Last updated: June 30, 2009 (4 years ago)
Listing created on: January 25, 2005

Torri Superiore Ecovillage

(Ventimiglia, Imperia, Italy)

  • Status: Established
  • Formed: 1989  Established: 1995
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address: http://www.torri-superiore.org
  • Phone: +39-0184 215504
  • Address:
    Via Torri Superiore 5
    Ventimiglia, Imperia, 18039
    Italy
  • Visitor Process

    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.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

Ecovillage, sustainable commun

Community Description:

The medieval village of Torri Superiore is situated in the Ligurian hinterland, close to the town of Ventimiglia (11 km away). Torri Superiore is an ecovillage and a member of the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN).

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.

Population

  • Adult Members: 21
  • Child Members: 6
  • Non-member Residents: 1
  • Percent Women: 41-49%
  • Percent Men: 51-60%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes

Social Factors

  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling

Government

  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Qualified majority is used at the annual meeting of the Association

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Rural, Rural
  • Area: 4.9 acres
  • Land owned by: A subgroup of community members
  • Current number of residences: 22
  • Additional Comments: 22 individual apartments and a very large community / cultural centre – about 50% of the village

    50% of the village is in common, 50% is divided in small private apartments

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Partial share of income
  • Shared Expenses: Partial share of expenses
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: 0
  • Regular Fee: 0
  • Additional Comments: All residents serve a minimum of 6 to 10 hours per week

    A monthly fee is requested to cover food and accommodation costs

Diet

  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Current food produced: Between 25-50%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Very important – we all share a common diet.
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used often.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Additional comments: Mediterranean and oriental, little meat, lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, mostly organic

    Wine is served only at dinner (evening meal)

    Smoking is allowed only outdoors

We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.