A couple weeks ago, a group of locals in the Tuscan town of Bologna gathered for a day of camping and hunting.
The theme was “Tuscan Ecotourist,” and this is what they were told to wear: blue jeans, black T-shirts and black-and-white sneakers.
They had to wear white socks, gloves, boots and a helmet.
The rest of the outfit was completely white, except for their shoes.
It’s the sort of outfit that a tusk hunter would wear during the day.
The local tourism agency that runs the festival, La Pesca, didn’t want to see the outfit go viral, so they decided to make it a little more festive.
They’re using the event to highlight the benefits of camping, hiking and other outdoor activities.
The festival has been a hit with the locals.
La Pescara is also planning to hold another festival in the same location next year.
Tuscans have a lot of outdoor activities in common with the rest of Europe, but in many parts of Italy and beyond, they are missing the tourist boom.
They’ve been hit hard by the economic crisis and are struggling to get by.
People are looking for alternative ways to stay in touch with nature.
For a time, the Tuscans were a popular camping destination.
But now, tourism is being hit harder than ever, with people moving away from Italy’s traditional campsites and into more urban areas, including Barcelona, the Canary Islands, Naples and beyond.
The recession has hit Tuscany hard and the number of vacationers has decreased, but the country has plenty of other reasons to go out, said Giovanni Mancuso, the festival’s head of operations.
“Tuscarans are not only the people who have always been camping in Tuscan-populated areas, but also the people of Tuscant-populations across Italy,” Manciso told CNN.
“We have to make this event work with other cultures and cultures of the world.
I don’t think there is anyone who doesn’t want this.”
The Tuscanias are not the only people to be affected by the downturn.
Across Europe, tourist numbers have dropped.
Some European cities, such as Milan, have seen an influx of tourists who want to spend their holidays in the capital.
But as the economy struggles, those numbers are shrinking, too.
“In the last few years, tourism has become the most important aspect of the economy, because in this economic climate, we need a strong tourism sector to attract people,” said Giovanni Boccia, director of La Pascara.
“But it is not working.
I have a very hard time finding a hotel in Milan, and when I look at the number that are open, it is very hard to find a hotel for a vacation.”
In addition to a decline in vacationers, there’s been a sharp rise in the number who are unemployed, according to a report released by the Italian Association of Tourists.
And in a region like Tuscania, where there are plenty of camping options, the numbers are even worse.
In the village of Poggio del Campo, where the festival is held, the number one problem is traffic.
There are now only four taxis in town.
The locals don’t have cars, and their main method of transport is to hitchhike, a dangerous proposition for someone with an expired driver’s license.
So Mancys father, Giovanni Mascagni, decided to start a company to help out.
He has worked in the hospitality industry for more than 30 years, and started La Piscara a year ago with his daughter, Giulia.
He said the idea for the company came after a trip to Florence, where he was impressed by how the town’s beaches were covered with trees, and how it was so clean.
Giovanni Mascagno said he wants to make the festival as a destination for people of all ages.
We are going to give the chance to our community, to the youth and the young, the old and the old-fashioned.
The more people we have, the better it will be, he said.
Mancis father and Giulia Mascategn are hoping to get their festival off the ground and begin the next phase of it in 2020.