An estimated 52 million foreign tourist travelled to Italy in 2016. Italy hosts the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world and even the "cucina italiana" – as one of the most influential kitchens worldwide – was honoured with the title world heritage. Italy is a synonym for pasta, pesto, antipasti, dolce vita, extra-virgin olive-oil, exquisite coffee beverage, cheese products and wine. The slow-food movement was established in Italy already in the 1980s as counterpart to fast-food. Focussing on organic and regional products with respect for dolce vita. Many green and eco-friendly projects in rural and urban areas demonstrate these sustainable ways of thinking and acting. Reasons enough to spend a eco-friendly holiday in Italy and to take a sustainable souvenir back home.
Green Tourism in the olive grove
The Agriturismo L’Adagio
is an old and lovely restored oil-mill located in the middle of olive groves in Badalucca in Liguria, close to the Ligurian Sea. Since decades the L’Adagio has specialised in the sustainable production of olive-oil products using every single part of the olives. The leftovers of the olive stones are squeezed and used for the production of animal food, after this process the olive stones are being used as heating material for the pellet heating system of the farm house. The L’Adagio
teaching farm gives students and children an understanding about the production of olive oil and the origin of local organic food. The luxurious beauty and spa area uses products made of olive oil in-house.
The scent of history
When traveling to the region Parma in Italy, you should definitely make a stop in the Negrotti Drogheria
in Fidenzia. For many years now Negrotti has selected the best sustainable and organic specialties and delicacies from the region. The furniture is still the same as in 1890, the long counter reflects the old history and welcomes guests in a familiar atmosphere – a shopping experience like in grandmother's time. The Drogheria shows how traditions could be preserved and transferred into the modern world.
Feeling at home in the Albergo Diffuso
The eco friendly Hotel Relais del Maro
is an Albergo Diffuso with a main building located in the middle of the small village Borgomaro and three historic buildings in the village. Every room and suite is unique and designed with maximum attention to detail telling the anecdotes and stories of the former inhabitants. Instead of building a new hotel, the owner family Scalambrin decided to use and restore houses in the small village. Guests staying at Relais del Maro
can chose to stay in the main building or in the houses in the small village among the villagers feeling like a local without intervening in nature, environment, culture and local community. Thereby the Albergo Diffuso supports social and economic regeneration of the local community while preserving Italian traditions.
Ecological land of plenty
Fattoria La Vialla
is a family run organic farm located in Tuscany and a must-visit for sustainable connoisseurs. The farm produces and sells original and high-quality organic and biodynamic Italian food and wine. Only recently the farm was honoured with the award "B.A.U.M.", an environmental award for long-term commitment to environmental protection and sustainable development. The production process is resource-friendly and sustainable from planting until harvesting to eco-friendly packaging.
Tradition and history in South Tyrol
Surrounded by the picturesque landscape of South Tyrol, the Josephus
unites a luxurious alpine lodge with apartments for a relaxing green vacation. During the restoration of the house attention was paid to maintaining but newly interpreting the old and farming style. Old furniture was renovated or modified; existing wood and floors were consciously reused. Today clear structures, minimalistic design and a warm wooden interior result in unrivalled comfort. The owners see themselves as a connection between the inhabitants of the mountain region and the guests offering an insight in the culture, tradition and history of the Schnalstal in South Tyrol while maintaining the untouched nature of the region.