Umbrian self catering manor house, Italy

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Responsible tourism: Umbrian self catering manor house, Italy

Environment

We grow as many of our vegetables and fruits as we can and have compost( for recycling our waste) about the property. We do not use chemical fertilizers since we have horses on our property for grazing and for their excellent manure. We use our own well water and hopefully in the future to have our own electricity for water and heating.. We plant olive and fruit trees every spring and harvest our own fruit throughout the year. We produce our own olive oil and saffron. . We have bees on our property for our own honey and to pollinate our olive trees. We do not have air conditioners on the property but use our natural stone walls and floors for a cooling mechanism. We shop using reusable bags or cartons.
We have wild pig, pheasants in the woods of our property plus plenty of bird life. We have movement lights on the property to avoid the lights burning all night long.

Community

We buy fresh and locally from the farmers in the area. We try to arrange activities that are not harmful to the environment such as yoga workshops and cycling trips. We arrange educational hikes on our property to show the people the fresh wild herbs that are found and food that can be harvested.
We invite people on truffle hunts and to visit farms for the production of beans, cheese and honey. We offer guided tours of the different cities in the area so that one will have a better understanding of the wealth and history of art and culture. One of the most rewarding tour is to visit the city of Assisi and the church of St. Francisca. Inside there are the famous paintings of Giotto describing the life of St. Francis , the patron saint of Italy. An exciting tour for the artists is to the city of Derut; the world famous capital of Maiolica. to visit the museum there and to participate in a 3 hour pottery making course. You will end up with your own pottery to take home. Of course I could not forget the different wine tours that we arrange to the local cantinas since Umbria has some very unique grapes that are not found anywhere else in Italy such as the Sagrantino , Grecchetto and Trebbiano Spoletino grape.

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