Path near Chiarzuela


Revitalizing the trail network in the valley is a way of healing places, mending the social fabric, keeping memory alive, and projecting into a future of slow mobility.

As Robert Macfarlane argues, “paths are the habits of a landscape“. From this reflection and from observing the territory of the Silisia valley, the changes brought by the construction of the dam, the new serving infrastructures, and the revolutionized geographies, are even more profound than one could imagine. Mule tracks and paths have been abandoned where relations have become irrelevant, exploited and covered by asphalt roads where necessary, the rest left to reforestation by a community that has become smaller and older.

The idea of developing a ‘slow mobility for the future’ stems from the desire to initiate a new relationship with the landscape: a less passive one, caring for places and mending the social fabric in a futuristic way. Landscape archaeology, ancient human colonization, and forms of creative reinterpretation are grafted into a slow, long, and delicate work of territorial regeneration. Paths become functional again while enhancing the journey through human signs as forms of resistance in an increasingly less man-made environment, in wild and ever-changing nature.

The strategy includes both connections between hamlets and the recovery of missing links between CAI (Club Alpino Italiano, the oldest and biggest mountaineering association in Italy, in charge of national paths), as well as the connection between services (e.g. buses), points of interest (e.g. park gates) and new realities (e.g. staLìLab).

The recovery of the first two routes is underway for 2025:

1. Chievolis – Chiarzuela – Staligial – via Jouf/Staliros – Lago di Selva (CAI 966)

2. Lake Selva (CAI 966) – via Fratta – Staligial – Inglagna (CAI 393a) – Val – Posplata (CAI 396)

Project in progress

You might be interested in:

The first movement workshop in the Silisia valley

The docu about the past and future of this territory