Italy food holiday

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Italy food holiday

Environment

Our aim is to make our Travel Experiences sustainable for the long term: we know that tourism can have both an exceptionally positive and potentially negative impact on local communities. For this reason, we promote responsible travel that means: to respect and benefit local people, their cultures, economy and the environment.

We start from the beginning, helping our travellers to choose their customized daily experiences based on these sustainable categories:
- Green
- Hand-made
- Eat local
- Live local
- Sport
- Adrenaline

Furthermore, we try to organize Carbon Offset trips and we do it since the design of our Travel Experiences.
For this one, in particular, we minimised carbon emissions making the following considerations:


- WATER CONSERVATION - We support initiatives that encourage conservative use of water (for example, refilling water bottles or turning off water when brushing teeth). For this purpose, we kindly ask our travellers to read the Responsible Travel Conduct we provide for them before the trip. This is particularly important for those regions which have been suffering periodically of drought (especially in summer season)

- LOCAL FOOD AND GOODS - We include and strongly inspire our travellers to eat locally produced food and goods (for example, organic food, natural local products which come straight from the garden to the kitchen). In each destination we chose local and authentic places, like fresh markets, where is possible to taste local food, usually from who produced it, as in this case, the typical Venetian specialities, such as "Cicchetti" or the White truffle in Alba (Piedmont)

- WATER BOTTLES - We encourage our travellers to refill a water bottle from water 'bubblers' where available to avoid unnecessary purchasing of bottled water and the subsequent waste disposal issues

- RECYCLING – Our Local guides also provide travellers with information on how they can reduce and recycle

- PUBLIC AND ECOLOGICAL TRANSPORT – Since we have a high range of biking tours in our offered experiences, we strongly encourage our travellers to choose ecological transportation like bicycle during their free time

Community

This Travel Experience is planned to ensure that we support local communities by:

- SMALLER-SCALE LOCALLY-OWNED ACCOMMODATION – Choosing local B&B, like the one of this trip in Barolo, Piedmont or Colle Val D'Elsa, Tuscany. Located close to the centre, they are the best starting point to live the travel experience as a local. Thus, the B&B provides sustainable practices like recycling or changing towels on request.

- LOCAL GUIDES -We Hire local guides as they know the area so well. In this way we could learn about the culture and way of life directly from those who live it and put money into local hands and economies

- FARE WORKING CONDITIONS - Defining a tariff policy that calls for a clear decision-making freedom of the price by its suppliers, stakeholders, partners and local guides

- TAILOR MADE EXPERIENCES - Organizing tailor made experiences for the limit size of 8-10 people because we believe that larger group could not join the real experience and could otherwise impact on the local communities

- LOCAL SUPPLIERS – We chose local suppliers one by one, shaking their hands, learning their stories and feeling the passion they put in their own activities. Meeting them will be a great lesson to cherish and we strongly ask to our travellers to sustain and promote them even after coming back home

- RESIZING SEASONALITY – This Travel Experience emphasize the interesting aspects (events, traditions and natural views) of Veneto, Tuscany, Emilia Romagna and Piedmont in low season as well and we suggest our travellers to visit them when they are less crowded.

- SLOW TOURISM - Promoting slow tourism as an alternative to everything-at-once, which allow traveller the “luxury” of look, taste and feel its final destination. Prosecco Hills area, for example, is less famous than Venice, even if it is an outstanding destination for its natural and heritage treasures. We want to promote a different type of tourism which could help this territory to be discovered in all its aspects, less famous but interesting the same

- UNIQUE AND ORIGINAL DAILY EXPERIENCES - Promoting less famous destinations by proposing unique and original daily experiences or from a different point of view. For example, for this travel experience we have organized a Truffle hunt experience with a local expert. In this way, the travellers could experience "live" the harvest and appreciate traditional gastronomic produces and the expert artisans actually working them using traditional techniques, precious heritage of the past.

- RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL CODE OF CONDUCT – Each traveller will receive our Responsible Travel Code of Conduct before arriving in Veneto. In addition, our local guide will explain during each daily experience the right travel code and will answer to whichever question concerning it.

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