Perugia self catering accommodation in Umbria, Italy

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Responsible tourism: Perugia self catering accommodation in Umbria, Italy

I am part of the administrative Council of the First District of the town of Perugia. Perugia is divided into 13 districts (called Circoscrizioni). I am one of the 15 councillors of the First Circoscrizione. I was elected democratically by the people in the area. This is a totally voluntary commitment and without any remuneration. The Council annually gives contributions to the integration of legal immigrants. The Council manages some housing occupied by families less fortunate. The Council promotes the recovery of old buildings and the maintenance and control of green areas and forests. The Board is also for monitoring compliance with the legislation and the urban environment throughout the area.

My family and I support charity: each year we give 200 Euro to the Catholic Church for "Caritas" (Catholic humanitarian organization); Euro 250 to the "Comitato per la vita Daniele Chianelli" (Perugia Association Foundation for research and treatment of leukemia and cancer of children), Euro 200 to the AIRC "Associazione Italiana per la ricerca sul Cancro" (Italian Association for Research on Cancer). Finally, usually once a year we advertise among our friends and on our walls a collection of used clothes and toys for families less fortunate in our area.

We use eco cleaning products in our villa. We use them to wash linens, towels and sheets of our guests weekly. We don't provide products (such as food or soap) to our guests. If they ask I'm always happy to give them suggestions for the best eco cleaning products they can find in Perugia. The name of the products that we use is ECO LAND. We use it for the washing-machine, dish-washer and hand wash liquid soap. The Eco Land products don't have any phosphates, enzymes, chlorine or dyes. It contains surfactants of plant origin and essential oil of orange and violet. They are made from the natural company kigroup.

We cultivate our garden without the use of pesticides and chemical fertilisers. We recycle at home and do a separate collection for metal, plastic, glass, paper, medicines and batteries. Also we encourage our guests to do the same: At only 300/400 meters from the villa there is the point of separate collection of the area. We recommend always our guests to divide metal, plastic, glass and paper and bring everything to this collection point. I always work at home to reduce pollution. I use only recycled paper and also recycle ink cartridge for the printer. I speak a lot with our Guests. I'm happy to provide suggestions and I always try to grant any requests.

Throughout the sewage system of the villa is a new system to minimise the negative impacts on nature; the natural "fitodepurazione". At the end of the garden and underground we have a system that uses particular plants in the garden to purify the sewage system before entering all the water into the local pipelines. At the end of this natural process water could even be drunk! We preferred not to asphalt the road of 150 metres leading to the villa, and also the parking inside the property. This is to respect nature and not ruin the impact of the natural area.

As the villa is a luxury family vacation rental managed by me and my family, we don't have other people in our staff ...only my family. As self catering vacation rental (no food, no restaurant... each apt. has a fully equipped kitchen) we provide a welcome basket at the arrival with local food and beverage for the first evening and morning: typical Umbria olive oil, spaghetti, tomato sauce, Umbria red wine, bread, milk, sugar, tea, coffee, Cornflakes, butter, infusion, biscuits, water, orange juice and jam. I'm always happy to give suggestions about our typical food, wine and wine tours, restaurants and trattoria (typical Italian restaurant). We buy this food directly and always in a typical family-owned Perugia food store close to the Villa.

We use always the same local workers: our plumbers, electricians, painters, blacksmith, gardeners and carpenters are all artisans of Perugia! We don't like big companies and we always prefer to have the same Perugia artisans.

Reviews of Perugia self catering accommodation in Umbria, Italy

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation 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 22 Jul 2015 by

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


We have wonderful memories of relaxing at Villa Nuba, meeting new friends and exploring the beautiful countryside of Umbria. Fantastic part of the world.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Make sure you rent a car (with GPS) to see Umbria. You really don't need a car if you are only interested in Perugia, as Villa Nuba is so close to the city centre.

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


There is a fantastic focus on regional foods and products which benefits the locality. The property's saltwater pool is a major attraction. We made sure to get all our gelato in cones so as to reduce paper cup waste! ; ))

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


I am delighted to highly recommend Villa Nuba. It really was an amazing vacation. But be prepared....leaving it will break your heart!

Reviewed on 24 Sep 2015 by

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


We had a great 2 weeks at here staying in La Perugina Apartment.The large space was great for our family of 5 - 2 beds 2 baths and a large living area.The salt water pool is beautifully designed and maintained and was a real highlight of
our stay. The location is great for central Perugia and Guiseppe is a lovely and welcoming host. I would highly recommend it if you are visiting Umbria.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


The Apartment stayed nice and cool despite the 36 degrees temp so we did not need to use the air con. The kitchen is quite small but was sufficient for our stay - we mostly ate on our lovely private terrace outside.

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


It's always lovely to be hosted by local people. Guiseppe makes a real effort with his guests, even to the extent of giving us a driving tour of Perugia, pointing out local places of interests and shops. He also provides the apartment with the Villa
Nuba Gold Card with discounts to local favourite restaurants and shops. We found a couple of really excellent local restaurants due to his recommendations. He was also great at recommending attractions to visit with our small children.

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


Excellent, We had a lovely time in Perugia and really recommend the apartments to families interested in getting to the heart of Perugia.

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