Il Sole e la Luna

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In the Piemont region in the north of Italy, tucked away in the delightful hamlet of Cerretto Langhe, you can find Il Sole e la Luna (The sun and the moon) a guesthouse of rare charm housed in a restored Franciscan monastery.

Il Sole e la Luna

Transformed at the beginning of the 1900’s into the noted hotel 'Albergo d’Italia', Il Sole e la Luna has been lovingly restored, with impeccable taste and attention to detail, using the techniques of “bio architecture” whilst conserving the roots of its past.

The rustic yet stylish accommodation, with antique and wrought-iron furnishings and terracotta floors, is immersed in an unspoiled environment with breathtaking panoramic views.

Il Sole e la Luna

Giorgio Torrengo, building contractor, or rather restorer of buildings, evolved his building skills into Eco housing construction in 5 years renovating the 16th century cloister into a romantic location. The result of painstaking restoration carried out according to green building techniques features high energy saving systems and has already won an European Ecolabel certification.

Eco label branded accommodations ensure quality, healthy rooms, whole food based on biological and typical local produce, the use of delicate detergents for linen, promotion of renewable power sources, as well as environmental information available to guests to enhance their ecologic awareness. Its aim being to encourage, both hosts and guests, environmental friendliness and sparing natural resources.

Il Sole e la Luna

Ecological elements for 0 Emission building
The main elements of this discipline are:
Energy and Water: Optimatisation of energy and hydro resources
Recycling: Reducing waste with particular attention to the buying and recycling waste
Communication and education of guests: Informing and educating through books on everyday practice of behavior
Personnel Training: Information and education about the environment to the staff
Monitoring of environmental performance: Monitoring the consumption of energy, water and chemical elements
Supplier Relationship: Choosing suppliers with biological and certificated system of buying

Materials
Floors: Stones from Langhe (local) mixed with hydraulic sand and wood (medieval castle building)
Walls: Cork and wooden fibre

Facilities
Water heating: 100% Solar panels
Heating: Thermo chimney and GPL system
Swimming Pool: Salting hydro cleaning system
Total Energy saving: 50%

Both Giorgio and his wife Maria Teresa promote ecological awareness and demonstrate daily commitment by choosing the best for both the environment,themselves and above all their guests.

Il Sole e la Luna

For all who love peace and relaxation or are in search of the ideal place immersed in nature where they can savor the pleasure of good food we highly recommend Il Sole e la Luna.
Piazza Sobrero,13 12050 Cerretto Langhe (CN)
Tel. +39 0173 520056 - Fax +39 0173 521914 - Cell. +39 349 4336992 - www.ilsole-laluna.com

http://www.ecolabel.it/