In 1986, the first fast-food restaurant belonging to a large multinational company opened in Rome. In protest, a group of activists led by Carlo Petrini, a Piedmontese journalist and sociologist, hosted a large public spaghettata and herewith gave birth to Slow Food.

All about joyful and peaceful demonstration, in favour of eating well, Slow Food was structured in 1989 around a manifesto that invited respect for pleasure through the richness and flavours of traditional cuisine.

Over time, the movement has evolved to include a global approach to food that emphasises the close relationship between plate, planet, people, politics and culture.

Opened in Pollenzo, Piedmont, in 2004, the University of Gastronomic Sciences is the first in the world to offer a global approach to the study of the food system. The uniqueness of its courses attracts students from almost every country in the world, who then carry on the values promoted by Slow Food.

Today, Slow Food is a global movement involving thousands of projects and millions of people in more than 160 countries, that Slow Food Travel aims to connect.


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