We are delighted to announce that our website Vivafirenze.it has been awarded the “Italian Responsible Tourism Award”, conceived by the important Italian magazine “The Travel Agency”.
The prize-winning proposal was conceived and formulated together with Travelability, a company specialized in assisted tourism for the elderly and disabled: it is a touristic route between Florence and Chianti, fully accessible and able to support the local artistic and cultural heritage with a donation generated by booking the accommodation on Vivafirenze.it. The acknowledgment will be delivered on Saturday September 23 in Siena within the WTU – World Tourism Unesco event.
Year 2017 was declared by the UN General Assembly “Year of Sustainable Tourism” with the aim of strongly emphasize the need for a conscious tourism respectful of cultures and environment. The award comes to us and to our friends of Travelability in this particular year, devoted to the promotion of responsible tourism and we believe It can be a small contribute to developing a culture of closer attentiveness.
Vivafirenze.it is the first portal that combines and integrates the services of hotel booking with a collection of funds in favor of the local artistic, architectural and cultural heritage. An innovative business in the tourism industry, created on the experience of the “Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco – Life Beyond Tourism”, which since 1991 has launched projects and activities to support Cultural Heritage and to foster interpersonal knowledge by giving tourism a renewed sense. Vivafirenze.it is a business with a cultural soul, an academic seriousness and an international spirit, replicable to other destinations in the world as part of the Life Beyond Tourism orientation.
On Sunday, September 24, at 4 pm in WTU – World Tourism Unesco in Siena, the day after the prize ceremony, Life Beyond Tourism will attend a public presentation in an event dedicated to the good practices of responsible tourism, announcing news about Vivafirenze.it and the international news from the ” Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco – Life Beyond Tourism “.
2017 International Year of Sustainable tourism: It is a statement of the United Nations, which commits all tourism operators to “to advance the contribution of the tourism sector to the three pillars of sustainability – economic, social and environmental - while raising awareness of the true dimensions of a sector which is often undervalued.”, as per mouth of the UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai.
The resolution, adopted on 4 December 2015, recognizes “the importance of international tourism, and particularly of the designation of an international year of sustainable tourism for development, in fostering better understanding among peoples everywhere, in leading to a greater awareness of the rich heritage of various civilizations and in bringing about a better appreciation of the inherent values of different cultures, thereby contributing to the strengthening of peace in the world”.
This will be discussed in Florence on Friday, January 27th with an event organized by Travelability, Tuscany Region and Federalberghi. We asked Travelability to tell us its mission and its objectives.
They, like us Vivafirenze, are engaged in a challenge that concerns a more just and equitable tourism for all.
“Travelability was formed in Florence in order to create a new system of accessible tourism in Italy, for all those people who need a tourist support and / or care when planning a journey. The idea was conceived by its founders inspired by a tourism model that is becoming increasingly popular in Anglo-Saxon countries, in order to overcome all those barriers and difficulties that may be encountered in the organization of a trip in the event of non self-sufficiency.”
home page of Travel-ability website
The slogan of this company is “Beyond the Challenges”: they want to go over the initial difficulties in travelling, allowing all people to travel and to feel free, finally realizing that journey to Italy, desired for a long time, but always postponed for the fear not to find abroad the attention that you have at home.
Travelling allows to know not only other worlds and cultures, but also to open your mind, activate yourself; this is the mission of Travelability, mission that VivaFirenze fully embraces! We are ready to live with travelers arriving in Florence this international year of sustainable tourism!
Once again we are very glad to be able to sustain out territory, with the help of the International community!
Vivafirenze.it is very proud to announce its partnership with ELIA (The European League of Institutes of the Arts) for their 14th Biennial Conference “Turn Windows into Mirrors” being held in Florence from November 30th to December 3rd, 2016.
The table joins and aggregates , tells the history and traditions of the people and carries a huge economic boost . On this assumptions it was born the project “Knowledge and Flavours in the chair” that Vivafirenze.it supports with great conviction . The students of schools for hospitality of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary meet the Florentine ones and work together for a week.
It is a moment of mutual understanding, to learn new recipes and ingredients in an international environment of cooperation and professional growth.
Vivafirenze.it is proud to contribute to the running of the event “Knowledge and Flavours in the chair” given by the Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic for Tuscany under the Life Beyond Tourism® ethos created by the Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco® – Life Beyond Tourism® education with the Assessor of the City of Florence, the Ambassadors of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary and the International Visegrad Fund.
The final event will be held Friday, 7th of March at 8 pm in the armory of the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence and it will be open to the public. Students will prepare a dinner consisting of appetizer, first course, main course and dessert with traditional recipes and innovation experiments of their own country. They will look after the service of this tasty buffet that will speak five different languages for a single common table.
We look forward to taste the delicious fruit of this experiment. The proceeds from the dinner will be donated to Italian non-profit organization “Gocce di vita” to support the Professional School “Leila Biagi Dani” activities in Kisoga for the training of women in Uganda.
Christmas time for gifts, partying … and flea markets! They came from the Nordic tradition but are now entered in the Christmas events not to be missed in Florence. Excellent destination for shopping and to find more or less traditional Christmas decoration to dress the home for the holidays. It can also become an opportunity to have original products or crafts and to join a beneficial purchase with an interesting itinerary in the historic centre of Florence.
Christmas market photo by Alba Beatnoir photo studio
The summer holidays are a faded memory and christmas time is still too far away to be taken into account. In Italy the All Saint’s day on the 1st of November is a national holiday, public offices and schools are closed and this year the calendar gives us a long free weekend at our disposal.
If you have decided that this is the right opportunity to visit Florence (excellent choice!) or if you were in town and you are looking for ideas for your free time, this post on what to do in Florence is for you!
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