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Italy / Slovenia / Malta / Greece 

FOOT is a network of four running events taking place from spring to fall in Italy, Slovenia, Greece and Malta: four countries that have been thriving on the cultivation of olive trees for many centuries. Join our events and come running with us: we’ve put together a wide range of exciting opportunities for you and your friends and family to experience. Keep fit under the olive trees!

montepisano / 20 march 2016

montepisano / 20 march 2016

An exciting trail featuring a 45,5km and a 26,5km route, which will take you on a discovery of a secret corner of Tuscany, in-amongst centuries-old olive groves, pinewoods, hidden ancient monasteries and thermal springs. Come running with us, we’re waiting for you!

koper / 10 april 2016

koper / 10 april 2016

The Istrian marathon is a priceless experience, for those who run it and those who come to watch. Its route unfolds among vineyards and olive groves, with long stretches running parallel to the coastline, with its breath-taking views. Come to enjoy Istria’s famous local hospitality!

Żejtun / 18 September 2016

Żejtun / 18 September 2016

This Maltese town is famous for its annual festival that celebrates the tradition of olive oil. Come running under the ancient olive trees and make the most of your stay enjoying a tasting, a visit to the fishing village of Masaxlokk or the natural pools of St. Peters.

lesvos / 9 October 2016

lesvos / 9 October 2016

The Lesvos trail represents an exclusive opportunity to enjoy this Aegean island off the beaten track. Beautiful beaches and mountains, pine and chestnut woods, volcanic landscapes and archaeological sites, and an extended network of hiking and trekking paths: Lesvos’ unique natural and cultural heritage is not to be missed!

Transnational Route of the Olive Tree

The transnational route of the olive tree is an itinerary to the discovery of the ‘green gold’ of the Mediterranean. For many centuries the plantation of olive trees has been a central pursuit in the Mediterranean area: its characteristic human-built terraced layout, which facilitates harvest, has contributed to shape the landscape of rural areas, becoming a prominent feature of the countryside in this region. To this day, the activities linked to the production of olive oil structure day-to-day life in Greece, Italy and on the Slovenian and Maltese coasts, with the slow pace of simple pleasures that can be truly enjoyed.

The production of olive oil is often a family affair, a tradition passed on through generations at the heart of one of the most ancient culinary cultures: the Mediterranean diet, celebrated as one of the healthiest food regimens worldwide.

Following the olive oil trail is the best way to discover the history, culture, lifestyle and the deep, shared roots of the Mediterranean countries: choosing to do so with FOOT means supporting a model of sustainable tourism that cares about respecting the local ecosystem and its traditional activities. FOOT offers an individually tailored experience, in touch with nature and the local community. Come running with us under the olive trees!

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H.O.S.T. Project

FOOT is the brand developed by the project H.O.S.T. – The Heritage of Olive Tree for Sustainable Tourism – to jointly promote four Mediterranean touristic destinations pivoting on olive tree heritage and on open air activities, with special refers to running sports.

H.O.S.T. has been funded by COSME-Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Programme of the European Commission (EC), aiming at supporting competitiveness of small and medium Enterprises in 2014-2020.

H.O.S.T. work plan include a set of complementary activities all targeting to providing support to local SMEs of the tourism sector and to promote the involved areas, having economical development as final objective. FOOT is developed by Fondazione Campus – Studi del Mediterraneo, Timesis srl, 5Senses Ltd, Municipality of Koper, Regional Development Centre Koper and ETAL S.A. and supported by Tuscany Region; Council of Europe – Route of Olive Tree; Committee of the Route of Olive Oil of Monti Pisani (IT); Chamber of Commerce of Pisa (IT); Chamber of Commerce of Lucca (IT); Chamber of Commerce of Primoska (SI); Municipalities of Zejtun (MA); Municipality of the Island of Lesvos (GR).

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