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I was recently invited to Italy as part of the Tentsile Team, to see something that has never been done before…..the development of a “tree hotel”, in a UNESCO world heritage site, in Italy. One tremendous story, two out-of-the-box-thinkers!
Andrea Bertocchi, is a local business man in the area surrounding Milan, Northern Italy. 2 years ago, he teamed up with Tentsile’s Italian representative, Adriano Ribera, and together they have been quietly laying foundations for an idea for a Tentsile Experience Camp (TEC) in one of Europe's most idyllic beauty spots.
The site, is located in one of Italy’s most loved National Parks, just outside of Milan. The Ticino Nature Park, lies on the Ticino river (the largest protected river area in Europe) and a portion of it, has such beauty that it holds UNESCO heritage site status. There is a strict no-development-of-any-kind, policy on the area, so when the idea of a small Tentsile camp was raised, the response was a flat “no, never”.
However, that was not the end of it. Andrea and Adriano continuously petitioned the local economic development minister, the local national parks representative and ministry of local tourism, to come and see with their own eyes, the possibilities of a floating tent camp, that has no footprint and leaves no trace and a project that can act as an environmental education centre. The only hope was that, due to the fact that the Milan area’s shoe industry and fashion houses have relocated to the far-East, the area has been economically hard over the past 20 years, and they are desperate for new ideas.
We are now proud to present to the world Tentsile’s 2nd UNESCO TEC ( the first one being in Finland and has been operating since 2017), proving that our leave no trace concept in eco-tourism is no longer a dream, but a growing reality and new way to generate sustainable economic development in environmentally sensitive locations around the globe.
If you think you have what it takes to run a Tentsile Experience Camp of your own, you can get in touch via, email@example.com
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