The partners from Bulgaria, Malta and Province of Bologna had the opportunity to take part in the study visit to Valconca / Rimini and the festival “A passo d’uomo” – “At a walking pace” under the INTERREG IVC project Green Infrastructure Network, which took place on 7 – 9 September 2013
The CONCA PROJECT consists of a unitary project for thevalley: Main Green Ring – system of greenways, the Protected Landscape of the Conca River, good practices shared for a consistent territorial transformation, art workshops to the maintenance of the area and events – the festival “A passo d’uomo” – “At a walking pace”.
We enjoyed the events and the hikes organized during the festival and study visit.
On the 7th of September in the morning we had a nice hiking “Between the erbs and the fields” – a track that starts from the Albereto Castle with an environmental expert and a guide, among panoramic views, fields, olive tree groves and bad¬lands, we were fascinated by field erbs, learning how to classify them. The Albereto Castle overlooks a small ridge and recalls, with its name, the vegetation that covers the slope towards Marano.
A path with medium to high difficulties, short sections with moderate height differences and a 6km length offers the most beautiful panoramas and perspectives on the valley. Monumental centuries-old trees are standing along the track, protected by the Emilia-Romagna region.
On the 7th of September in the afternoon the participants took part in “A passo d’uomo” with “Italian Union of the Blind” and “Hope for dance”. The hike was opened to sigh and blind persons, the sensory hike was in the dark, with all participants blindfolded. It was unforgettable around the fields, the stream and the historical village as an experimen¬tal laboratory to make the hike tracks accessible to persons with reduced mobility and low vision. The hike was designed for 10 blindfolded participants, each accompanied by a guide. That was really good for our work as we work with people with different kind of disabilities.
On the 8th of September in the morning we enjoyed two passes: a more difficult “The woods of the Montepietrino stream” and an easier one between the Valliano museum and the Trarivi museum. We enjoyed the landscape, vineyards and the museums and found this combination as a very useful and unforgettable.
On the 8th of September in the afternoon we enjoyed the workshop “The bodies’ song” – one production by “Movimento Centrale” in collaboration with “A passo d’uomo”. The project intents to create a sound and video installation where the observer would abandon his confortable and safe position as audience to play an active role on scene.
The area is enclosed in the project of a light conservation area of the Conca Valley where the Province of Rimini supported interventions of reforestation and soil bioengineering.
On the 9th of September in the morning we had a brief illustration of the CONCA PROJECT, followed by a guided tour of different construction sites and tracks directly or indirectly derived from the Conca Project.
Along the Conca River we stopped several times: by the upper and medium section of the river and at last by the lower section of the river, at the mouth of the stream, along a track supervised and managed by the Province of Rimini and the Municipalities of Misano and Cattolica.
Although sometimes it was difficult to walk and climb we liked very much the study visit, the opportunity to combine nature with art, museums and learning about biological diversity. This could be transferred along the Maritsa River in Plovdiv district, Bulgaria, a NATURA 2000 site, in future. We have developed some draft project to restore, protect and use a territory of about 40 km along the Maritsa River in Plovdiv region. Maybe in the next programming period the municipalities could find financial support.
The programme of the festival was very intense, with many hikes, sometimes at high speed and lacks of facilities for rest and enjoyment more fully of nature and the beautiful landscape.
At last we would like to thank all Italian colleagues, representatives of different municipalities and friends for the excellent organization, warm welcome and wish them success in further activities along the Conca River and valley