Le Marche holiday accommodation in Italy

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Responsible tourism: Le Marche holiday accommodation in Italy

Environment

Keeping in mind the philosophy that "…one should tread lightly on the earth…" we have been an Organic farm since 1981 and is AMAB member, the farm is certified by CCPB.

The Locanda (a farmer’s house built in the 1920s) was restored in 1998 with special attention to energy conservation: the windows are double-glazed, the house is thermically and acoustically insulated and is fitted with solar collectors. The heating system is run using renewable energy: sun power and a low consumption wood stove (the wood we use comes from our 20 hectares woods gathered when we are cleaning the woods or pruning). The house is fitted with low consumption light bulbs and two years ago we installed photovoltaic panels for the farm, the Locanda and for selling electricity, the panels are all on our roofs to keep using our land to plant and grow our food and not spoil the environment.
The farm & accommodation are carbon neutral with over 100000 kg of CO2 less in the athmosphere thanks to our photovoltaic plant.

We organically produce in the farm more than 70% of the food we serve in the restaurant and we buy all we can from nearby farms, most of them organic. This way we also reduce plastic wrappings, cans, etc. All the house-linens are made of 100% natural fibres to minimize possible allergies while providing a high level of comfort. In the bathrooms you’ll find soap dispensers, we don’t use disposable items such as prepackaged soap, plastic cutlery or glasses.

We ask our guests to join us protecting the environment:

- Smoking is not allowed inside the Locanda.
- For the environment’s sake we change the towels and bed linens twice a week and once a week in the apartments.
- We recommend to consume water consciously.
- We invite our guests to make sure that the lights and the ceiling fans are off when they leave their rooms: even if we produce all our electricity, there's no reason to waste it!
- Keeping the shutters and windows closed during the day and open at night is the best way to keep a room cool (our windows are provided with mosquito screens so that the "fauna" keeps outside)
- We provide recycling bins for cans, plastic, paper and compost that can be disposed to in our manure.

Community

We support local businesses and local farmers by buying directly from them most of the products that we use in our kitchen (those that we do not produce ourselves).
We work with our neighbours to spread the idea of a cleaner agriculture and we learn the old farming techniques (often abandoned in favour of chemicals and industrial techniques) and the local traditions.
We suggest locally owned shops and local artisans to our guests so that they can buy consciously during their stay.

Reviews of Le Marche holiday accommodation in Italy

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 23 Aug 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Helping ourselves from the vegetable garden, eating figs off the tree, and going horse-riding with the business next door.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take plenty of games if you have kids, the weather is unpredictable.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?




4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very enjoyable!

Reviewed on 10 Jun 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Everything was memorable! I think the best part for us was also the simplest - sitting on the terrace in the sun, whenever we could, just looking at and drinking in the stunning view and feel of Italian rolling hills! These hills we classes as being all ours for seven whole lovely days, as there wasn't another soul around for miles!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Car hire is essential as the apartment is beautifully and wonderfully remote! However, having said that my advice would be to stay local and not drive too far a field! You don't need to do so, as pure beauty is right where you are! My friend I was with, was on crutches and in a wheelchair, due to a broken foot from before we travelled! This meant our planned trips to Pisa etc all went in the bin, for practical reasons of her getting around.

Yet, we both said that we were glad, as so often on holidays you spend all your time driving from one tourist spot to another. We didn't see one other tourist all week, which was so refreshing. We visited our nearest local towns and celebrated being in them. Urbania is lovely and obviously you must visit the famous walled town of Urbino! However, just driving randomly down the road revealed stunning hill top towns and little villages that are the real Italy just waiting to be enjoyed! Truly magical!
Guilia and her parents were wonderful hosts. We really recommend taking up their offer of a home cooked five course Italian meal one night during your stay, as it was obviously delicious, but also was such an authentically Italian joyful experience. Thank you Guilia!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, absolutely! Guilia runs a farm and her produce is used by some of the local providers of food and drink. I wouldn't imagine there was much, if any, negative environmental impact from our stay. We ate locally in the restaurants and used local small shops, such as a little local Art Gallery Shop with lovely gifts.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


I can sum this up in one sentence - my friend and I both cried on the night before we had to leave; one of my best holidays ever!

Reviewed on 13 Nov 2008 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The welcome was exceptional and we would definitely return, if lucky enough to be visiting again.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


The food is brilliant, and the rooms extremely comfortable.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Very much.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent.

Reviewed on 18 Jun 2008 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Most memorable was visiting the hill top towns of Le Marche, especially San Leo & Fermo.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be prepared for all weathers! Our experience on visiting Italy this time of year was a bit off mark from the sort of weather we had, supposedly the worst for 57 years!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


I hope so. We used local restaurants & shops and recycled as much of our waste that we could.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


This is a difficult one, as the weather was a great factor in our holiday, but if you take that out of the equation we had a lovely restful & quiet holiday. The accommodation was fantastic as were the owners who were extremely helpful. We didn't want for anything, except a bit less rain and a bit more sun!!

Reviewed on 01 Oct 2007 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


It's difficult to isolate one memorable or exciting event out of a period of time that felt so integrated. The journeys we made to different towns and villages in the region were always exciting; even the smallest community had something special: a castle, an ancient fort, a sacred work of art, to see. The mountains were extraordinarily beautiful and wild; we loved our walks in the Furlo Gorge and the Gorge of the Hermitage. If we return, we would want to find more walking trails in the mountains.

Being able to divide our travelling time between wild natural places and beautiful villages and towns was very rewarding. Urbino, in particular, with the richness of its art and architecture, was wonderful to visit. The Frassassi Caves were spectacular, although this was the only place where I felt we were being 'processed' as tourists, and where there was a strong commercial current running underneath the natural site itself, which detracted from its majesty and beauty. When you are in a place that is well over a million years old, it feels oppressive, and disrespectful to the site itself, to be rushed through it!

Underneath all the beauty and the wildness of the region, we both appreciated deeply the friendliness and hospitality of the people we met on our journeys. The sense of community and connectedness between people of all ages was tangible: the respect for local history and a refusal to conform to the corporate, the bland and the tawdry was very striking and, we felt, contrasted strongly with our own landscapes in England, where so often, one town looks exactly like another and where historical sites have been eradicated in favour of shopping malls....

And, back home, the place where we were staying was equally memorable. It did feel like 'home' for the two weeks we were there. It was beautiful, it was quiet, it was private, and we were treated with enormous generosity, warmth and care by both Giulia and her family. It allowed us to relax and settle into a pace of living that neither of us have been able to inhabit for years, where it was possible to track the sun through the sky from morning to dusk, and feel happy to have done nothing more than read, swim, sit in the sun, walk around the grounds and be loving to the animals around the place.

I was unwell for the first 5 days of the holiday and Giulia went out of her way to help, both in terms of getting me a doctor and offering to translate for me when he arrived. Thank you.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


As with all holidays, it's important to be clear about what you want from your time on holiday. We wanted a peaceful and beautiful environment: with choices about places to go, but without feeling saturated by possibilities and demands on our time.

This region of Italy is very beautiful in many ways. It needs more time than a few days to appreciate it.

We both wished we had some fluency and confidence with the Italian language. We did try to talk Italian and, when we did, we were treated with great courtesy and patience! However, our lack of ability frustrated us both and we both felt we would want to work harder at being more conversant in the language next time we go.

We have both made a decision not to fly any more, because of the damage it wreaks on our environment. We therefore made the journey by trains, and hired a car whilst at the farm. This worked really well. The journey took longer, but became an integral part of the holiday itself and was exciting in its own right. I would therefore encourage other people to do the same, and take the time to plan your journey accordingly.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes, I think so. Because we were on a working farm, it was clear that the revenue from holiday was being used directly to benefit the working enterprise of the farm itself, and the people who are working on it. We chose this venue because it was an enterprise committed to organic principles and conservation of the environment; we would both have welcomed having this ethos even more evident than it was. For example, we were happy to separate out our rubbish into what was compostable and what wasn't, and we did so, but there wasn't any requirement for us to do that.

The commitment that Giulia felt towards the farm was obvious; I would have liked to have walked round it with her, had that been possible, but I didn't get round to asking her - I would next time!

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Wonderful. Thank you.

Reviewed on 25 Jul 2005 by

We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday at this accommodation. Beautiful setting, spotlessly clean room, tastefully decorated. Excellent food using local produce. Friendly helpful hosts. Superb swimming pool. If you are looking for an away from it all break this is it. I would certainly recommend it.

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