Bookseller gives away free books to children in Italy who bring plastic bottles and cans to recycle

A Southern Italy-based bookseller is encouraging children to read while doing something for the environment by offering free books to those who bring him one plastic bottle and one aluminum can to recycle. Michele Gentile, who founded the Ex Libris Cafe bookshop in Polla, a small town near Salerno, told CNN his goal is to spread passion for books and a love for reading among those … Continue reading Bookseller gives away free books to children in Italy who bring plastic bottles and cans to recycle

BACK Label: Made in Italy “wellness wear” championing eco-friendly milk protein fabric

Italian fashion label BACK Label is taking clothing back to its origins – 100% naturally sourced textiles sewn by tailors in Italy – while experimenting with next generation fabrics including milk protein textile. The brand creates luxury “wellness wear” – think functional basics such as kaftans, scoop back dresses, ribbed pullovers for women, and shorts, drawstring pants and hoodies for men – under the categories of lounge … Continue reading BACK Label: Made in Italy “wellness wear” championing eco-friendly milk protein fabric

Young people helping to revive Italy’s economy by embracing agriculture and the countryside

Young people in Italy are embracing nature and helping their birth country’s economy by setting up business in the countryside. In the last two years, the number of young graduates, some of whom are originally from cities, who are starting up their businesses in the countryside has increased by 35%. Many of these young people in Italy are driven by a deep appreciation of Italy’s … Continue reading Young people helping to revive Italy’s economy by embracing agriculture and the countryside

The Tarot Garden: Life lessons at “a small Eden where man and nature meet” along Tuscany’s coast

Tarot decks come in all shapes, sizes, and artistic interpretations. Traditionally a deck of cards, one such artist took the art of tarot a step towards new heights by creating the Tarot Garden – featuring huge, colourful steel sculptures representing the major arcana. French artist Niki de Saint de Phalle realised her passion for the tarot by creating beautiful sculptures depicting the 22 Major Arcana of the … Continue reading The Tarot Garden: Life lessons at “a small Eden where man and nature meet” along Tuscany’s coast

Vendemmia: Residents of Italy’s Cinque Terre fighting to preserve the national park’s future

The Cinque Terre is one of the most popular attractions in Italy, alongside the likes of Venice and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Cinque Terre is a national park in the region of Liguria in Italy, consisting of five little villages called Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. The coastal villages are often adorned in picture postcards of pastel-coloured painted houses that sit high … Continue reading Vendemmia: Residents of Italy’s Cinque Terre fighting to preserve the national park’s future

Sustainable Stays: Sardinna Antiga, Sardinia, Italy

If sun, sea and nature is your calling, coupled with a stay in a restored old home, then Sardinia’s bio sustainable village, Sardinna Antiga, may satisfy your “green” desires for your next vacation. Located in the village of Santa Lucia, a small fishing village overlooking the sea around Sardinia, Sardinna Antiga has beautifully restored some of Sardinia’s traditional homes or ancient nuragic huts in an environmentally friendly manner. Housed … Continue reading Sustainable Stays: Sardinna Antiga, Sardinia, Italy

Nemo’s Garden: Underwater farm could be the future of farming

Nemo’s Garden is not your average farm for growing vegetables. It’s actually housed 30 feet under the waves, off the Noli Coast in Italy. The underwater greenhouse is the creation of Sergio Gamberini – owner of scuba diving company, Ocean Reef Group – and his son Luca Gamberini. The father and son duo wanted to devise a way to grow crops on the ocean bed as a solution … Continue reading Nemo’s Garden: Underwater farm could be the future of farming

Sustainable tree house living atop Sleeping Beauty mountain in Piedmont, Italy

Tree house living is a day-to-day lived fairy tale for a group of people who have made the forest atop the Bella Addormentata (Sleeping Beauty) mountain in Piedmont, Italy their humble abode. Taking sustainable living to the heights of this mountain region in Canavese, a small community have built tree houses from wood and recycled materials. Given its remote location amidst the mountains, this community … Continue reading Sustainable tree house living atop Sleeping Beauty mountain in Piedmont, Italy

Around the World in 80 Eco Spas: Vigilius Mountain Resort, Italy

Life & Soul Magazine’s Travel Guide to Eco Spas will whet your appetite for a vacation that brings healing to holidaymakers in accommodations that work in harmony with the planet.  6. Vigilius Mountain Resort, South Tyrol, Italy Vigilius Mountain Resort is an eco-chic mountain hideaway with jaw-dropping views of the Dolomite Mountains whichever vantage point you are at on the premises – be it one … Continue reading Around the World in 80 Eco Spas: Vigilius Mountain Resort, Italy

Avigliana: Peace and tranquility in Italy

Avigliana may not be on everyone’s to do list on a visit to Italy, but for peace and tranquillity this “Riviera” experience is unrivalled. Millions flock to Italy’s Riviera region year on year, but the small town of Avigliana, in the North region of Torino is exquisite. If you are a traveller who likes to experience a place as a local and as the locals … Continue reading Avigliana: Peace and tranquility in Italy