The "SI VA " Association organizes excursions in Siena and its surroundings. Walk about with Nordic Walking sticks and make the most of nature and of your lifestyle. You happen to see hikers, more and more frequently, advancing with their sticks at a quick, dynamic pace, as if they were on a snowy landscape – but with no skis. One wonders who these hikers are.....Surely you have seen a Nordic walker before! Nordic Walking is an easy, healthy new sport which is practised with the aid of special sticks similar to cross-country skiing. In Siena, Nordic Walking was born in the spring of 2009 as an initiative of two Nordic Walking instructors, Antonella Moretti and Catherine Frey, who were later joined by a third instructor, Pierluca Fanetti. Together they established the Siena Nordic Walking Association. Their success is undoubtedly tied to their professionalism (being "ISEF" Physical Education graduates), but also to the strong legacy with the territory around Siena. The people who practise it are somehow related to certain characteristics: they prefer the simplicity of life and its natural rhythms, far away from the bustling noise, they are good company but they also appreciate solitude and surely love nature and try to respect it. It does not require any physical preparation, it is suitable for all age groups and is easy to learn. It is as feasible anywhere in the country as it is in the city, and you can walk in any season. No need for any special kind of clothing or equipment: a good pair of trainers and comfortable clothes will do .....and of course..... the famous sticks! There is no environmental impact at all and except for the "clicking" of sticks, there is no other disturbing element; indeed, those who walk in the middle of nature can discover all its wonders. The objective is to create a harmonious, fluid and dynamic movement involving the upper body and arms, too. The framework was officially launched in 1997 under the name of "sauvakaevely" (in Finnish "walking with sticks"). Nordic Walking immediately started to spread considerably in the Nordic countries first, and then around the world in order to make it what it is today. It is estimated there are more than 8 million Nordic walkers from 40 different countries on all continents. Should you have any queries please write an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact an instructor: Antonella at 329/0841167, Caterina at 335/6055429, and Pierluca at 335/7019231.