Italian Alps inn accommodation in Piedmont, Italy

“In the heart of the Italian Alps in Piedmont, this family-run inn is far from the crowds but close to great hiking, biking and pretty mountain villages.”

Highlights

Rooms with private bathrooms and private entrances | free WiFi | Northern Piedmont cookery classes | evening family-style meals available | vegetarians, vegans and coeliacs catered for | ample parking | Sight-seeing, walking, biking and climbing | 50km west of Turin

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Italian Alps inn accommodation in Piedmont, Italy

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Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

Environment

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.

Community

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.

6 Reviews of Italian Alps inn accommodation in Piedmont, Italy

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Reviewed on 05 Oct 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Watching a golden eagle flying below us up in the mountains.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Having a car as you are in an area of many other beautiful places.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


All food is either bought locally or grown by Marla and Fabritzio.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


We were made to feel part of the family with chats about everything whilst we ate together in the evenings with delicious homemade meals.

Reviewed on 07 Aug 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Fine mountain walking (take proper boots) in good summer weather with a bit of a breeze to take the edge off the heat at over 2000 metres; delightfully relaxed hospitality at Bella Baita at the start and end of each day. Fabrizio and Marla know and are well known in the area and gave us plenty of good tips about where to go and places to visit. There's lots to do without having to drive great distances.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Rent a small car with a bit of power to it so that it can get you up the hill to Bella Baita, but also navigate the serpentine mountain roads. Swap stories with your hosts and do one of their enjoyable cooking classes.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I felt this was a very low impact vacation. Great emphasis on shopping local - and why wouldn't you with a great market twice a week in Pinerolo? There's more wildlife to be seen in the area than in most parts of Italy these days, so someone
must be doing things right in conservation - salamanders, marmots, wild goat and a good range of bird life in the mountains and forests. More nature than culture..

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Just what we needed, a relaxed week but with plenty to do. No stunning surprises, but a completely recommendable choice for people who are looking for an active vacation supported by some rather superior home comfort!

Reviewed on 19 Dec 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


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.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Bringing a car would be best, but I'm sure carlessness would not be a problem.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes - fresh, local spring water and local produce.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


With the best rating possible.

Reviewed on 26 Aug 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


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. Their excellent cooking skills, morning and evening. The easy contact with other guests over dinners, getting to know the world through their eyes.

The stillness, the butterflies, the mountain skyline all around; the Gran Dubbione Valley which is so varied that it grows on you after only one week (we stayed nine days). The clean, simple, colourful and comfortable room and bathroom. there was a small, fully equipped kitchen annex sitting-room where we could make tea, sit at a small table or on a comfortable sofa. Springwater was provided via a special tap.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Bring good walking shoes with you and sun protection. There were no mosquitoes. If you know a little Italian, you will get a long way talking with some of the elderly locals, who have much to share. If you are withou a car, like us, be ready to walk 1.5 hours to the nearest bakery or supermarket (and walk back!). we had an arrangement to buy simple lunch ingredients from our hostess, using the fridge in the small communal sitting room annex kitchen. Bring a book, there is no telly!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Our vacation certainly benefited local people, as our hosts bought everything locally. They made much of their own food. Trips with their car were made to address several chores, to save on petrol. Our host keeps the walking paths clear and is behind a project to mark all the nice and safe walks in the direct region (GPS). our hostess upkeeps the information on the website addressing the sustainable tourism in the region.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent vacation.

Reviewed on 09 Jan 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The commitment of Fabrizio and Marla to their accommodation and to their guests was outstanding. Whilst it was exciting for a group of Australians to live in the Italian alps and to experience snow in December, it was our hosts exuberance for their B and B, their commitment to their local region and their willingness to go the extra mile for their guests that stood out. Particular activities that are memorable include the cooking class, a local new years eve celebration, exploring the local villages, the odd glass of grappa and the easy atmosphere created by mine hosts where guests feel as though they are part of the family.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


The B and B is at around 1000m above sea level and the road subject to snow and ice conditions during winter. Confirm that your car has chains that fit prior to attempting the road (particularly important with hire cars as we discovered).

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


It was evident during our visit to the Pinerolo market to purchase supplies for the cooking class that Marla and Fabrizio go out of their way to support local agricultural producers. This is evident through both their promotion and use of local produce, and as importantly, through their education of guests on the use of local ingredients in the cooking of local specialities, something that is possible due to their extensive local knowledge and their skills as chefs.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


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.

Reviewed on 25 Aug 2010 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Dancing to traditional occidental music in the village square in Usseaux where I had been taken by my hosts as an act of pure hospitiality. Also completing a four hour walk on the top of the mountain above Prali. Not forgetting the wonderful cooked by Fabrizio and Marla with instructions on how to do it at home of you wanted them.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Book a cheap flight in advance so you can go direct to Toriono, and not as I did, via Rome which made it a much longer journey than necessary. Take a warm sweater even in summer, and don't expect very luxurious rooms. They are comfortable with wonderful views, but the bed would have been very hard if Marla hadn't given me a duvet to sleep on. You can get there without a car, but as it is six miles from the nearest town, you are very reliant on the generosity of Fabrizio to dive you to the bus/

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Fabrizio and Marla are absolutely passionate about using local products. Just about everything you eat is home made or produced in the region. They go to great pains to promote local producers. Inevitably, living so far up a mountain, you are reliant on a car to get down, but they try to rationalise their trips as much as possible.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


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.

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