Hostelling International is a global association of Youth Hostels. We are a charity and our focus has always been on social empowerment. For the 2017 Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development we have developed a busy program to address ten different areas of sustainability.
In August, we spoke about engaging our guests, our friends. Read more on our blog. A prime example of this is the responsible initiative offered at the AIG Italy hostel Ostello Diffuso dei Monti Dauni. This initiative educates hostel guests about responsible trekking and the local and sustainable harvesting of truffles.
By staying in Biccari, where you can find many activities in the Ostello Diffuso and the Dauni Mountains, you will be able to visit one of the five natural truffle areas in the Puglia area by using the hiking trails. The habitat in which the truffles grow is characterised by the presence of oaks. The collection of truffles is carried out with the help of dogs or pigs because this limits the excavation to the point where the truffles are located and avoids exposing the roots where there may be new carpofori. In the same area, you can experience the exciting and fun routes of the Adventure Park that’s surrounded by the forest.