This collective phenomenon has profoundly affected society in recent centuries in terms of relationships and aesthetic culture. With its theatrical and performative dimensions, it has provided the stage for political protest, demonstration of public dissent and rebellion.
It has played a key role in the definition and alteration of the urban socio-economic layout by influencing the distribution of leisure and commercial activities,
and has directly concurred with the redefinition of the urban space through the appropriation and reclamation of its public use.
The Museo del Camminare's project The Italian Promenade is the first extensive exploration and survey of one of the oldest and most extraordinary social phenomena, to date almost completely ignored by scholars and the media.
The Museo del Camminare promotes the recognition of the Italian promenade as a UNESCO intangible cultural heritage.