Umbria luxury self catering apartment, Perugia, Italy

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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.

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