About 100 km from Milan, near to Novate Mezzola (in the municipality of Sondrio), overlooking the pretty Lake Mezzola, the Val Codera has the unusual peculiarity of having villages that are inhabited year-round regardless of the fact that there is no chartable road. In fact the only way to reach Novate Mezzola is by following a paved windy mule-track that carves its way across the granite walls that enclose this valley like a fortress. Settled in this harsh and wild place, Codera is the small chief town of this unique and remote area that still thrives with life! In the depths of a vast sweet-chestnut forest, nestled in a sunny spot at 825 m, 12 people live permanently- a number that grows to about a hundred during the warmer seasons. The association whose members are residents or lovers of this valley, has the intent to revive this area by protecting and maintaining its cultural aspects (agricultural, human or historical). By encouraging an environmentally aware kind of tourism that may appreciate the abundant resources of this area, this association hopes to fight the progressive depopulation caused by its isolation by offering lodging in two of the villages buildings and by catering local and traditional dishes. The guests various chores will be spent towards the year round maintenance and support of the various activities in this small society such as: organic agriculture will range from working in the fields (sowing and harvesting potatoes, sweetcorn, beans), vegetable patches maintenance, clearing abandoned land, woods maintenance and hay making from various surrounding areas, paths clearing, dry-stone building, chestnut harvesting, jam making, logging, maintaining the ethnographic museum and a small public library etc etc. You may stay as long as you wish, bearing in mind its isolation (2 hour walk). We suggest you stay longer than 3 days. Languages spoken Italian and some English.