the variety of plant and animal life in the world or in a particular habitat, a high level of which is usually considered to be important and desirable.
A simple definition that encompasses all the richness of life and nature. From the smallest ones to big animals, from plants to humans, every organism is part of biodiversity and every organism plays a fundamental role for the health of the planet.
Global biodiversity is as essential as at risk, a cause of human ctivities that in recent decades has led to an increasingly dramatic loss. Yet in this increasingly polluted world there are those committed to protecting biodiversity with concrete projects, supporting the development of habitats and species. Even among those involved in tourism. We have found 10 accommodations where it is possible to live and understand biodiversity, among breathtaking natural landscapes and local produces.
In the Cilento natural park
Our journey to discover the places where biodiversity is protected starts in a few kilometers from Paestum and the sea of Cilento, where we find Il Cannito, a beautiful eco-sustainable resort whose buildings are in stone, renovated according to the principles of green-architecture in symbiosis with the surrounding environment. The farm cultivates what the biodiversity of the area offers, respecting the seasonal nature and without using fertilizers and pesticides, for absolutely organic and healthy produces.
At the center of the Lucano Appennino National Park
We move to Basilicata with there is Il Querceto, an agritourism company committed to safeguarding biodiversity for almost ten years. It does so by cultivating traditional varieties of soft and hard wheats, ancient fruit trees that risk disappearing and through the oak forest that laps the farm. Here, just a few steps from the magical Matera and the suggestive peaks of the Apennines, you can spend a natural holiday, enjoying nature and tasting the flavors of traditional Lucan cuisine.
Rural experience in Latvia
Hemp is a plant with infinite benefits, which can nourish, dress and guarantee the whole world. Precisely for this reason the Obelisk Farm has decided to cultivate this plant, in an uncontaminated environment and surrounded by woods and gardens of aromatic herbs. The farm offers private rooms and spaces for camping, as well as workshops and cooking tastings, construction with cannabis courses, volunteer experiences and spaces for retreats of musicians and writers.
On the hills, a few kilometers from the Cinque Terre
In Liguria, between the scent of basil and the sea, there’s Campo di Luna. It is an incredible sustainable farm where you live in complete harmony with nature and the woods that surround the accommodation, where there are roe deer, foxes, squirrels, badgers and many birds including the buzzards. In four hectares of land, olive trees, cherry trees, peaches, apple trees, pear trees, plums, small fruits, flowers and vegetables of all kinds are cultivated according to the principles of organic agriculture. It is also an excellent starting point to discover the wonders of Liguria and nearby Tuscany, such as the Cinque Terre and the Apuan Alps.
In the Torre Guaceto Natural Marine Reserve
We move in the heart of the High Salento, in a land sometimes wild where olive trees, sand dunes, Mediterranean scrub and pristine sea follow each other. Here, where there is no shortage of routes to cycle, there is Mater, a restored farmhouse of the 50s, preserving the original features that offers the opportunity to experience an ecological and educational holiday, to discover the biodiversity of Apulia. You can taste the organic products of the farm, such as the small fiaschetto tomato, Brindini’s artichoke and the oil, which are born in an environment based on diversification and harmonious integration of productive, residential, educational and cultural activities.
Alpaca breeding and biodiversity in the hills of Pisa
If you love alpacas or you do not know them yet, the Alpaca Country House in Pontedera is a must! They are the ideal place to recharge yourself from the stress of the city, surrounded by the organic vegetable garden and all kinds of aromatic herbs and vegetables and by an immense forest of ancient trees. In addition to enjoying the typical Tuscan dishes, it is possible to feed delicious alpacas and watch all the stages of wool processing.
CO2-free Holiday in the Tuscan Maremma
Sant’Egle organic farm is also a biodiversity preservation accommodation, thanks to the cultivation of saffron, fruit and vegetables and attention to the surrounding environment. You can take part in numerous courses, such as the collection of wild herbs, do yoga retreats, taste local delicacies or relax in the garden or in the wood-heated outdoor tub.
24 hectares of biodiversity on the slopes of Etna
Bagolarea farmhouse overlooks the Ionian coast, between Catania and Messina, and has 24 hectares of biodiversity between vegetable garden, citrus grove, orchards, vineyards and woods treated according to the principles of permaculture. The accommodation has a project that revolves around organic farming, sustainability and alternative energies and which involves the recovery of the landscape and the consequent increase in biodiversity. The farmhouse offers its guests welcoming and comfortable spaces, the ideal starting point for discovering Sicily’s sea and mountains.
Educational farm in Val Bidente
We find ourselves in the pleasant landscape of the Tosco-Romagnola hill, where Fattorie Fagioli awaits us. Autochthonous breeds, to maintain biodiversity and save those in danger of extinction and forgotten fruits are just some of the characteristics that distinguish the offer of this farm, which has as its first objective to teach children and adults the traditional agricultural practices.
Between Langhe and Monferrato
Villa Cheti invites us to discover a sustainable world, able to preserve biodiversity and live in harmony with nature. A stone’s throw from the thermal waters of Acqui Terme, the property offers comfortable spaces and the opportunity to breathe the countryside enjoying its colors and scents and participating in its rhythms.