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Meet Acqui Terme, a small roman town in the heart of Unesco.

Acqui is a great little town to visit with everything you need. It dates back to roman times its original name you may spot was Acque Statielli, the Romans settled here for the thermal waters. It has several ruins, the roman baths, the remnants of a shop and of course the Acquedotto.

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Piazza Italia

Acqui boasts many excellent restaurants with one Michelin star rated, many bars! We also have a world class Spa being a town based on thermal springs, there are two locales where you can bathe or treat yourself. Acqui Terme is an excellent base for exploring Piemonte and discovering its fabulous wine (Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera, Dolcetto, Brachetto to name just a few ) and of course the cuisine. Acqui also has several Gelato shops that serves the best ice cream in the world.

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We are easy days trips to Genoa and the mediterranean, Turin the old capital of Italy and Milan centre of fashion. One of the top designer malls in Europe is 40 minutes away with the very best of fashion such as Bulgari, Prada, Hugo Boss. There are many amazing places to walk/hike/bike – the above is 5 mins from Verdmont. On a clear day you can spot white capped mountains (the Alps). Smaller towns that are reachable in under an hour include Asti for the spumante, Alba for its white truffles, and Alessandria for its citadel and old town. Each has its own story charm and flavour, you will not be bored! Need help planning? Contact us at info@verdmont.co Fancy a swim?

A local river swimming area perfect for kids
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We declare a Climate Emergency

We have signed up to Tourism Declares, an initiative that supports tourism businesses, organisations and individuals in declaring a climate emergency and taking purposeful action to reduce their carbon emissions as per the advice from The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to cut global carbon emissions to 55% below 2017 levels by 2030.

Like all signatories, we have committed to the following actions:

1. We have developed and deployed a ‘Climate Emergency Plan’ over the last five years, we have set out our intentions to reduce carbon emissions over the next decade.

2. We accept and go beyond the current IPCC advice stating the need to cut global carbon emissions to 55% below 2017 levels by 2030 in order to keep the planet within 1.5 degrees of warming. We’ll ensure our ‘Climate Emergency Plan’ represents actions designed to achieve this as a minimum, through delivering transparent, measurable and increasing reductions in the total carbon emissions for our Hotel arising from our operations and the travel services sold by us.

3. Encourage our suppliers and partners to make the same declaration; sharing best practice amongst peers; and actively participate in the Tourism Declares community

4. We advocate for change. We recognise the need for system change across the industry to accelerate a just transition towards carbon-free tourism.

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Covid 19 in Lockdown

So we have been in Lockdown for weeks in fact forget how long but we are very fortunate with alot of space and and time. So what have we been doing?

The Cabana is progressing nicely but we have had to come to a halt to respect guidelines. So we have turned to the garden.

Our main aim is to roll back human interference and implement rewilding. This is leaving zones naturally wild to encourage biodiversity into the Verdmont estate. In this spirit we are creating a wild Biozone including a water, and a wildflower garden with new fruit trees in the lower area. Also in this zone we will be installing a water garden allowing population by local species. We will be designing it as a large shallow basin respecting the land and filling it with collected rainwater. Its banks will be local rock and stone and log piles from our trees which will serve as habitats for frogs and salamanders. Surrounding this will be a natural flower meadow and banks of local plants flowers and self seeded trees. This will provide food and shelter for insects birds and bats. It will all take time but work has already started and the flower meadow already planted. We are hoping this rich landscape will allow struggling local species to survive.

During our extended time we have notice new tree seedings and growing nicely and naturalizing our landscape while storing carbon dioxide. The latest specimens are walnut, fig, sambucus or elder, birch, wild cherry and alot of acacia. We have managed to ring fence around 120 trees for protecting from animals to allow them to reach maturity.

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Ecological living

In these days of climate emergency I like to take a step back and really look at what one human, or one family can do one step at a time. But not only that something you can do today right now a choice that can make a difference.

It is all too easy to say the problem is too big, nothing I do will help. I prefer to think of the flip side of this, and imagine a lake and you are a pebble, can you see where I am going. Your action small as it may be may be just enough to have a ripple that grows and spreads.

So what action can you take right now that will make an impact?

The main guiding principle is to buy and use and consume as little as possible but this need not be boring or mean discomfort. Let’s have some examples.

Ditch plastic, no plastic bags, plastic wrap, plastic bottles, say no!! You won’t miss it. Cling film can be replaced with beeswax wrap, what about baking paper it is not recycled select a reusable sheet.

Take a thermos instead of buying plastic bottles

No plastic toothbrushes, you know they are 100% new plastic, packed in plastic and non recyclable. What about switching to Bamboo? You will not even notice the difference! If even a few billion on this planet did that you can imagine the difference.

Whilst in the bathroom we can also toss plastic cotton buds there are paper and reusable alternatives.

We can also ditch sanitary pads for bamboo reusable ones or a diva cup, they work they are available you save money.

Shun clothing, really buy the minimum and make it last, by the way restyling clothes is actually a thing and its enormous fun. Swap, exchange clothing.

You can do the above with furniture too, can notice many hand painted and recycled items at Verdmont it breathes new life into old pieces.

A major contender would be to reduce meat consumption especially beef.

Buy less meat and buy local where possible.

There are so many things you can do the list goes on and on once you start thinking there are many creative changes you can make, in fact I would like to hear some ideas. So message us via twitter, instagram or facebook.

Think R

Reuse

Recycle

Rot

Before you buy, think can I get a less package alternative. Do I need this at all? How long will it last?

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2019 a year of Change, Climate change

No sooner we opened the new extended Glamping it was swept away quite literally. The November storms that hit Italy wrought devastation to our new nature zone. Taking the entire A frame around 29m downhill in a huge landslide.

We have manage to dig most of the structure out and have already started to rebuild in another location.

On a negative note this shows the destruction possible in a very short space of time, on a positive note it allows for renewal and rethinking and reusing.

We are of course disturbed by this setback but we must also recognize that it was due to extreme weather caused by climate change. This is not the first time we have had flooding in the region, but each time it happens it is more water more extreme.

Far from being discouraged we are redoubling our efforts both personally and on a business level to combat climate change and we will be sharing those ideas with you.

We will be back better than before …watch this space.