The Parracinai, which are local stone and trades men, have helped bring the retreat to a beautifully finished paradise, and there are still some handcraft workers left that do this kind of job. We promote rural tourism and encourage our guests to eat out and use local amenities such as shops and sports facilities. We also encourage them to purchase local products, indeed in our shop we sell only handcraft of the region.
We always give clients suggestions and tips on where and what to enjoy typically here. We represent the headquarters for cultural associations such a Megalesia people that get together for purchasing ethical food. The Nobel Prize organization MSF has organized events here. Another association of homeopathic and phytotherapic interests meet here once a month.
The garden and the lodge was designed and built from the beginning considering a sustainable eco-system. We have used a solar panel since 1992 for producing hot water. The water of the thermal pool flows to another cistern which is used for waste water in the toilets of the apartment. Among other things, we re-processed recovered glass in barrels together with public administration, to cover land area and to prevent growth of weeds. At the same time it is a fancy and pretty view.
The protection of the environment for us is not only to carry out our civil duty, but a principal that guides us, which we want to enforce and share with like-minded people and unions, in particular people and unions which give us the possibility to put into practice projects that implement these principals. We are planning a 30kw installation of solar panels, until now we still have some bureaucracy permission to validate but we are at a final step. The lodge is set in a Botanical Garden where a 50 year old plant collection is settled. This Botanical garden represents a rare case of plants from all over the world which Sir Giuseppe DAmbra tends to all year round.