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Sustainable holidays in the Italian countryside

23 January 2015
eco-friendly vacations in the countryside

Getting in touch with nature in a low impact accommodation

It is important to keep a sustainable lifestyle during vacation days, too. We got some tips about places that can help us in this important commitment.

Environmental friendly behaviors are essential to make ecologic tourism!

A growing number of accommodations are becoming real eco-friendly hotels, b&b and farms, through green actions: from installing photovoltaic and solar systems to offering biologic breakfasts, using 0km products and much more. Besides, many accommodation managers now communicate environmental efforts of their structures in their websites and in place, too.

Here for you, some examples of Italian eco-friendly accommodations, widespread especially in rural areas and small villages .

Eco Hotel Zanella 
Via Sighele, 1 - Torbole-Nago - Trento
Hotel Zanella is an historical three star Hotel located in the center of Nago just one mile above Torbole and the Garda Lake.
Their “eco” philosophy includes consumption decreasing, energy self-production thanks to a photovoltaic system, commitment for a better waste management through recycling bins in all rooms and the use of eco-friendly products and cleansers and recycled paper.
It is a perfect start point for a bike ride along lakeside, or for trekkers and climbers!

Natural Hotel 
Località Inano, 1 – Frattuccia - Terni

This farm accommodation (“agriturismo” in Italian) is located inside the Renewable Energy Park (P.e.R.), a environmental protected area in the heart of Umbria Region, between Todi and Amelia, just an hour far from Rome.
Both if you choose to stay in one of the traditional rooms in the farm or in the Zero Energy House (a low impact experimental building), you will enjoy the best practical application of environmentally friendly technologies. You can be sure that your vacation won't hurt the nature, as all the energy of the farm is zero emission.
The farm also offers a horse riding service and a 0km restaurant with products from the farm vegetable garden.

Cascina Rodiani 
Via Ronco, 251 - Drezzo – Como
This accommodation, a colonial house of the late 1600's, is situated on the top of a hill of Spina Verde Park, a few kms far from Como and Chiasso.
The Cascina follows the principles of sustainable tourism, and it features solar and thermal energy for hot water and a wood pellet power plant for central heating. All electrical appliances and light-bulbs are A-rated or better. All extra energy is from renewable sources. Refillable, bulk dispensers of soap and shampoo in every room. Recycling, Reusing and Reducing. Vegetable and biodegradable waste are composted.

It is a start point to visit the surroundings or just take a green walk inside the Spina Verde Park of Como.