Last updated: January 29, 2016 (1 week ago)
Listing created on: January 25, 2005
Torri Superiore Ecovillage
(Ventimiglia, Imperia, Italy)
- Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
- Started Planning: 1989
- Start Living Together: 1995
- Visitors accepted: Yes
- Open to new Members: Yes
- Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community.
- Website address: http://www.torri-superiore.org
- Business, Project, or Organization: http://www.torri-superiore.org
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EcovillaggioTorriSuperiore/?ref=hl
- Phone: +39-0184 215504
- Community Address:
Via Torri Superiore 5
Ventimiglia, Imperia, 18039
Ecovillage, sustainable community, responsible tourism, organic farming, social inclusion and participatory processes.
The village was abandoned by all original inhabitants, and progressively restored over the last 25 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. A welcoming ecological guesthouse with cozy bedrooms, a large panoramic meeting room and an excellent organic restaurant is open to all visitors and groups. Courses and seminars are regularly organised.