Thursday, July 23, 2009

Clean Breaks: 500 New Ways to See the World

The Locanda has been included in the Rough Guides book Clean Breaks: 500 new ways to see the world by Richard Hammond and Jeremy Smith.

"Clean Breaks unearths 500 unique experiences and new ways to travel that make a real difference to the lives of local people and the planet. Discover a wealth of new adventures from sleeping in houseboats in Kerala and witnessing the zebra migration in Botswana to taking the train-hotel from Paris to Madrid. Whether you fancy living like a local in a tipi with Native American Indians, riding with cowboys in Venezuela or staying in a bunkhouse barn in the Brecon Beacons, this guide is packed with the how, where and when to plan your next extraordinary experience.

Authors Richard Hammond, Green Travel Correspondent for The Guardian, and Jeremy Smith, former Editor of The Ecologist Magazine, combine cultural sensitivity with practical advice, hand-picking the best hotels, resorts, and tours run by earth-friendly people who are passionate about what they do, assuring a spectacular choice of inspirational travel ideas without compromising on the quality of your holiday. Whether you wish to experience a climate-friendly home-stay or simply want to see the world in a new light; make your next trip a Clean Break."

The book will be out on August 4th, it looks great, filled with useful information, interesting places to visit and great photos. Take a sneak peek at it here.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Say: "cheese"....

This week we haven't had many guests, the season is being slower than usual (even if not nearly as bad as I expected and much better than I hear from other people), but somehow we manage to be as busy as we are on a busier season... mistery!

During the last week we had two very interesting visits that kept us busy in an unusual way.

More than one year ago I discovered a very interesting new website that features green accommodation all around the world: It's a green green world. It was more or less just starting but now it features almost 700 different places and they all look gorgeous, just give me time and will start visiting one by one!
Founder Richard Johnson and his wife Linne arrived on Monday since they're travelling around Italy and they are working on some new projects. They filmed and took pictures of the house and the farm and they will produce a short video about this place! All aspects of our daily life were touched, from hay collecting to preserving. It was great fun and a great honour to be around with them!
Thank you Richard and Lynne!

On Tuesday and again today I had another nice visit.
Urbino hosts a journalism course and internship program by San Francisco State University and photographer Scott Burry chose Agriturismo and organic farming as the focus of his work during the course (have a look at his blog for some great shots of Urbino). They also have a blog where they share experiences from their stay in Urbino.
He came with his fellow journalist friends and again took photos, filmed the farm and the house and interviewed me. It was a nice experience (even if I'm not very sure that I want to see myself on video ;) ) to share this place and the meaning of our work with them. Again it was an honour to help them with their work and it was a fun experience (I hope they also enjoyed it!).

Probably the farm, the guys working here, my storeroom and myself have been phtographed more during the last 5 days than during the past 28 years! Say: "cheese"!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

"Luxury travel and local communities" by Gloria

Can luxury travel be responsible? What are you looking for when choosing your travel destination and the way you're going to travel? Should tourism contribute to improve the lives of the local communities? Should luxury accommodation (and all accommodation for that matter) be ethical and invest in their environment?

Have a look at what my friend Gloria writes about responsible (or ethical, as she sais) travel in her blog: At home in Tuscany.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009


It will be the first strike of bloggers ever.
On July 14, 2009, Italian bloggers will muzzle themselves in the Web as well as in Piazza Navona in Rome, at 7PM where they will meet to protest against an Italian government bill (the Alfano decree) introducing a number of new rules which will limit the freedom of expression in Italian internet.
The so-called "obligation to rectify" imposed to the manager of an information site (blogs, social networks such as Facebook, Twitter etc) clearly appears to be a pretext. In fact such imposition, in termsof bureaucratization of the network and of very heavy penalties for users, shall make of the new decree an internet-killer.
The practical effects shall be to cause the independent sites and blogs to cease or materially reduce their publications. The apparent intent of introducing criteria of responsibility hides the attempt to make life difficult or impossible for bloggers and users of shared sites (for example: You Tube...)
The fact is that bloggers are already entirely liable, from a penal standpoint, in the event of crimes such as insults, defamation etc: there is no need to introduce unbearable penalties for "citizen-journalists" who do not intend to submit themselves to the bureaucracy and the burdens contemplated in the Alfano decree.
The plurality of information, regardless of the media, internet, newspapers, radio and tv networks etc, is a fundamental right of men and citizens, on which democracy and freedom are based. The Alfano decree is an attack to the freedom of all media, from the major newspapers to the smallest blog.
For this reason we invite all Italian blogs and sites to a day of silence, in the day in which newspapers and tv networks will also remain silent. It is a message of all operators in the media world, who jointly shout to the political world: "we don not want to be gagged".
We therefore invite all citizens with a blog or a site to publish this logo and mantain it for the entire day of July 14 next.
Defending the press, the tv and radio networks, the journalists and the Web, we firmly defend the basic freedom of information and the future of our democracy.
Alessandro Gilioli
Guido Scorza
Enzo Di Frenna