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CIVITAS RENAISSANCE embraces the motto of “Testing Innovative Strategies for Clean Urban Transport for historic European cities”. It is a project between five cities that face mobility challenges through seasonal tourism: Perugia (Italy), Bath (UK), Gorna Oryhavitsa (Bulgaria), Szczecinek (Poland), and Skopje (Macedonia).


CIVITAS RENAISSANCE aims to demonstrate how the legacy of the Renaissance can be preserved and developed through a renaissance of innovative and sustainable clean urban transport solutions. The project aims to test and develop a valuable, reliable and integrated package of mobility measures that will make historic cities cleaner and safer.

Known worldwide for their historic city centres, the CIVITAS RENAISSANCE cities are blessed with large numbers of visitors. Tourism itself is a key driver of the European economy accounting for 4 percent of the EU’s GDP. However, the demand on the transport system through seasonal tourism exacerbates the problem that the transport systems of historic cities typically face. They need to serve central urban areas that are characterised by a layout of narrow streets and where public, private and freight transport compete for space. Cities face the challenge to ensure economic vitality and employment, while maintaining a high-quality, safe and environmental-friendly public environment.

Implementing sustainable mobility


Project results

CIVITAS RENAISSANCE aims to demonstrate that new and innovative transport solutions can facilitate mobility, economic growth and environmental sustainability while protecting the valuable fabric of historic cities. Innovative transport management strategies will reduce congestion, and initiate a shift away from the private car to sustainable modes and vehicles. RENAISSANCE intends to raise public awareness of transport and environmental issues. Cleaner urban transport in historic cities will help preserve tradition, culture and architectural heritage on which the local economy and social development largely depend. This will enhance economic activities and social aspects.

A key project outcome is the development and validation of new break-through solutions and best practice, which will inspire historic cities across Europe to improve existing services, and make public transport more attractive. The approach taken ensures that results will be verified and can be applied to other cities. Successful implementation of the RENAISSANCE measures will become a turning point for managing traffic in historic towns throughout Europe. The lessons learnt will be invaluable to European policy making and for the promotion of a sustainable transport future in Europe.

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Project Descriptions

Result pub.



Coordination: Leonardo Naldini
Management: Piero Sunzini
Evaluation: Barry Ubbels
Dissemination: Jacek Piotrowski
Technical Management: Laurie Pickup
EC Project Officer: Antonio Scala