Toscana Slow

25 Nov 2001

Few regions in Italy have preserved their natural scenery and traditions as well as Tuscany has. A cradle of Italian culture, it boasts an incredible artistic and gastronomic heritage. Now with Toscana Slow, coordinated by the Tuscan Regional Authority and Slow Food, the region is about to open its doors and reveal its treasures to the world.
It was no easy task to roll all the treasures of Tuscany together into one event. But the program – devised according to innovative new criteria – really does offer something for everyone. From art to natural landscape, from the peasant tradition to the joys of the table – Toscana Slow brings together all these centuries-old attractions and pleasures.
The idea of combining all the aspects which go together to form a cultural identity – something of a symbol of Italy – that fascinates people all over the world, is a good one and an admirable one. In this way, it will be all the easier to understand just how important it is to protect the landscape and food traditions, which are just as important as the monuments and museums that will serve as venues for the whole event.
Toscana Slow will be a new way of presenting and enjoying Tuscany, guiding visitors round one of the regions which best represents the greatness and goodness of Italian food and wine. It will, in short, be an opportunity not to be missed – an opportunity you can exploit to enhance your cultural baggage. Rest assured that Tuscany won’t disappoint you.

Carlo Petrini

First printed in Specchio of La Stampa on 25/11/2001

(adapted by John Irving)

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