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Sustainable tourism - The winners

FIRST PLACE

Mountain women

Motivations behind the award

The Ornica Scattered Hotel and the "Donne di Montagna" cooperative together provide the perfect keynote of tourism, environment and territory, re-valorising already existing structures by restoring not only the hamlet but also the baite (mountain lodges) and malghe (mountain huts). In respect for the environment, movement on foot or by mule is privileged. The inclusion of tourists is guaranteed by activities that keep alive the local traditions, such as alpine pasturage and hay-making. Easy access is ensured thanks to a well designed web site and a constantly updated Facebook page.

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SECOND PLACE

Vigezzina Centovalli - Slow Journey

Motivations behind the award

The railway Vigezzina Centovalli offers you the possibility to travel through the Valle Vigezzo and the Centovalli, from Domodossola to Locarno, on a tourist train, encouraging you to explore the territory aboard a means of transport that creates less of an impact and reduces the flow of traffic in the alpine valleys. Moreover, its use for tourism has meant the conservation of an infrastructure that has been part and parcel of the valley for almost a century. The web site is well designed; we appreciated in particular the possibility to acquire tickets  online.

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THIRD PLACE

Naturavalp

Motivations behind the award

The association NaturaValp has the virtue of valorising a valley that, since it is surrounded by other, much more popular tourist areas, is not at all well known. By concentrating on low-impact attractions such as hiking and sports not requiring installations, it attracts “slow” tourism. The web site is clear and exhaustive, and the Facebook page is constantly updated. The number of excellent reviews, albeit small, points to the great potential of the project.

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