field research, study and analysis. We aim to support routes recognition and protection by local national and international organizations. In order to pursue these goals we need to create stable networks and interaction with local communities, through active listening, involvement and participatory planning.