We are based 20 km east of Torino, in an area of densely wooded hills with rich ecology and spectacular views over the river Po plain and the Alps. The area has experienced little development and is a patchwork of woodland, small farms, vineyards and little villages with distinctive architecture and local traditions. Ancient woodlands, pristine streams, wildflower meadows and two protected areas (Parco del Po and Bosco del Vaj & Bosc Grand nature reserve) offer visitors a wide range of opportunities to explore and discover this hidden corner of Italy.
Protected area of Parco Naturale delle Alpi Marittime
This southern section of the Alpine chain is one of the last wildernesses in Europe. Its wide valleys, home to wolves, chamois, ibex, marmots and other mountain wildlife, rise to the high snow covered peaks where golden eagles and bearded vultures glide. The area is covered in beach, ash and larch forests with spectacular streams and waterfalls and lots of trails that enable visitors to hike into its remote valleys and high mountains.
We also work in Gran Paradiso National Park (Val Soana) and Valli di Lanzo, a series of long and steep sided valleys which have experienced little of the ski resort development that have modified large areas of the Alpine landscape. These valleys are great venues for hiking, rafting and exploring the range of Alpine ecosystems, experiencing their raw energy and spectacular mountain terrain.
Torino Urban Environment; We take groups to visit Torino, which is one of the most beautiful Italian cities, rich in history and full of exciting places to explore. Porta Palazzo Market: This is the largest market in Europe and full of biodiversity and cultural richness. It has been a market since pre-Roman times and has a wide array of food products and commodities from all around the world. We focus on such themes as ethnobotany, human migration, economics, cultural geography and natural resource distribution and conservation. Students get to see and experience people and traders from all over the world and to appreciate how trade and economy connect us to a global market. We particularly focus on the local farmers’ market with its seasonal produce and ties connecting the urban environment to the rural landscape. By looking at what is being sold we can get insight into Torino’s diverse ethnic groups and their food cultures. We also visit the large fish market which is a great place to study market forces and natural resource scarcity. We visit the city center to see various Roman and medieval sites to study history, urban geography, urban planning and architecture. Parco Valentino is a popular destination to study the river Po, Italian history and various aspects relating to rivers, cities and environmental history. We can help arrange visits to various of the city’s museums, such as the Egyptian Museum or the Film Museum.
Industria Roman Ruins: This incredible archaeological site was once one of the largest Roman cities in Northern Italy. We have a special arrangement to take groups there, and students can explore this unique site with its Isis temple and rich atmosphere. A great place to study Roman history and access a site that is usually closed to the public. Our visits combine history, geography and storytelling to bring this special place to life.