Responsible tourism: Giro d'Italia 2017 race viewing tour
Italy is best discovered on the saddle of your road bike! We believe that in this tour it would be a sin to use a lot of car transportation, so we have a carefully planned itinerary that excludes long transitions in our team van. But there are times when team van is crucial to get to the best viewing spot near the tour. The thing is, though, we ride in small groups – up to 7 guests at a time so the one full car that we do have riding around, is not leaving as much CO2 footprint as a column of cars. Once we are settled in one of the hotels or guest houses along the way, all transportation is left behind so we could enjoy the sounds of our bike wheels.
An example from our itinerary – every year we tackle Passo dello Stelvio and Gavia climbs. They are relatively close, so there’s no need for extra transportation, these days we only cycle and stay in beautiful Bormio town that takes its pride as one of the best cycling destinations of Europe. When we are done with the riding for the day, all guests are usually tired and the first thing that come to mind – good dinner. We try to choose guest houses that provide dinner in-house, so we don’t have to travel more in the evening. But if we choose to go to some local restaurant or diner for our meal, we go for a walk or ride there on our bicycles!
When riding through Italy in different regions there are different things to look after. While the north is more cleaner, but probably in danger of too much transportation gases, the southern Italy have a noticeable rubbish problem. We definitely wont contribute to this situation and will try to fix it where we can. Even on ill placed paper bag from one person is enough to add to a growing problem. We encourage our guests and people around us to keep one of Europe's cultural gems - Italy - clean and neat!
When in Italy – we avoid large chain hotels, restaurants and other organizations. We love to work with family owned or small businesses. You can see that in our choices and advice to our guests – small guest houses that have just enough places to fill up when we arrive. That’s the time when you get personal service from people that do business. If the guest houses make meals themselves it is even better experience, because then you can get to know the chefs and owners and inquire about how the food was made, and its origins. Most of the time these places source their products locally, so we can be sure that our guests are getting just the best meals that can be ethically made. Another aspect of our choice of accommodation – we return to the same small guest houses every year. While in off-season we still keep in touch with the staff, to make sure they are doing well and we can return to stay with them the next year.
Many of our guests visit Europe for the first time. Therefore we make sure that they get the best experience while here by asking locals beforehand many useful tips. Months before trips we try to contact locals or even go to the destination ourselves to inquire about our stay there. Not only we see if the place is suitable, but try to get to know locals and draw a better picture about what to do here – what local places to visit. We definitely support neighbouring places to our accommodations by paying a visit to museums, cafes, landmarks and other places of interest. Seems that Bormio residents will soon recognize our team gear, as we are there often and know many businesses and locals in this beautiful mountain town.