The rurAllure network is ever growing, having its latest entry of GAL Patavino – Gruppo di Azione Locale, a consortium founded in 1994 which comprises 28 private and public partners from the Italian region of Veneto.
The GAL, financed by the Rural Development Programme for Veneto, manages community projects focused on economic development of rural areas. This organisation covers 44 municipalities located in the area southwest of Padua and develops initiatives in various sectors, such as agriculture, crafts, trade and tourism.
Gal Patavino actively collaborates with the Homo Viator – San Teobaldo Foundation, one of the main contributors to the rurAllure pilot “Thermal Heritage along the Ways to Rome” together with the European Association of the Via Francigena ways , the Universities of Bologna, Padua, Venice and Madrid.
“The synergy between the GAL Patavino and the Homo Viator – San Teobaldo Foundation, was born to share initiatives for the enhancement of the territories, starting from the ancient routes that imprinted the characters of our cultural identity – declared the President of the LAG Patavino Federico Miotto, – We conduct various activities together, because the Via Romea Strata crosses a large territory of the GAL Patavino and because both of our organisations value sustainabe use of rural areas. The GAL included the Homo Viator San Teobaldo Foundation to the group of stakeholders participating in the definition of the development strategy of the Veneto region from the Euganean Hills to the Adige. It was therefore natural to respond positively to the proposal to join the rurAllure project, which will allow us to consolidate the results of the investments that we are both making to the development of rural tourism, with a European and environmental perspective.”