Slow down, make an impact

In a fast, globalised world Sicily’s cultural and environmental heritage is endangered. In order to reverse the trend, travellers must venture past the main tourist destinations. Making it possible is our mission (and the reason why I came back to Sicily).

Slow down, make an impact

In a fast, globalised world Sicily’s cultural and environmental heritage is endangered. In order to reverse the trend, travellers must venture past the main tourist destinations. Making it possible is our mission (and the reason why I came back to Sicily).

Welcome! My name is Tommaso Ragonese and in 2016 I came back home after over a decade abroad looking for some grounding and inspiration. In 2017, Marco Crupi and I launched an epic project which took us Around Sicily in 80 days by mountain bike, unassisted and without previous cycling experience. What was our motivation? To rediscover and regain touch with our roots. What did we find out? That most young Sicilians have left and the island is in urgent need of positive change. By the time we completed our Journey, I had found not only the grounding I needed, but the inspiration as well.

The idea that in our modern, fast, globalised world we are losing touch with important things has been around for a while. Taking time to engage in meaningful social interaction is perhaps the most important of these things. It was precisely what we did as we toured Sicily, meeting dozens of ordinary people, artisans, farmers, cheesemakers, beekeepers, fishermen, salt-harvesters. With their stories, their memories, their unwritten knowledge they showed us what Sicily is really about and how all that could very soon be lost. Slowing down to talk to them was the first step to making a positive impact.

Slowing down was the first step to making a positive impact

Had we not chosen to travel slower, by bicycle, taking the time to talk to people who are struggling to preserve Sicily’s immense cultural and environmental heritage, we would have missed out on a life changing opportunity for us: that of telling the true and fragile nature of that heritage. This is what we do at Slow Sicily with the twofold intent of enabling Sicilians to look afresh at the beauty of their surroundings and of inspiring travellers to experience Sicily in a  whole different way. The former have a duty to protect; the latter can have a tremendous impact, if only they could divert their attention away from the handful of heavily advertised tourist destinations.

Sicily needs engaged Sicilians. Sicily needs engaged tourists.
Creating that engagement is our mission.

Ultimately, we find travellers to Sicily need to be able to leave the island having experienced its most authentic, most humanly enriching side. Slowing down, they too can make an impact on local communities: in that respect there is an urgent need of quality information, both on and offline, which we are striving to provide on this website. Our environmental and cultural heritage needs to be acknowledged and preserved. Sicily needs engaged Sicilians. Sicily needs engaged visitors and tourists. Creating that awareness and engagement is our mission.

FROM US BOTH, WELCOME TO SLOW SICILY!