Italian Alps walking and cooking vacation

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Responsible tourism: Italian Alps walking and cooking vacation


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 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.

1 Reviews of Italian Alps walking and cooking vacation

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 10 Oct 2017 by

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

The entire vacation was memorable! From the moment we got there and were welcomed by our wonderful hosts at their beautiful B&B in the mountains, to
the stunning walk through the Alps, the freshly baked treats each morning, the market tour and all the amazing cheese, the cooking class using local or homegrown ingredients, the local tour, the passion of our hosts in sustainably revitalising their area and showing us how they were trying to achieve that, the pizza party. All of it! Marla and Fabrizio are the best hosts you will ever have and we enjoyed every minute of the tour.

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

Just book it, you won't regret it!

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

Absolutely! We supported local business, used locally sourced or homegrown ingredients in everything we did and we were made a part of the vision that our
hosts had for the area and saw all the hard work they were doing to make it come true which was an amazing experience.

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

The communication with Marla before the vacation was excellent and we were picked up at the airport without any issue. The accommodation was in the most beautiful location, all the meals were lovely (not surprising as Marla and Fabrizio and both chefs), the walk through the Alps was stunning but not overly challenging so would suit any person with average fitness levels (we weren't rushed in any way), the market trip was fun and so nice to see all the local produce and try all the beautiful cheeses and meats, the cooking class was eally thorough and everyone was included and the result was yummy, and the hosts were just wonderful and I will definitely be going back there one day! This was the highlight of my five week tour around Europe!

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