For that reason (and a hundred more) we are constantly partnering with businesses and non-profit organizations to support local causes on your behalf. In 2011 we donated to the rebuilding of towns in Cinque Terre after severe flooding. Meanwhile, we continue to donate a portion of all sales in Venice to the organisation ‘Venice in Peril’.
2015 has seen our biggest sustainability drive yet. Through our Positive Steps program, we’ve forged long-term partnerships with two local organizations that have the same goal: To save Rome. Together with them, we’ve undertaken bigger projects than ever before, with the aim of making a real change, and of giving back twofold for all that Italy has given us.
We want our guests to be at the heart of that process; to know that when you take walks with us, you’re making positive steps towards supporting charitable organizations and sustainable practices.
SUPPORTING SAVE ROME: FOR EXCAVATIONS & EDUCATION
The American Institute for Roman Culture works “to preserve and protect Rome’s extraordinary and unique cultural legacy through education, outreach, and action”. To this end, they provide education and cultural immersion to college students and work extensively on both excavations and communication works; bringing the wonders of Rome to as many people as possible and creating awareness around why it’s so important to protect Rome’s heritage. The AIRC has also collaborated with the Italian Ministry for Culture on fundraising and awareness initiatives.
SUPPORTING EQUOEVENTO: TO FEED ROME
Equoevento is a local Roman charity which “rescues” leftover food from events, packs it and redistributes it at shelters across Rome. Still in their early stages, the organization already has backing from Vatican properties, who donate their food and even featured them on Vatican TV. Your donations will go towards helping them to expand their operations to more events, more shelters and (hopefully) more cities across Italy.
TRAVEL LOCAL, TAKE WALKS
Our commitment to sustainable travel extends throughout Walks and all of the corporate decisions that we make — both large and small.
On the ground, we work with small local business owners over international companies – like Paolo the driver and his son Daniele who organise all of our transfers; or the Micha family, whose completely organic farm we visit on our Tuscany from Rome Day Trip; or Alina and her Mom who host our Tuscan cooking class. We choose our partners carefully so you can be sure that any Walks of Italy service will be as safe and socially responsible as it is fun.
We continue to actively seek out deserving projects and people to support, so if you know of something that might interest us, get in touch at [email protected] Don’t just take walks, take positive steps!