Luca Lazzarini is visiting the CCRI from 13th February to 31st July 2017.  He is a PhD student in Urban and Regional Development at the Inter-university Department of Urban and Regional Studies and Planning (DIST) at Politecnico di Torino, Italy, and his main research interest relate to inter-institutional cooperation and governance processes at the local level in the field of urban and peri-urban agriculture development. 

Luca is one of the organisers of ViaSalaria – an itinerant walking workshop that aims at studying the landscape, particularly in rural and mountainous areas. Every year, the walk will cover a different section of Italy, exploring different areas, meeting different communities and discussing new challenges. The theme of 2017’s walk will be the post-earthquake recovery, 1 year afterwards.  

Luca is appealing for help to fund this year’s walk, which will focus on post-earthquake recovery, one year after the devastating earthquake which hit the mountainous region of central Italy.

Please read Luca’s appeal below:


During August a group of undergraduate and PhD students will walk along an ancient roman road, the Salaria road from the Adriatic to the Tyrrhenian Sea. The path will cross the villages deeply damaged by the August 2016 earthquake.

Along the journey, the group will meet a number of local actors trying to answer questions at the center of a current debate. For instance, if, how and where to rebuild villages destroyed by the earthquake and which development model to achieve in the process of reconstruction.

“ViaSalaria” is organized by myself (Luca Lazzarini – Polytechnic of Turin), Guido Benigni (University of Camerino) and Andrea Pesaresi (University of Venice). We would very much appreciate your help to support this workshop with kind donations!

The project is an independent and totally self-financed initiative, organized by and addressed to students where every participant will fund his/her walk. During the walk, the group will spend the nights in their own tents, in sports fields kindly offered by local authorities, in camps, or in hostels.

To help achieve our target fund, we have recently launched a fundraising campaign on The campaign aims at collecting money to fund group’s daily meals and supplies.

Please donate or share ViaSalaria’s campaign!  Any help would be highly appreciated!

To find out more about ViaSalaria project, please visit our FB page

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