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partner LogoAmsterdam, May 23rd, 2023. The Travelife Partner level award was received today by Mandala Organic Tour (Italy). The award recognizes the long-term efforts of Mandala Organic Tour regarding sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility.

Mandala Organic Tour complies with more than 100 criteria, related to an operator’s office management, product range, international business partners and customer information. The Travelife Partner level standard is covering the ISO 26000 Corporate Social Responsibility themes, including environment, biodiversity, human rights, and labour relation.

Mandala Organic Tour participates in the EU-funded SUSTOUR project that runs from 2020 – 2023 and aims to promote sustainability among the European tour operator sector through a business led approach. The project supports over 600 small and medium-sized enterprises from 35 European countries in improving their sustainability performance through training, coaching and peer-to-peer learning opportunities.

Mr. Naut Kusters, manager of Travelife for Tour Operators, “I am delighted to see that sustainability in the tour operator sector is obtaining momentum. The Partner award of Mandala Organic Tour will inspire other companies in Europe to follow the same path’.

Travelife is the leading international sustainability certification for the travel sector. More than 35 national travel associations are promoting the scheme to their members including, SMAL, APAVT, UHPA, ANVR, ABTA, PATA and more.

Photo by Robby McCullough on UnsplashMANDALATOUR is pleased to announce to have been admitted into the EU-funded SUSTOUR project that supports over 600 small and medium-sized tour operators and travel agents from 35 European countries in improving their sustainability performance.
Sustainability is a core value of the tourism experiences that we want to provide for our customers. Therefore, we are happy to participate in this one-year support programme running from mid 2022 to mid 2023 and we commit to using this opportunity and actively improving our sustainability management and performance.
For your social media communication about the project we have prepared the following hashtags for you to


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Lunedì, 14 Maggio 2018 14:02

Mandala tour support

unogarudaGaruda Nepal is a group of organizations working together to rebuild schools in the regions most affected by the terrible earthquake of April 2015.

Thanks to the abundance of donations we have received, we have chosen to concentrate our efforts on the reconstruction of public buildings and not on individual houses. Moreover, knowing that in the villages, the education and health of children are absolute priorities, the choice to rebuild schools and clinics has become a natural choice.

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Giovedì, 05 Ottobre 2017 11:52

Mandala Tour ATCF members

conservationMandala Tour Forwards Global Conservation Efforts By Joining Adventure Travel Conservation Fund (ATCF)
ATCF members provide direct funding to support natural and cultural projects  in worldwide destinations

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Mandala Tour is proud to announce their membership in the Adventure Travel Conservation Fund (ATCF), an international nonprofit focused on funding on-the-ground conservation projects around the world. The ATCF provides members in the travel and outdoor industry an avenue to directly support projects that are critical to protecting the future of adventure travel.
“Adventure and outdoor organizations have an opportunity to come together as members of the ATCF to protect international travel destinations where we all love to explore, learn and play,” says Soraya Shattuck, ATCF Executive Director. “Without the conservation of these unique environments, cultures and communities, we risk losing the very experiences that we seek when we travel.”
The adventure tourism industry is highly dependent on conserving the world’s natural and cultural resources, which is why Mandala Tour and ATCF members from across the globe are uniting to protect threatened communities, cultures and wild places for current and future generations. Once a year, the ATCF awards grants to organizations seeking conservation funding. Grant recipients are nominated and voted on by members of ATCF, and 100% of membership dues directly fund chosen conservation projects.
“The adventure travel community has the power, the resources, and the responsibility to make an incredible impact on the world,” said outdoor industry pioneer Steve Barker, Founder of Eagle Creek and ATCF Board Chair. “Through ATCF, companies around the globe unite their influence and passion to support organizations that protect, preserve and improve destinations, resources, and indigenous cultures so they’ll be around for years to come.”
Both nonprofit and for-profit organizations, which may include conservation groups, indigenous people groups, tour operators, or accommodations, can receive project funding from ATCF. To learn more about the funding criteria, or to apply for a future ATCF grant, please visit the projects page on the ATCF website. To learn more about joining ATCF and becoming a member organization supporting global conservation, please visit
The mission of the Adventure Travel Conservation Fund (ATCF) is to directly fund local projects engaged 
in the conservation of unique natural and cultural resources of adventure travel destinations. The ATCF is an international nonprofit focused on funding conservation projects primarily outside the United States and Canada. The ATCF members are a diverse group of leading adventure travel and outdoor recreation businesses who share a common ethos and commitment to protecting the resources from which the adventure tourism industry depends on. For more information, visit

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MANDALA TOUR : Gabriele Giuffrida, founder and general manager
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ATCF: Soraya Shattuck, Executive Director of the ATCF
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Venerdì, 17 Marzo 2017 00:00

Made in the Sicilian town of Modica

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Made in the Sicilian town of Modica, this Aztec-inspired chocolate is one of the world’s best-kept secrets.
One hot day in May, I opened the door of a tiny Sicilian café and found a lone elderly woman sitting in the dark. Not realising the café was closed, I told her – in poor Italian – of my quest to find a special type of chocolate that’s unique to the island.


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Italy is home to some of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world, but now wine lovers have an even better excuse to hop over on a plane.

A vineyard in Abruzzo, just east of Rome, has opened a wine fountain that emits rivulets of red wine. 

Yes, that’s right, an actual wine fountain.

The ‘Fontana Del Vino’ has been dreamed up by Dora Sarchese Vini, a picturesque vineyard along the popular Cammino di San Tommaso hiking route.


Our tour
Giovedì, 16 Marzo 2017 00:00

Mount Etna: Facts About Volcano's

Mount Etna is the largest active volcano in Europe and one of the world's most frequently erupting volcanoes. It is also the volcano with the longest record of continuous eruption. Mount Etna also made an appearance in a "Star Wars" movie...


our tours

From palermo to etna the earth of sicily

Discovery etna and aeolian islands

Responsible trip in sicily

Volcanic photo tour

Ski touring and free ride on etna
Venerdì, 10 Marzo 2017 00:00

Europe’s Loveliest Alpine Towns

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On a trip from Lake Como to St. Moritz, Italian alpinism and Swiss charm coalesce into a truly memorable journey. Separated by Europe’s loftiest mountain range and in a region where glamour is synonymous with the great outdoors, the two towns are only a short train ride apart, providing the ideal distance to enjoy the best of both countries’ mountain culture in one journey. Beginning in Lake Como in northern Italy’s Lombardy region, discover an abundance of bougainvillea-lined villages before boarding the Bernina Express in Tirano, marking your start along the world’s most beautiful rail journey.


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Mercoledì, 08 Marzo 2017 00:00

Monte Cofano Nature Reserve

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Monte Cofano Nature Reserve, a hidden gem of Sicily
The "Monte Cofano" Nature Reserve is a protected natural area of ​​Sicily. It is a mountainous promontory of limestone, a characteristic triangular shape overlooking the sea, which reaches 659 m in height. It is located on the coast of the province of Trapani, at the eastern end of the gulf of Bonagia. It is included in the municipality of Custonaci, along the coast from Trapani to San Vito Lo Capo. The area of ​​the Reserve covers 537.5 hectares. Within it are a small seasonal wetland, a torrential ravine (Gorge Cipollazzo) and numerous karst phenomena related to remodeling of the limestone rock by water, both surface (sinkholes and sinkholes) and in depth (caves).Vegetation Stefano Marta

The Flora
The Reserve includes different Mediterranean ecosystems: the prairie of Ampelodesma, the coastal scrubland, the dwarf palm and the tree spurge; the ancient forests of oak (Quercus ilex) and downy oak (Quercus pubescens) are now very reduced; the Kermes oak (Quercus coccifera) reported in the past in the territory of the reserve is not currently more present. But the real peculiarity of the botanical reserve is represented from the cave that is home to many endemic species such as the rock cabbage (Brassica drepanensis) and the sparrow hawk of Mount Cofano (Hieracium cophanense), exclusive endemism of Mount Cofano and the near Zingaro Natural Reserve. The Bivona cabbage (Brassica bivoniana), the cornflower of the cliffs (Centaurea ucriae), the Bivona spurge (Euphorbia bivonae), the Zafferanetto Linares (Romulea linaresii) and the smarginata larkspur (Delphinium emarginatum). The reserve is also home to several species of wild orchids including the orchid Robert (Barlia robertiana), the mirror ophrys (Ophrys ciliata), the yellow ophrys (Ophrys lutea), the flower of wasp ophrys (Ophrys tenthredinifera) , the italic orchid (Orchis italica) and the butterfly orchid (Anacamptis papilionacea).
An incredible botanical garden!
Panorama Stefano Marta
The Fauna
Among mammals is reported the presence of the fox (Vulpes vulpes), the rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus), the weasel (Mustela nivalis) and the porcupine (Hystrix cristata), but also small rodents such as Savi's vole (Microtus savii ). The reserve is home to several species of migratory birds such as the peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus), the kestrel (Falco tinnunculus), the buzzard (Buteo buteo), the raven (Corvus corax), the pigeon (Columba livia) and the common gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus). Among the reptiles should be mentioned the presence of the Sicilian lizard (Podarcis wagleriana), the green lizard (Lacerta bilineata), the gongilo (Chalcides ocellatus) and, among the snakes, the western whip snake (Coluber viridiflavus) and the viper (Vipera aspis).
Lunedì, 06 Marzo 2017 00:00

Neapolitan Music by John Turturro

Neapolitan Music
Naples has played an important and vibrant role over the centuries not just in the music of Italy, but in the general history of western European musical traditions. This influence extends from the early music conservatories in the 16th century through the music of Alessandro Scarlatti during the Baroque period and the comic operas of Pergolesi, Piccinni and, eventually, Rossini and Mozart. The vitality of Neapolitan popular music from the late 19th century has made such songs as 'O Sole mio and Funiculì Funiculà a permanent part of our musical consciousness.
Naples and Vesuvius GabrieleGiuffrida
The “Canzone Napoletana”
Canzone Napoletana is what most people think of when they think of Neapolitan music. It consists of a large body of composed popular music—such songs as 'O sole mio, Torna a Surriento, Funiculì funiculà, etc. The Neapolitan song became a formal institution in the 1830s through the vehicle of an annual song writing competition for the yearly Festival of Piedigrotta, dedicated to the Madonna of Piedigrotta, a well-known church in the Mergellina area of Naples. The winner of the first festival was a song entitled Te voglio bene assaie; it was composed by the prominent opera composer, Gaetano Donizetti. The festival ran regularly until 1950 when it was abandoned. A subsequent Festival of Neapolitan Song on Italian state radio enjoyed some success in the 1950s but was eventually abandoned as well. The period since 1950 has produced such songs as Malafemmena by Totò, Indifferentemente by Mario Trevi and Carmela by Sergio Bruni. Although separated by some decades from the earlier classics of this genre, they have now become "classics" in their own right.

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Passion, the John Turturro movie
Because his Italian origin and his love for music, the actor John Turturro, in 2010 directed a wonderful musical/documentary about the Neapolitan music. The film is an investigation into the heart of the traditional Neapolitan music, from classical and opera, to folk and ethnic music, created in Naples.
Here an interview to John Turturro, talking about the meaning of this project and some nice curios facts during the making of:
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