Southern Sicily vacation for over 50s

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Southern Sicily vacation for over 50s

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 travelers 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:

- LOCAL SERVICES - We choose local suppliers which had adopted sustainable practices, like the Association of local guides which help us to organize several daily experiences in the territory of Ragusa; they strongly believe like us in the sustainability and each experience is thought to not impact on the environment and the local community

- WATER CONSERVATION - We support initiatives that encourage conservative use of water, especially in Ragusa area. Sicily, year by year, is facing the problem of the drought so is the responsibility of all travelers to help the local communities to not waste water. For this purpose, we kindly ask to our travelers to read the Responsible Travel Conduct what we will send before departing for Sicily with useful tip regarding the conservative use of water

- LOCAL FOOD AND GOODS - We include and strongly inspire our travelers to eat locally produced food and goods (like organic food, natural local products which come straight from the garden to the kitchen). For example, during all the food and wine experience near Ragusa, travelers will taste only fresh products produced locally in the countryside nearby, meeting all the local suppliers and learning the stories behind each food product

- WATER BOTTLES - We encourage our travelers 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 travelers with awareness on how they can reduce and recycle in Sicily

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

- NATURAL PARK - We included in this travel experience an hiking experience in the Archaeological Park of Cava d’Ispica, which is composed by the narrow valley between Modica and Ispica, a canyon with prehistoric tombs, Paleo-Christian catacombs, rocky churches and troglodyte dwellings. Its importance is due to the complex and varied stratigraphy that unravels from the bronze age to the middle ages, one of the most important Park in Sicily (funded in the 1998)

Community

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

- PROMOTING UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES – We strongly believe in the development of community participation process in the management and sustainable conservation of World Heritage sites. For this reason, we promote our partnership with local suppliers that organize activities in the UNESCO sites, respecting these special and unique environments. For this Travel Experience, we chose the Ragusa Area, instituted as UNESCO Wold Heritage since 2002

- SMALLER-SCALE LOCALLY-OWNED ACCOMMODATION – Choosing local smaller-scale accommodation, like the one of this trip in Ragusa. Located in the old center of the city (Ibla), all bright and near all the facilities, it could be the best starting point to live the travel experience as a local. Thus, the B&Bs provides sustainable practices like recycling or changing towels on request

- LOCAL GUIDES - Hiring local guides for how they tell their territory. 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

- CROSS-CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING - Offering real life experiences which promote cross-cultural understanding, like the visit to several farmers who work in the Hyblaean Valley, sharing their stories, learning what is behind each food product, from the olive oil to the local cheese. We believe this is what makes travel worth doing: meet the locals and feel, just for few hours or a day, as a part of the territory

- 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. Meet them will be a great lesson to cherish and we strongly ask to our travelers to sustain and promote them even after coming back home. They are not only shepherds, artists or farmers: they the caretaker of this territory

- RESIZING SEASONALITY – This Travel Experience emphasize the interesting aspects (events, traditions and natural views) of Sicily in low season as well. This region has a temperate climate all year long; for this reason we suggest our travelers to visit it when is less crowded (from November to February as well)

- SLOW TOURISM - Promoting slow tourism as an alternative to everything-at-once, which allow traveler the “luxury” of look, taste and feel its final destination

- UNIQUE AND ORIGINAL DAILY EXPERIENCES - Promoting less famous Sicilian destinations by proposing unique and original daily experiences, like the hiking in the Archaeological park of Cava d’Ispica, a narrow valley that extends for about 14km between Modica and Ispica, being the largest natural-archaeological complex in Sicily

- RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL CODE OF CONDUCT – Each traveler will receive our Responsible Travel Code of Conduct before arriving in Sicily. 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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