Helen Morgan

Medieval Italian Village Transformed Into Self-Sufficient Eco-Community

by , 09/01/11

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The village’s restoration began in the 1990s. The project incorporated eco-friendly principles and materials while ensuring that the village retained its traditional elements. The renovation used local stone, natural lime, and natural insulation, so the original aesthetic remains wholly unchanged, while wooden windows and eco-friendly paints compliment the buildings.

The completed eco village uses solar panels to produce hot water and renewable energy, and there are also composting toilets for the residents to use. Working as part of the GEN Global Ecovillage Network, the community is developing its permaculture goals with several organic permaculture gardens and fruit orchards.

The village cultivates fresh produce through organic cycles and seasons and proudly makes its own jams, honey, olive oil, and bread. Goats and chickens mill around freely, providing a source of dairy products.

The town aims to produce as little waste as possible – any excess organic waste is fed to the animals or composted. Two working donkeys supplement the few cars owned by the residents. The village has launched plans to lower its carbon footprint even further, by restoring the cultural center and private houses, adding more solar photovoltaic panels, and hosting workshops on sustainability to encourage others to follow an environmentally friendly lifestyle.

+ Torri Superiore

Images courtesy of Torri Superiore

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8 Comments

  1. timothyng2006 July 30, 2014 at 1:03 am

    Isn’t there any similar village in Switzerland?

  2. richardmarti July 20, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    is it possible to live in this village? I am looking at getting away from the rat race here in Switzerland!

  3. timothyng2006 January 23, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Yes how wonderful to see this village is to be self sufficient. We are trying to help this century old village to be self sufficient too: http://www.klianintan.org.my

  4. Peter G Ziminsky January 16, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    I am an Industrial Designer, Wall Stret Executive, Historic Architectural renovator and now run my own Landscape Design company – as I have a Master in Landscape Architecture. I also spent last spring in Tuscany WWOOFING – To say the least, I am very interested in your project and would love to know if and how I could participate! It seems you are living a life style that I have long been dreaming of. Any information that you might be willing to share would be greatly appreciated. All the best, Peter

  5. Brysen October 4, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    I’m not whotry to be in the same forum. ROTFL

  6. vickymoller September 3, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    what we are doing in our bit of west wales is not so different, welcome to visit.. here is a ph. no, if I am allowed to leave it:
    0044 (0)1239 820972

  7. Shaz September 1, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    What a fantastic place, I’d love to visit and see it. We can but dream. Would also love more info, say on picture 5? Is this harvesting heat from the wall or heating the wall??

  8. sabine September 1, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    How truly wonderful to see that something like this can be done! I wish you all the luck with your willage and hope that I have the opportunity to come and visit you some day (soon).

    Best of luck to you!

    Sabine Forsblom
    Finland

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