A summer amidst nature. A slow paced vacation without continents to cross, planes to miss, experiences of here today-gone tomorrow. Summer 2020, after those long complicated months, should be dedicated to rediscovering the realm of proximity, the desire to stay in one place and get some experience in depth, creating knowledge and bonding with the territory and the communities inhabiting it.
Oasi Zegna is the perfect destination. At a little over an hour from Milan or Turin, in the mountains of Upper Valsessera, with vast woodlands, alpine pastures and stone huts, it’s a paradise for kids, for grandparents with grandchildren who want to spend some quality time in a place that’s safe and spontaneous, and for couples that love doing sport and other outdoor activities, and for everyone who this year more than ever wants to be amidst nature, as they feel a need to re-oxygenate and stay cool somewhere very green.
At Agriturismo Alpe Moncerchio, for example, they’ve designed a special offer for grandparents with grandchildren, a 3-night package, from 16 to 18 and 23 to 25 June (arrive Tuesday at 10.00 and leave Friday at 10.00), costing 120 euros. This sum covers full board (excluding drinks) for two adults and two kids under 10.
In short, 2020 is the right year to rediscover what’s recently been called staycation (stay+vacation), a sort of zero-kilometer holiday, and therefore sustainable, ecological and with the advantage of being without programs and complex organizations.
Oasi Zegna is a friend of slow tourism in fact, caring for the environment; a place to see on foot or by bike, where time has a different value and nature is always center stage.
A territory rooted in a ‘culture of without’: without mass tourism, without haste, without stress, without noise, without superstructures.
At Oasi Zegna, time and space aren’t things that have to be filled at all costs. Here nature is king. In the woods and mountains, it feels natural to want to immerse yourself in the environment and be enriched by what the territory and local communities preserve and share. Specialty food products and other goods on sale in zero-kilometer stores are also part of the picture.
Here are some good reasons for choosing your staycation at Oasi Zegna.
OPEN AIR SPORT
Nature trekking, Nordic Walking excursions and mountain biking. You can move around freely thanks to over 20 routes through Oasi Zegna (most are easy and all are properly signposted). On your own or accompanied by guides, for total safety. View all the details here.
WELLBEING, A GIFT OF NATURE
Meditative walks, bio-energetic routes, authentic forest bathing with the countless virtues of plants to recover harmony between mind, body and environment. Deep down wellbeing that can be experienced in Oasi Zegna’s Forest of Smiles, where you can breathe in volatile substances released by the leaves of the trees, which can strengthen the immune system and lower blood pressure.
And to top it all, the genuine mountain cooking at Locanda Bocchetto Sessera, the starting point for both of the experiential walks, and a stay at Albergo Ristorante Bucaneve in Bielmonte, with a wellness facility specializing in phytotherapy and naturopathy and a spectacular wooden hydromassage tub on the panoramic terrace. Or Rifugio Monte Marca (easy to reach using the historic single-sea chairlift) and Agriturismo Moncerchio, both isolated on mountain paths and offering nights in total silence, unforgettable panoramas, regenerative walks and days that pass to the rhythms of life in alpine pastureland.
BEERS, CHEESES AND OTHER ZERO KILOMETER PRODUCTS
There are some surprises in the culinary line up too, such as Jeb, a microbrewery that produces craft beers (blonde and amber) made with spring water and not filtered or pasteurized. And don’t miss out on a visit to Cascina Pilota to try the excellent goat cheeses made by Valentina and Nicola: you can enjoy them on the tables outside, with a spectacular view across the Po valley plains.