Last updated: June 30, 2009 (6 years ago)
Listing created on: January 25, 2005
Torri Superiore Ecovillage
(Ventimiglia, Imperia, Italy)
- Status: Established
- Started Planning: 1989
- Start Living Together: 1995
- Visitors accepted: Yes
- Open to new Members: Yes
- Website address: http://www.torri-superiore.org
- Phone: +39-0184 215504
Via Torri Superiore 5
Ventimiglia, Imperia, 18039
Visitors accepted: Yes
Contact us by email or phone, and book accommodation at our ecological guesthouse. Full work exchange volunteers are accepted in the summer (a maximum of two at a time sleep in tents) to help us with the guesthouse; working guests are always welcome (pay Euro 15/day and work part time). Check our website calendar for current activities.
Open to new Members: Yes
Ecovillage, sustainable commun
The village was abandoned by all original inhabitants, and progressively restored over the last 20 years by a community of Italians and Germans. The village is made of 160 rooms, all built in local stone and lime, which still feature the traditional arches and vaults.
The cultural association that has developed the project since 1989 is formed also by non-residents and owns about 50 percent of the village, while the other 50 percent is individually owned by the members. Only members of the association are entitled to buy property in Torri Superiore.
The restoration of the buildings respects the original characters of the beautiful hamlet while using ecological materials and appropriate technologies whenever possible. Courses and educational activities range from permaculture design to facilitation, consensus decision making, ecovillage creation, pottery, and creative cuisine. Organic agriculture activities focus mainly on olive oil production and vegetable gardens to supply the community centre.
The proximity to the beautiful river and the sea, the easily accessible walks on the surrounding mountains, and the mild climate make Torri Superiore an attractive location for ecologically sensitive people who appreciate the informal, friendly style of the group.