The Original Christiane Wassmann
Throughout the renovation, the team worked to honor and highlight the original 500-year-old structure by hiring local craftsmen, repurposing material, and using traditional building methods.
The hotel is striving to become 100% plastic-free. Waste is recycled and kitchen waste is composted or fed to the chickens. Eggshells and coffee grounds are used as a fertilizer in the gardens.
During renovations, Rastrello took great care to source the most efficient lighting and machinery possible.
There are no plastic bottles on the premises. Instead, the hotel uses refillable glass water bottles throughout. There is a water recycling system and water collection system on the farm.
The hotel grows vegetables, fruits, and herbs in its gardens. Flour and grains are from local, organic, non-GMO farmers and cheeses and meats are sourced as locally as possible. Wine is only from local wineries that the owners know personally.
Set in the historic center, Rastrello aims to be a positive and active member of the local community. The hotel features rotating art exhibitions that showcase local artists and offers an artist rate to encourage artists to stay at the hotel.
From the hotel, guests can hike up Mount Petrarvella or rent bicycles to ride through the hills or around Lake Trasimeno. In the fall, guests are welcome to participate in the olive or grape harvest.
Chiusi-Chianciano, one of the most central train stations in Italy, is a 25-minute drive from the hotel. The hotel encourages guests to take the train instead of renting a car.
Rastrello only hires local team members and supports them by paying for language or industry studies to help them further their careers. The hotel promotes equality and positive communications.