The Italian town Carpineto Romano is only an hour-s drive from Rome, but in a completely different world: In the centre of the mountain complex Monti Lepini, the ancient stone houses lean on the steep topography of the landscape composed of forests and limestone rocks. The life of the local people has always been close to the mountains. People lived off farming and cattle breeding, they had sheep, goats, olives, fruit. Today, this is not profitable any more. Many people commute to Rome every day, the young people move away, the buildings of the old town are empty and decay. The old shepherds- paths in the mountains today are used by hikers, who on weekends explore the peaks and viewpoints. Recreational tourism could be a chance for the Monti Lepini region for an independent regional development, to strengthen the local economy and to create new jobs for the inhabitants. The municipalities of the region are now searching for possibilities and ideas to support hiking tourism in a sustainable way. This thesis develops a concept for a network of service elements for hikers along the hiking paths. In the villages, info points will welcome the tourists starting their mountain tour. Shelters at strategic points along the paths make multi-day hikes possible and offer unique experiences close to nature. In the area of Carpineto Romano, the centre of the mountain region, a centre for the mountain culture of Monti Lepini combines service and information for tourists, with infrastructure for local events. The concepts builds upon local resources and the potential of the place. The design takes the environmental conditions into account, works with local building materials and reinterprets building traditions. The transition of the landscape into a recreational area is seen as a continuous development of the history of the place.