Catania and Mount Etna for over 50s

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Catania and Mount Etna 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. The historical shipyard of Acitrezza, for instance, beside trying to preserve old tradition, is aimed to save the marine ecosystem which surround the villages. In fact, due to the pollution and the overfishing of the past, the sea is poorer of marine species. For this reason, we chose only local suppliers which could offer eco-tours with traditional boats or electric ones.

- WATER CONSERVATION - We support initiatives that encourage conservative use of water (like refilling water bottles or turning off water when brushing teeth). For this purpose, we kindly ask to our travelers to read the Responsible Travel Conduct what we will send before departing for Sicily, which is a region that has been suffering periodically of drought (especially in summer season)

- 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), like during the wandering in Catania. In each destination we chose local and authentic places, like fresh markets, where is possible to taste local food, usually from who produced it. During the wandering in Catania, we have a stop in the fish market where the traveler could taste what it was fished early in the morning.

- 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 AND NATURAL RESERVE – We included in this travel experience the Etna National Park, where there is one of the most famous and active volcano in Europe. The high value of this Park is not only for the active caldera but for the wildlife that live here as well (like spectacular birds of prey, such as peregrines and golden eagles). According to the season, is possible to visit the Natural Reserve of the Lachea Island and Cyclopean Isles too (established in 1998), important for the flora and fauna species which belong to this environment.

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 vendors that organize activities in the UNESCO sites, respecting these special and unique environments. For this Travel Experience, we chose the Etna National Park, UNESCO site since 2013.

- SMALLER-SCALE LOCALLY-OWNED ACCOMMODATION – Choosing local B&B, like the one of this trip in Catania. Located in the old centre, 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&B 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 of the traditional boatyard in Acitrezza or the several stops during the wandering in Catania, where the travelers could meet all the local vendors, chat with them, learning their stories (helped by their trusted local guide)

- LOCAL SUPPLIERS - Recommending local eateries and stores to our travelers to engage locally-owned and operated services to support local people (like artisans, wine producers, organic farmers and so more). We chose them one by one, shaking their hands, learning their stories and feeling the passion they put in their own activities. During the wandering in Catania it could be possible, for example, to taste fried fish in the fish market directly from the fishermen: our local guide will advise travelers where buying from who has sustainable fishing practices.
Or encouraging our travelers to discover during their free time the paper-mache creations, artefact made by a group of young artisans that chose to not flee abroad but to rediscover this old Sicilian tradition

- 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)

- ARTISAN AND IMMATERIAL HERITAGE – Helping to keep alive traditions and supporting ancient knowledge, like the historical shipyard of Acitrezza, where there is one of the last axe masters and craftsmen of Catania area. Thank to him and the other people who work inside the boatyard, the ancient art of crafting traditional Sicilian boats is not (yet) forgotten. In fact, we strongly believed that it is necessary to preserve Acitrezza from all the projects which want to transform this village in another touristic harbour

- 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 in the Acitrezza Village (near Catania), an authentic fishing village, where is possible to visit an old shipyard, in which four generations have built wooden boats entirely by hand, and learn all the stories behind the fishermen

- 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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