7 June 2024

The village of Sabbioneta was awarded ‘Best Tourism Village 2023’ by the World Tourism Organization, partly due to innovative digital services based on the use of Open Fiber’s FTTHFTTH “Fiber to the Home” is the technology that connects POPs, located in exchanges, to end users’ property units with fiber optics. fiber optic. 

FTTH fiber-optic infrastructure is contributing to the growth of Italy’s villages, and as the cabling of White AreasWhite Areas White Areas are those where private operators have not deemed it worthwhile to invest and therefore lack broadband and ultra-broadband infrastructure. continues, residents are beginning to seize the opportunities offered by the digital transition. This is what has happened in Sabbioneta, a village of about 4,000 inhabitants in the province of Mantua, which received the prestigious Best Tourism Village 2023 award from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). 

Sabbioneta, the Italian village is Best Tourism Village 2023

Enraptured by its harmonious design and beautiful streets and buildings, Prince Vespasiano Gonzaga called Sabbioneta the “ideal town”, deeming it superior even to Mantua. It is also said that it was Sabbioneta, not Athens, where William Shakespeare is said to have actually set his “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” 

The village’s charm has also been recognized in contemporary times. Sabbioneta was included in the networkNetwork In computer language, the term network defines a set of hardware and software devices which, when linked together, enable the exchange and sharing of resources, data or information. In a computer network, the devices that generate, route and terminate data are called network nodes. of ‘Italy’s Most Beautiful Villages’ and also received the Touring Club’s ‘Orange Flag’

The World Tourism Organization selected this village from more than 260 candidate towns in 60 countries around the world and it has been officially recognized internationally as a model of the beauty of Italian villages.

FTTH fiber optic as a key factor for local development

The ‘Best Tourism Villages’ initiative aims to identify towns that preserve local landscapes and culture and, at the same time, promote the development of rural areas. Open Fiber’s FTTH fiber optic infrastructure was a key factor in receiving the award. 

Criteria evaluated for the selection of ‘Best Tourism Villages’ include cultural and natural resources, economic and environmental sustainability, tourism development and more. The award is therefore an important confirmation of the key role that technology can play in the development and enhancement of small municipalities, fostering sustainable and high-quality tourism. 

Mayor Marco Pasquali commented: “This recognition is an important milestone for the municipal administration of Sabbioneta, which continues to position the ideal town of the Renaissance in national and international networks.”

How FTTH fiber optic is reaching Italian villages

Open Fiber is committed to cabling Italy’s White Areas and villages with FTTH fiber to contribute to their growth and future. The Company is aware of the potential of digital technology for enhancing land use and creating a more sustainable and inclusive future. For Sabbioneta, this award represents an important step forward in this direction and confirms Open Fiber’s commitment to supporting local communities.

Thanks to the opportunities offered by ultra-broadbandBroadband The term broadband, in telecommunications, generally refers to the transmission and reception of information data at a connection speed of over 144 kb/s. Broadband organises different channels, conveying different content in the form of data, such as Internet radio, animation, audio files and high-definition video. infrastructure, present in all regions, small municipalities are being transformed into digital villages. This helps to fight their depopulation because the ability to work and study remotely, together with citizen services such as telemedicine, means that people can decide to return to their cities of origin. 

Fiber optic network coverage is continuously expanding, and the progress of work can be consulted with full transparency. Check if your address has already been reached by the FTTH network.

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