Responsible tourism: Italian Alps inn accommodation in Piedmont, Italy
We are committed to preserving our heritage in this alpine environment by using natural and environmentally safe cleaning products, low energy consuming light bulbs, we compost our organic waste with the help of composting worms. We recycle our glass, plastic, paper and metal and have bins to encourage our guests to do the same. We have an organic garden that we try to utilize as much as possible.
We joined Wwoof (World Wide Organic Opportunities) to partner with volunteers to teach and share organic gardening practices as we work side by side in our garden. We heat completely with wood and cut wood on our own property managing our forest for over three generations in our family. We helped initiate and are involved with the local CAI association, a walking and alpine organization, to clean, sign and maintain our local alpine paths thereby helping to keep the woods clean and maintained. We are involved with the restocking of our local mountain stream with native trout. We are committed to eco-friendly practices.
We live in a small alpine community that relies on each other to help maintain our community which has lost many jobs over the years. We created "TEM", which is our Sustainable Mountain Tourism association that grew out of our desire to include small businesses, organic food producers and artisans that strive to preserve and enhance rural community life.
We are lifetime members of "Slow Food", a food movement that was born in nearby Alba, whose basic philosophy is in alignment with ours. Slow Food International states, "We believe that everyone has a fundamental right to the pleasure of good food and consequently the responsibility to protect the heritage of food, tradition and culture that makes this pleasure possible. Our association believes and promotes the recognition of the strong connections between plate, planet, people and culture."
We buy local and shop in our small businesses and local outdoor food markets, avoiding the large supermarket except for any items that we are unable to find anywhere else. We support small cheese makers; butcher, beer crafters, vintners and liqueur producers that still pay mountain residents to not only gather necessary herbs, but to protect the natural habitat as well as providing much needed jobs. We promote local artisan. Through our collective effort we strive to build a healthy community through sound economic and ecological practices. Your visit helps us take another step along that path.
Reviews of Italian Alps inn accommodation in Piedmont, Italy
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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
Reviewed on 07 Aug 2015 by Stephen Mitchell
A completely recommendable choice for people who are looking for an active vacation supported by some rather superior home comfort!Read full review
Reviewed on 19 Dec 2012 by Bill Reid
Gosh, difficult to say which part out of so many! I am reviewing the vacation five
months later and still remember everything about our stay here. The delicious
food and warm hospitality from the hosts, the beautiful scenery and the long
walks will stay with me forever, I think.Read full review
Reviewed on 26 Aug 2011 by Anna Welsing
The kindness of our hosts, the nice balanced way they shared and included us in their individual enthusiasm and warmth, the pertinent information about local and Piemonte region, without coming too close were most memorable. Excellent vacation.Read full review
Reviewed on 09 Jan 2011 by Neal Dalgliesh
Whilst we have many very happy memories of our recent 5 weeks in Europe all involved voted that the week was 'the' most memorable. This was primarily a result of the passion that both Marla and Fabrizio bring to the running of the accommodation and to ensuring the comfort and enjoyment of their guests. Of course this professionalism is ably supported by the fantastic scenery and interesting history of the area.Read full review
Reviewed on 01 Jan 2010 by Sophie Vyse
In particular, we loved the day out on the mountain top at Prali. Blue skies, warm sunshine and miles of spectacular views of lakes as we walked high on the Alps. Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Aug 2010 by Elinor Goodman
Excellent. As a single traveler it was ideal because I could be alone when I wanted to be, but also had company and local knowledge when I wanted it...Fabrizio and Marla are absolutely passionate about using local products...They go to great pains to promote local producers. Read full review
Reviewed on 28 Dec 2009 by Victoria Ward
Christmas day, we put on the snow chains and headed up to the top of the valley, had a coffee, then came back and I sat outside with the sun on my face watching the blue skies and clouds...Read full review
Reviewed on 04 Aug 2009 by Alan McDermott
We loved the tranquillity, surrounded by snow capped mountains and walking down into the valley with its pristine lakes. Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Apr 2009 by Stefani Choi
Thoughtful vegetarian and 100% home-made meals. I'll be back for the cooking lesson for sure.Read full review
Reviewed on 04 Jul 2009 by John Meredith
Most memorable? Staying high in the mountains with wonderful views. Very peaceful. Meeting a lovely couple (Italian and American) who could not do enough for us.Read full review
Reviewed on 22 Jun 2009 by Rob Doyle
A fantastic vacation. We will definitely be back. Best breakfast in Italy.
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Reviewed on 01 Sep 2008 by Johan Nolan
A fabulous vacation and all down to the great hospitality provided by Marla and Fabrizio. I rate it as one of the best places I've ever stayed in and hope that I will be lucky enough to return sometime soon.Read full review
Reviewed on 11 Dec 2008 by Liz Lord
Most memorable was finding the eyrie of the accommodation - way above the Chisone valley... and the welcome of Marla and Fabrizio.Read full review
Reviewed on 31 Aug 2008 by Alexandra Foster
We were made to feel very welcome and very much at home from the moment we arrived in this beautiful alpine retreat. Joining our hosts Marla and Fabrizio for the evening meal was a real treat. Read full review
Reviewed on 13 Aug 2008 by Elisa Harris
It was a wonderful experience and one where we felt truly connected to a place through our contacts with local people.Read full review
Last month I returned from my first trip to the Italian Alps – it was better than I could ever have hoped. I stayed at this accommodation, a small guest house high up a mountain. Read full review
Reviewed on 20 Aug 2007 by Eric Friedman
The food, the views, and the friendly and accommodating hospitality. Excellent! Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Apr 2007 by Stephen Waddell
The wonderful view of the mountains when you open the blinds in the morning or the walking/biking through the beautiful surrounding area? The great food that seems to be everywhere or the warmth and hospitality shown to us by Fabrizio and Marla? Marvellous.
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Reviewed on 14 May 2006 by Jane Gibb
The food and location, the warm welcome - we had a wonderful time from start to finish - I think our favourite part was the cookery class. We set off in the morning to buy most of the ingredients fresh from the market together, made a meal fit for a king then ate the meal with much anticipation, fine wine and good company.Read full review
Reviewed on 17 Jun 2006 by Rebecca Sakpoba
We picked wild strawberries and found the biggest mushroom I have ever seen. I saw salamanders, eagles and mountain goats, and even heard cookoos. Meeting Fabrizio's parents was lovely, his mother baked me a chocolate pie for my journey home. I really did get the sense that I was experiencing local Italian living. Read full review
Reviewed on 29 Oct 2005 by Anne Mace
Discovering the hidden charms and natural beauty of the Val Chisone and its surroundings. We were ably assisted in this by Marla and Fabrizio the proprietors at this accommodation who are very knowledgeable about the area and helpful with suggestions that add to the success of the stay with them.Read full review
Reviewed on 02 Oct 2005 by Rachael Webb
My accommodation was clean, warm and perfect for my needs. I felt it was my home for my stay and the views of the mountains from my open doors in the morning were magnificent. By the end of my stay I felt I had made two good friends and was welcomed into their home and immersed in Italian local life.Read full review
Reviewed on 28 Sep 2005 by Deborah McCarthy
We had a very relaxing time staying there and I think that the most memorable part of our vacation was the great hospitality and friendliness shown by our hosts, who bent over backwards to ensure that we enjoyed ourselves and were able to do what we wanted to do, and of course the beautiful scenery. Read full review