Foraging for simplicity

Last Summer one of the students of the Urbino Project (a program  for student journalists from around the world to develop multimedia journalism stories to document the people and places of Urbino and the Marche Region of Italy) came to Valle Nuova, this is the article that she wrote.
And here’s a great article by another […]

VALLE NUOVA – carbon neutral holiday home & organic farm

Valle Nuova is a green carbon neutral holiday home and organic farm.
We have 166Kw of photovoltaic panels installed on the roofs of our cowshed, barn and stables (or we will shortly have them again after the snow crashed some of them last February). In 1 year our solar panels produced 184000 Kwh of electricity, […]

Photovoltaic: a new green step

We are trying to survive the attack of all the paperwork needed to install photovoltaic panels and start putting energy back into the grid. It’s been a long and busy spring, well, actually it’s been a long and busy winter, spring and summer is not proving anything easier…
Yes, we installed more photovoltaic panels and the […]

Change for the oceans: new FreeRange Studios video

A new FreeRange Studios video featuring John Cleese (his voice, that is).”Given enough time, sea life could adapt to climate change. Sadly animals evolve far too slowly. But we can change as quickly as we choose to. Small actions can make a real difference. What will you do to help ocean life and our […]

Carbon neutral?

Our 50Kw Photovoltaic plant is up and running now!
It produces enough electricity for approx 18 households and I calculate (even if it’s really hard) that (along with our existent smaller plant, sustainable heating and hot water system, organic farming, home produced or zero miles food, energy & water saving, recycling, low packaging – no […]

The Guardian GREEN TRAVEL LIST 2010

The Locanda is the only Italian property included in The Guardian Green Travel List 2010!!

Locanda della Valle Nuova, Italy

Like most agriturismos, food and wine are the focus at Locanda, a 1920s farmhouse run on solar power near the hilltop town of Urbino in northwest Italy. The owners grow organic wheat, fruit and vegetables, raise […]

Suggestions for a greener home 1: waste

I have been contacted by the UNWTO (United Nations World Tourism Organization) that is running a project called Hotel Energy Solutions that will “deliver information, technical support and training to help small and medium sized hotels across the 27 EU countries to increase their use of energy efficiency and renewable energy”.

In order to be […]

More green electricity

We installed our photovoltaic panels this past summer and we’re now producing enough green electricity to power our inn and cow sheds, now we’re taking a further step: we just signed a contract to install almost 50 Kw of photovoltaic panels (meaning 60.000 Kwh of electricity produced per year) on the roof of our […]

Clean Breaks: 500 New Ways to See the World

The Locanda has been included in the Rough Guides book Clean Breaks: 500 new ways to see the world by Richard Hammond and Jeremy Smith.

“Clean Breaks unearths 500 unique experiences and new ways to travel that make a real difference to the lives of local people and the planet. Discover a wealth of new […]

Say “cheese”…

This week we haven’t had many guests, the season is being slower than usual (even if not nearly as bad as I expected and much better than I hear from other people), but somehow we manage to be as busy as we are on a busier season… mistery!

During the last week we had two […]