"The Luxury of Silence"
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La Casella is in constant evolution toward improving the level of quality and service provided to its guests, being very careful to balance such quality with the importance of preserving its natural habitat, culture, artistic patrimony and bio-diversity.
The term ‘Eco-Luxury’ refers to the ‘production process’ of economic activities that simultaneously promote a sustainable economy and elevated quality standards.
When we speak of ‘elevated quality’ in the tourism sector, we refer to constantly-evolving projects that aim at improving customer services, architectural style and catering and offer special activities and ‘extras’ such as spas, fine cuisine, adventures, special activities, etc... We are not thinking of ‘luxury’ as a ‘superfluous’ or merely expensive commodity but use the term more in the sense of the original Latin word luxus, once used to indicate an object that was more beautiful or precious than others and would stimulate admiration and appreciation.
Many people do not approve of using the word ‘luxury’ in matters relating to the environment, ecology and sustainability. They prefer the word ‘quality’, but the quality inherent in a product or service relates more to the standardization and procedural transformation required to create it.
A fast-food chain, for example, is organized according to stringent quality standards but we would certainly not define it as a "luxury product".
The term ‘eco-luxury’ is used to distinguish authentically unique products from those based on obsolete and non-sustainable models.
La Casella's Eco-Projects:
The "Cena nel bosco tradition"
A “dinner in the woods” is an event not to be missed that takes place during the summer season from June to September. Be it on Horse-back or on foot, the trekkers set off at sunset and arrive in the heart of the woods where a candle-lit table and roaring wood fire awaits. Bruschetta, Home made pasta, pecorino cheese, BBQ steaks and sausages are on the menu accompanied by Umbrian wine and completed with grappa and limoncello. The sound of the crickets and the hum of the fireflies are joined by a rousing guitar and after a good sing along its time to remount and head off back to La Casella, guided by moonlight. A Magical local and unique experience for all ages.
La caccia alla volpe (The Simulated Fox Hunt)
During the winter months at La Casella the main event is the “Caccia alla Volpe” or the “Fox Hunt”. But animal lovers can relax; there is no real fox involved. The simulated fox hunt has all the elements of a hunt, but with an expert rider in the role of “fox” with a tail attached to his jacket. The Riders gather at 10am for breakfast (and grappa!) in the piazza of the hotel and are reminded of the rules. The Master of the hunt, unmissable in his red jacket, has been doing the hunt for 20 years and knows all the routes for an exhilarating ride! After a short break for an aperitivo, always with the fox in sight, the grand chase at the end takes place in front of La Casella. The rider who is canny enough to grab the tail wins! This twist of experience makes a cultural event continue without harming the animals.
The philosophy of the horse
Horses and the countryside evoke images of freedom; of galloping steeds over rolling hills: however this romantic view that we have of 18th century cavaliers clashes all too often with reality of the damage it causes, both to the countryside invaded by inconsiderate riders, and to the horse which is treated as if it were a quad bike. Horses can be ridden in the countryside if we understand the correct dynamics needed that allows the horse to support the weight of the rider whilst maintaining fit and healthy and if we teach those who, these days, don’t live in the country to respect the pathways, the fields, the rivers and woods and all that humans risk destroying. This is the philosophy of horse and rider at La Casella.
A full immersion in the "luxury of nature" to live unforgettable experiences!!!
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