Responsible tourism: Umbria walking and gastronomy holiday, Italy
We travel with respect to the environment and are passionate about the local flora and fauna about which we impart our knowledge and look forward to hearing yours. We support local producers wherever we go and offer local produce for our various picnics. We visit Pepe and Gentile who share with us a moment in their lives away from modernity and the supermarket as she shows us how to make pasta and we taste their home-made wine, olive oil, hams and sausage. And from here of course we talk non-stop about the beauty of Slow Food and the small time producer as we meet many of these producers during our walks either by visiting their domains where we buy their products or at the local markets. We walk through the countryside and try to keep our paths clear of rubbish. We are both counsellors on our local council back in France and will always lobby against the disappearing of hedges and other threats to the community, in Italy, Spain, UK or in France alike, such as massive high tension pylon lines or shale gas or wind turbines. The countryside is never safe. On a different level we will hand out one small bottle of water at the beginning of the safari and encourage people to fill this bottle up as the days go by rather than replace the bottle with a new one.
We are counsellors for our local village in France and help out at all the local fκtes. We source all things locally on all our walks whether in France, Spain, UK or Italy and aim to benefit the local communities in every way possible. We promote the small time producers encouraging others to buy from them as well as ourselves. We employ the services of a local wine trader who explains with passion the local wines and gives us tastings of local specialities. 'Local' is our key word and our aim is to benefit in any way possible the communities through which we wander showing respect to their countryside, their people and their produce. We visit local gardens, museums and churches and enhance awareness of the local history and culture. We recommend our small hotels, restaurants and producers to friends and strangers. Our appreciation is shown in not only paying them what they require but in including them as people into our week and giving an extra tip at the end.