More than twenty percent of the Italian population is over the age of 65. In 2050, a third of the Italian population will be over the age of 65. Yet, as the COVID-19 pandemic demonstrates, older population remains vulnerable to marginalization, social stigma, and age-based discrimination.

A healthy ageing model entails both access to good healthcare and a network of valuable social relations. In particularly challenging times, Sì Viaggiare contrasts a prevailing logic of marginalisation and confinement by fostering intergenerational relationship in local communities.

Through a year-long teaching and empowering programme, this project connects high school students from ITC Mattei with guests of Fondazione Giuseppe Restelli, a care home in Rho (Milan).

Community Building

This project combines teaching modules with research-oriented activities and sustained conversations between students and care home guests. A series of seminars on age-based discrimination and qualitative research methods will give students the necessary toolkit to establish meaningful conversations with guests of Fondazione Giuseppe Restelli. A series of remote meetings between students and guests will help students to know more about the past of their communities. By combining images of the contemporary urban landscape with materials made available by Rho public library, students will develop an interactive augmented reality 20-minute-long video connecting visions of the past, the present and the future of their community.


Two workshops on age-based discrimination and community building in aging urban and peri-urban environments. Leading scholars, experts, policymakers, members of civil society organizations, and politicians will discuss about strategies for meaningful inclusion of elderly in the Italian society.

Project Document

Attraverso la tecnologia, offriremo un’esperienza sensoriale “reale” di viaggio agli anziani che risiedono nelle strutture di accoglienza del territorio. L’Istituto Tecnico Mattei ha una vocazione turistica e, in virtù di questo tratto distintivo, abbiamo cercato di rispondere a una domanda apparentemente controintuitiva: come portare il turismo a chi, per varie ragioni, non si può muovere?