Today, tourist destinations are chosen not only for their attractions or artistic and cultural richness, but also for the availability of environmentally friendly solutions. For those working in the tourism industry, in fact, it has become crucial to make choices that can limit the environmental impact. According to a survey by VisitEngland, around 58 per cent of people surveyed prefer to choose environmentally friendly accommodation, mainly located in many protected areas.
Italy is a country that is home to several national parks, protected areas and locations where nature has remained unspoiled. The land of the Dolcevita has a flourishing ecotourism industry, thus, is the perfect choice for whom for those who wish to experience all the best of an eco-friendly holiday.
1. Discovering the green heart of Tuscany
Tuscany has always been an environmentally friendly region, not least because it has a rich natural heritage. The cities, however, are no exception and Grosseto, in fact, is considered a model for sustainable tourism in Europe. Moreover, Tuscany is the home of the Maremma National Park. There are plenty of seaside resorts, perfect for summer holidays, where numerous initiatives have been promoted to reduce the use of plastic.
Diving and trekking are not the only activities that can be done here, but the area also has some natural thermal sites, such as the Terme di Saturnia, a real attraction that gathers tourists from all over the world.
This location is not only perfect as a holiday destination, but since it is frequented by many Anglo-Saxon tourists, it is also an ideal place for those who want to start an ecological accommodation business. There is a wide range of houses for sale in Tuscany Italy, perfect as holiday homes, that are powered by sustainable energy sources or can be made energy efficient by taking the benefit of some interesting incentives.
2. Cinque Terre, unspoiled locations by the sea
Among the sustainable destinations in Italy are the Cinque Terre. This area of the Italian Riviera offers numerous small villages and hills overlooking the sea, as well as beautiful landscapes: it is the perfect place for those who love to hike and discover nature.Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore, which are the main localities, are all UNESCO World Heritage Sites and are nestled in the protected area of the Cinque Terre National Park. In addition, agritourism and hotels can be found in the area, especially in those places that are small hidden gems off the mass tourist routes.
3. Trentino Alto Adige, a region at the foothills of the Dolomites
Trentino Alto Adige, a region located in the north of Italy, has been awarded as ‘Green Region of Italy’ in February 2015. Since that time, initiatives to protect the environment have increased and today this destination is perfect for those who enjoy sustainable tourism, a slow and relaxed lifestyle and discover unspoiled spots.
For example, there are over 300 km of cycle paths here that bring you to admire unexpected views. Lake Coldonazzo is highly suggestive: in addition to relaxing on its shores, where there are equipped bathing beaches, various water sports can be practiced here.
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