Sustainable Travel

As a tailor-made travel company that’s been crafting holidays for over 90 years, Citalia is intimately familiar with our partners, and so we’re in the perfect position to identify accommodation that we feel are truly committed to responsible tourism and sustainability.  

The road to sustainable travel

Sustainability is a journey, not a destination. At Citalia, we believe in the transformative power of travel. Travel can build a perspective, educate, and empower communities and individuals. We’re aware that being part of the travel industry we have challenges to overcome, such as how we handle the carbon emissions of aviation. However, we also believe that considerate travel holds many benefits, from supporting the local economy to helping appreciate and preserve Italy’s rich heritage and cultural traditions. We strive to have a positive impact on communities, which is why we recognise that cross-sector collaboration is vital for sustainability.  
Italy is an incredible destination that makes it joyful to have a responsible holiday: you can travel around by train and there are plenty of off-the-beaten-track destinations that benefit from visitors. What’s more, the country is one of Europe’s main environmental sustainability leaders, so you’ll find plenty of energy efficient and zero or beyond carbon measures already in place.  
There’s also a huge amount of agrotourism that celebrates nature, the land, and time-honoured traditions, from community-focused albergo to Italian farmhouse stays in a masseria, to Slow Food city breaks.  

At Citalia we’re always busy working on improving our company-wide sustainability vision and policies. We have embedded a range of global minimum sustainability standards into our business which include the ethical treatment of animals, green offices, reduction of single use plastic, safe and fair labour conditions, and the ethical and sustainable contracting of accommodation. We care about both our short and long-term social and environmental impact. You can read more about our Responsible Tourism efforts here.  
We want the Italy of today to be enjoyed by future generations, which is why we promote accommodation partners who share our values.  

Italy’s green hotels: What we consider

We’ve identified what we consider ‘green’ hotels and resorts in Italy, and where appropriate, promote these over hotels that are not engaged in sustainability action. We look at sustainability in a holistic sense and consider not just the environmental aspects but also the positive social impact that our hotels provide. 

Valtellina (IT) - Terrace vineyard in the Bianzone area
What factors do we consider for our Green Hotels in Italy collection?
Vineyard on Lake Garda. Sunset
Environmental Protection

Off-the-beaten path destinations | Sustainable architecture | Preserving and conserving habitats and wildlife | Low impact activities 

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Procurement Management
Localised supply chains | Responsible food sourcing | Responsible waste management | Circular economy measures 
Home made limoncello served in stemmed glasses. Summer still life
Beyond Carbon
Renewable energy sources | Plastic-free policies | Energy efficient technologies | Carbon neutral | Independent awards and certification 
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Local Community & Social Integration
Employing staff locally | Local economic contribution | Working with local NGOS | Community-owned or operated | Family-run 
Spiaggia di Rena Bianca beach with red rocks and azure clear water, Santa Terasa Gallura, Costa Smeralda, Sardinia, Italy.
Staff Treatment
Living wages | Paid leave | Promoting learning and growth opportunities | Equality and diversity | Staff empowerment  
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What our customers think

We have been helping our customers discover the real Italy for 90 years now. Our experience and expertise, together with our attention to detail and personal touch, really does make us the leading Italian holiday specialist

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