At SloWays, we specialize in self-guided walking tours along Via Francigena and great distance routes in Italy and Europe.
As the name suggests, self-guided trips do not provide for a group or a guide: you not only choose your own itinerary, but you can also decide on when to leave, who you want to travel with, what pace to keep, and many other little things that will make your holiday truly yours.
This type of holiday is widely known and appreciated in Europe and worldwide: we wanted to bring it to Italy because we believe it's an incredible way to travel, perfect for the needs of many travellers who may not enjoy travelling in groups but want to be supported in planning their holiday and while walking.
Via Francigena is our specialty: we are the official technical partner of the European Vie Francigene association and manage the official online shop, which sells credentials, gadgets, and guidebooks for Via Francigena and other Italian caminos.
The company was founded in 2014 after a 2,500 km bike trip through Italy. We have strong roots: SloWays is part of an international network with offices in six European countries that has designed active trips and traced walking and cycling routes for more than 20 years.
On our website you will find walking tours along Italian and European routes, as well as holidays along the best walking itineraries in Spain, France, England, Greece, and other European countries, all carefully designed and scouted by our team.
Experts in Cycling and Walking itinerary
- 20+ years of experience in designing walking trips
- We have walked all the trips before you do
- All trips scouted and designed by our staff
- We know what walkers need and design our holidays based on that
Experts in self-guided trips
- The itinerary you want, when you want, with whoever you want
- We think about everything – relax and enjoy the trip
- We book comfy accommodation for a great rest
- Bag transfer always included to travel light
- Customized app and detailed documentation
Specialized on Via Francigena
- Official Partner of Vie Francigene Association
- We offer the complete Camino fron Canterbury to Rome
- We’ve walked the route multiple times
- We manage the official VF shop
Slow Travel for everyone
- Our travel advisors will help you choose the right holiday
- We can customize the trip and shorten the daily walks
- Center based or weekend trips to start on the right foot
- Group trips if you don’t feel comfortable travelling oyo
- We give you all information and support to feel safe
- Travelife Certified
- Part of the Activeitaly Network
- Co2 calculated and compensated for all our trips
- We support environmental projects in Italy and abroad
- Support to local communities and providers
- Small, bonded team, welfare and support guaranteed
SloWays for sustainable tourism
The planet’s resources are not unlimited, our planet is increasingly crowded, and tourism is highly impacting our economic system.
At SloWays we are fully aware of the situation, and we know that every single action has an impact on the only planet that we have; for this reason, we are always seeking ways to make your ecological footprint as light as possible
· First, we decided to offer walking and cycling trips: low-impact ways of travelling, which leave a light environmental footprint and contribute to your physical well-being.
Our trips – on Via Francigena especially - are always designed so that you can easily reach the starting point of the tour by public transport. In addition to being the most environmentally friendly mean of transport, the train always offers a good slice of local life, unexpected encounters, and a good opportunity to relax, read, look at the view outside: a real journey inside your journey!
We always try and choose local, family-run accommodation: small hotels, agriturismo, bed and breakfasts with local character. We want you to understand the local values and traditions by talking with the locals, asking them questions, feeling their enthusiasm and hospitality.
We suggest that you always try the local dishes, favoring locally, preferably organically grown products. Buying your lunch in a small-town grocery shop or choosing a small family run restaurant for your dinner help the local economy and help you live your holiday like a local.
We are committed to take part to initiatives that may help improve the way people travel, making cycling and walking easier and safer; for this reason, we took part to the crowdfunding project that allowed to fully signpost the official Via Francigena cycle route.
We developed a special APP that allows you to travel self-guided by following a GPS track on your smartphone or tablet. You can also navigate off-line by downloading the maps on your device. In this way you can also avoid printing your itinerary on paper, reducing your impact in terms of resource consumption and waste production.
In the trips where luggage transfer is included we always rely to local providers who are on those streets daily: in this way we avoid putting more cars on the road to carry only one or two bags per time. This minimize the impact on traffic and pollution.
We give you detailed instructions on what you should bring on your cycling or walking trip. A light, essential bag also means a minor weight, less energy spent for the transportation, less disposable items, less waste to be disposed of.
We are careful not to waste water: for this reason, we always suggest bringing a reusable water bottle instead of buying plastic bottles. We ask to the hotels not to wash towels every single day, if clients are staying more than one night and they do not require it specifically.
If you want to read in detail how we actively commit, you can read our SUSTAINABILITY POLICY
If you want to read in detail our "Report 0" published in 2021
If you want to read in detail our "Report 1" published in 2022
For questions and comments regarding our sustainability policy, please contact the person in charge at email@example.com
What we are doing at SloWays:
We joined the Travelife system and completed the reporting phase. It emerged that - due to the specific type of tourism we promote and our internal organization and philosophy - we are a company with already implemented sustainable good practices. This does not mean that we cannot do even better and we are working on an action plan that will allow us to improve even more. Having therefore obtained the Travelife Partner certification at the beginning of 2021.
On August 8, we officially obtained the highest certification, "Travelife Certified" - we have explained what this means in this article on our blog.
"The award is a recognition for the long-term efforts and frontrunner position of SloWays regarding sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility.
SloWays complies with more than 200 criteria, related to an operators’ office management, product range, international business partners and customer information. The Travelife standard is covering the ISO 26000 Corporate Social Responsibility themes, including environment, biodiversity, human rights and labour relations; and is formally Recognised as in full compliance with the UN supported Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria."
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SloWays is the official partner of the European Association of Vie Francigene.
We have been working on the Via Francigena for more than 10 years, contributing to the planning, mapping, security and promotion of the itinerary. Discover how.
SloWays is partner of the Italian Touring Club, the most important and authoritative Italian tourism organization, which has chosen SloWays to develop the group travel programs “Camminando con il Touring”.
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