The medieval village of Torri Superiore is a small jewel of popular architecture located at the foothill of the Ligurian Alps, a few kilometres from the Mediterranean Sea and the French border, close to the coastal town of Ventimiglia. Originating in the thirteen century, the village is structured in three main bodies with more than 160 rooms, all connected by an intricate fabric of stairways.
Its complex structure has often been compared to a fortress or a labyrinth, perched on the mountainside. The village has been entirely restored and is now open to ecotourism, for courses, meetings and programs of environmental education, and offers an accommodation for stays and vacations.
It is perfect for people interested in getting to know Ecovillage life and looking for a holiday in a natural environment full of suggestions.
The borough di Torri Superiore is ideally located for hiking and excuriosn. The guesthouse offers single, double and multiple rooms, and a large room for conventions, trainings and cultural activities.
The Torri Superiore Cultural Association was founded in 1989 with the social aim to restore and repopulate the medieval village in a state of abandonment, to support the creation of a resident community, and to contribute to the creation of an ecovillage and a Cultural Center open to the public.
Excerpt from the statute: “The association is non – profit, it aims to promote the settlement of its associates in Torri Superiore Superior to give life to a community based on harmony and respect for people, nature and the environment, overcoming every type of dogma and pre-constituted ideology. It identifies as the foundation of its experience the desire to seek and propose ways of life and relationship fraternal and solidarian, promoting the personal and evolution of individuals and of the group, respecting the times and material and spiritual needs of everyone involved. “
The association has about 30 members, both residents and non-residents, and it puts into practice principles of sustainability, cooperation and solidarity. The association does not have political, ideological or religious positions, but it bases its vision on the objectives stated in its articles. The general programs of activity of the association and of the Ecovillage, including ecotourism, are decided by the Assembly of the Members which meets twice a year (in April and November). The Board of Directors, composed of 7/9 members is elected every other year between residents and non-residents; it usually meets every two or three months.
The cultural association owns the public part of the medieval village, currently used as a holiday home and managed by Ture Nirvane Cooperative Company Ltd.