🇮🇹 Italy

LIVERUR Pilot Region:
Comprensorio del Trasimeno

Square Km:
673,63 km²

57 467 inhabitants

Political Region:
Umbria, Italy

Rural Living Lab:
Trasimeno Municipalities: Rural Living Lab in Lake Trasimeno ecosystem

This piloting area will be developed in a lake ecosystem, where the depth of the water is extremely reduced. Therefore, living lab concept will be implemented in order to solve water management issues and to boost tourism in the region.

Living Lab in agro-tourism, agriculture and handcraft, for valorising and selling the typical local products and services. The main problems are the loss of competitiveness regarding the market, the SMEs dimension and the low integration at territorial supply/value-chain levels, law attitude to cooperate with the Public bodies to share a common strategic development vision.

The benefit deriving from LIVERUR for the region is to open  the mind/improve the attitude to implement innovation regarding technology, organisation, governance and to the market, valorising the professional skills and create new work opportunities (new SMAEs, new jobs for young and for social inclusion). Create cooperation and synergies between the different public bodies (LAG, ITI, the Regional Government) regarding the sustainable development, implementing projects (tourism – environment – agriculture – rural tourism –  social inclusion) and agreements related to the supply/value-chains.


🇮🇹 Italy

LIVERUR Pilot Region:
Province of Reggio Emilia

Square Km:
231 km²

171 999 inhabitants 

Political Region:
Emilia Romagna Region, Italy

Rural Living Labs:
Living Lab Edible Park: Rural Living Lab in boosting exportation of high quality products; social inclusion framework

In the framework of Reggio Emilia territory rural activities are promoting innovative experiences related to social dimension, food production and sustainability, natural heritage and soil consumption. Reggio Emilia will develop two Living Labs. One in the periurban area to promote an “Edible Park” integrating food production, societal inclusion, landscape and ecosystem services. The other in the Apennines to support community coops for new business models attracting local inhabitants and visitors.

New emerging small farm activities are in development, in cooperation also with the third sector, with the aim to create occasions of social and economical innovation with the involvement of several stakeholders.

Peri-urban and rural areas have these needs in common:

  • To preserve and promote the landscape, as a resource, and to decrease human pressure and environmental footprint.
  • To create new jobs/increase employment, especially for youngsters and vulnerable groups.
  • To develop local value-chains and production-chains, to foster offer diversification and increase competitiveness.
  • To create services for the benefit of communities, without charging costs to public authorities, and creating a job at the same time.
  • To foster social inclusion and reduce disparities.


The LIVERUR project identifies innovative business models within the newly developed Circular Rural Living Labs, and will conduct socio-economic-technology analyzes to identify, describe and compare the differences between the new approach of Living Lab and more entrepreneurial traditional approaches.


The LIVERUR project involves more than 20 European partners from peripheral areas in which the development of the rural economy is vital for their survival. Although LIVERUR is focused on Europe, one of the partners is located in Tunisia, which provides a greater internationalization to the project.