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Way of silence

Way of silence, photo by oliver hiltbrunner

“‘If you can be yourself, you are everything,’ says one sign. ‘Listen to the water, the wind, your steps,’ urges another.” [1]

On the small Isola San Giulio (St Julius’s island) in Italy, there is a Sound Walk. The ‘Way of Silence’ is a flagged alleyway that goes around the island, with plaques that instruct you to listen out for particular sounds. Such a process of walking and structured listening was pioneered by acoustic ecologists as a way of better understanding soundscapes.

When you tire of the sound walk, turn around and follow the back of the plaques which have different messages, forming the ‘Way of Meditation’.

Location and logistics

Website for tourist office (alternative).

Credits and sources

Suggested by Gianluca Memoli

  1. http://www.orta.net/eng1/indipendent.html
  2. oliver hiltbrunner (c) some rights reserved