the responsible tourist

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the responsible tourist

Even if for some people the discovery of our territory may only be a “short outing”, always bear in mind these rules as these can help you enjoy your trip:

 

  • Always travel with a spirit of humility and with a real desire to see and enjoy all the beautiful things that the territory can offer you.
  • Be aware of other people’s feelings; refrain from behaving in an offensive manner, especially when using your cell phone or camera.
  • Ask yourself if your enjoyment, during the trip, is to the detriment of someone or something.
  • After your trip, give yourself some to reflect and deepen the understanding of what you have just seen or experienced.

 

 

 In parks and green areas

  • Respect flowers and plants: their colours and scents are also there for those who will be passing by after you.
  • Should you happen to encounter any animals, keep to a safe distance as you run the risk of scaring them. Some of these animals are also afraid of dog, which for this reason should always be on a leash.
  • Amphibians, reptiles and invertebrates (insects, molluscs, etc.) also play a crucial role in maintaining nature’s balance, consequently they deserve your respect.
  • Mineral and fossils must be left where they are. They have been there for millions of years (also thanks to the respect shown them by those who came before you).
  • Learn how to listen to the sounds of nature. Lower your voice and switch on your senses. The Park is an entirely different music.
  • Do not throw any waste on the ground; if you decide to enjoy a picnic, collect your waste by separating plastic, paper, etc. and taking it to the nearest waste collection point (all parks feature one) or take it home with you.
  • Remember to plan your routes based on your technical ability, training level and taking into consideration the time needed to get back to the starting point.
  • It is important to equip oneself with suitable equipment and wear clothes that are comfortable and appropriate for sports activities, preferably wearing trekking or similar kinds of shoes.
  • In case of a long outing, bring food and water with you to avoid any dangerous drops of sugar levels in your blood or other health problems caused by hunger.
  • Prior to starting your trip, make sure your mobile phone is fully charged and that the numbers of the health rescue (118) and of the State Forestry Corps (1515).
  • Equip yourself with maps of the paths you intend to travel on, which are distributed free of charge by the local tourist associations known as Proloco.
  • In case of bad weather, do not stand near or under trees or pointy stones or objects that may act as lightning rods, keeping at a distance of at least 200-300 metres. It is preferable to take cover in caves or ravines.
  • Do not park cars on meadows and stay on paved roads.
  • Light barbecue fires only in specifically equipped area. Remember that all fires are a potential hazard for all green areas. Even in areas equipped for barbecues and with weather conditions which do not encourage the triggering of fires, always be fully CERTAIN that you have completely put out the fire, including any ashes.
  • If you stop to look at a water spring, remember that these are valuable water resources, an inestimable environmental (their biodiversity is one-of-kind and must be protected) and historical value typical of this territory.