About Feel at Home
Puglia is known in Europe for the warm welcome that local people give to their guests.
It is not a case that the proverb "A baar nsciun ie frastiir" (“Nobody is a foreigner here”) is very popular in Bari and all over the Apulian region. This motto can be considered the brief summary of the Feel at home project.
The goal of the project is to build a social and technological platform able to make every guest (not only tourists but also visitors) feel at home: in other words, it aims to promote the contact, the experience, the meeting, between locals (residents) and the numerous guests who visit our area, more specifically, the Martina Franca area.
The feature of the project is its ethical dimension, which consists in involving the local community that put together their energy and enthusiasm in order to bring to life the territory – by offering visitors authentic and unique experiences – and activates, almost unconsciously, virtuous processes of new ways of sociality and active participation that, thanks to several innovative tools that are available in this exact historical period for our society, become a tangible opportunity for the visitors.
In the Martina Franca there has been conducted an initial census of those people who are available to offer voluntarily knowledge of the typical aspects of the territory (traditions, food, fauna, flora, culture, etc.) and assistance for any needs (doctors who speak the same language of the guest, etc) – and more than fifty locals have already joined the project.
The project is co-funded within the POR Puglia FESR-FSE 2014-2020 - Sub- Innolabs Call Action 1.4 B “Support for the creation of innovative solutions aimed at specific problems of social relevance” - Feel at Home Project cod. UIKTJF3.