The Councils and Working Groups of the Wellness Valley work together to create initiatives and projects for the promotion of Wellness through regular meetings and a platform for permanent dialogue and exchange.

This area is reserved to the Stakeholders involved in the thematic Workshops on:
Health and Prevention, Sustainable Economic Development, Territory Promotion, Fitness, Wellness and Sport.


The Wellness Valley

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Welcome to the Wellness Valley

The first international District for Wellness and Quality of life

The Wellness Valley is the first international District for knowledge in Wellness and the Quality of Life and the first example of a Wellness Community in the world.

The project involves the whole region of Romagna and was launched publicly in 2002 by Nerio Alessandri, president and founder of Technogym.

The Wellness Valley is a social innovation model which focuses on people and their health and promotes well-being for everyone at all ages by creating an environment that supports and encourages healthy lifestyle choices.

Wellness is a social opportunity for everyone: for people firstly, for companies, for the institutions, for the territory, for the whole community.  The Wellness Valley project leverages the human, economic and social capital of Romagna and networks the excellences to produce innovative projects and initiatives that bring wellness into the lives of thousands of people, with benefits at both an individual and a collective level.

The Wellness Valley covers all the area of Romagna, including 1.2 million residents and 75 municipalities.
Since 2003 Wellness Foundation has been leading and coordinating this initiative which involves over 250 public and private stakeholders, including institutions, municipal administrations, schools, companies, medical doctors, research centres, health authorities, the university, sports and cultural associations, gyms, spas and hotels.
Over the years more than 70 best practices have been developed in the Wellness Valley which make this territory a true living lab and demonstrate how it is possible to create a “Wellness Ecosystem”: from the educational programs against childhood obesity to free physical activity in public parks for active aging, from the prescription of physical exercise for the prevention of chronic diseases to the promotion of lifestyle events up to active holiday packages that combine movement, food and wine, nature, art and culture.
Today the Wellness Valley is regarded as an international benchmark for the realization of effective, inclusive and sustainable integrated health systems. A place where the aspiration to well-being is confronted with the real ability to offer innovative experiences and opportunities to improve the quality of life and social, economic and environmental sustainability, with positive effects on the whole community.

Wellness Valley’s milestones


Nerio Alessandri, founder and president of Technogym, publicly launches the Wellness Valley project.

In an interview with the local newspaper “Il Resto del Carlino” he appeals to all the stakeholders of the territory to join forces and to collaborate to develop new initiatives that focus on people and their quality of life.


The Wellness Foundation is established, a non-profit organization in charge of coordinating the Wellness Valley initiative.

The 10th Wellness Congress is held in Cesena in the presence of 3,500 local and national stakeholders.


Start of the trial period of experimentation of the medical prescription of physical exercise for the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases.


The economic newspaper “Il Sole 24 Ore” publishes the ranking of the Italian regions based on the Welfare Index developed by Nobel Prize winner John Stiglitz: The Wellness Valley is the territory in Italy where life is better.


15,000 children aged 3 to 9 participate in the first edition of “Play Wellness”, a free active lifestyle education program in schools to combat childhood obesity.


“Parks in Wellness” is born, a free physical activity programme open to all the population.


Opening of the Technogym Village, the first Wellness Campus in the world, and the gateway to the Wellness Valley.

The Wellness Valley is recognized by the Italian Government as a reality of national interest and is added to the geographical map.


The Visit Wellness Valley Consortium is established specializing in Wellness tourism in Romagna.

The prescription of physical exercise makes its official entry into the Regional Healthcare Service of Emilia-Romagna, the first Region in Italy to have introduced it.


The Wellness Week is born – The Week of Movement and healthy lifestyles, with a programme of more than 300 events.


The World Economic Forum presents a study on the Wellness Valley as an international benchmark of a system which promotes long-term prevention and sustainability.

The Emilia-Romagna Government establishes “Wellness Valley” as the official brand for the promotion of Romagna in the global market as a tourist destination specialized in wellness (Regional Law n. 4/2016 )


The first degree course in “Wellness Culture, Sport & Tourism” is born with Bologna University.

The first edition of the Wellness Valley Report is published.

Wellness Valley launches its own dedicated mobile App, which aims at creating a great Wellness community in Romagna.


The Observatory for the study and analysis of the Wellness Valley is established, an independent body with the purpose to measure the effects of the projects in Romagna.