Green Europe, the latest Alastair Sawday’s title is out, and the Locanda is included, of course!
“Our Green Europe collection features special places that go the extra mile to provide responsible holidays. You will find over 170 authentic, beautiful places to stay that champion organic food, use eco-friendly technologies, contribute to conservation, or have a positive impact on their community.”
LOCANDA DELLA VALLE NUOVA
In gentle, breeze-cooled hills, surrounded by ancient, protected oaks and on the road that leads to glorious Urbino, this 185-acre farm is an unusual, unexpectedly modern place whose owners’ motto, that “one should tread lightly on teh earth”, colours every aspect of their lives. The cork-insulated farm, dotted with horses and two riding arenas, has been certified organic for nearly 25 years and nearly all of the delicious food and wine served by Signora Savini and her daughter Giulia is home-produced; the rest is sourced from local organic producers. In an area historically renowned for hunting, here it is forbidden, providing a haven for wild animals. Water is purified for drinking, showers are heated by the hot Italian sunshine, and prunings from the farm’s woods, where truffles are gathered in autumn, feed a low-consumption wood stove to heat the house. It’s worth asking for one of the bigger bedrooms, preferably with a view; all have bed linen and towels made from 100% natural fibres. With solar panels soon to be installed, La Locanda defines Italian eco agritourism.
Talking about “greenness”… here’s a photo of the hills around the Locanda just a few days ago!