9 Charming 'Alberghi Diffusi' Stays for an Authentic Taste of Italy
At Booking.com, we offer incredible stays that range from treehouses to igloos, but you may not of heard of the very unique and singularly Italian ‘Alberghi Diffusi’ – special stays situated across the beautiful Italian countryside and the perfect choice for those who want to truly experience what it's like to live in a beatuiful Italian village for themselves.
An innovative concept of hospitality which originated in Italy in the early 1980’s, the idea of the 'Albergo Diffuso', which roughly translates as ‘spread out hotel’ was devised as a means of reviving small, historic Italian villages and town centres that are off of the usual tourist track. The goal being to boost regional tourism and prevent depopulation in these areas. To this day it does just that, helping to maintain and enhance the iconic vibrancy of Italy’s more remote and picturesque villages.
Unlike traditional hotels and apartments that fall under one roof, these rooms are scattered throughout the village. The rooms are converted out of various historic buildings across a small community, making it the perfect stay for those interested in ancient architecture and immersing themselves in the local culture.
Up for a truly authentic Italian experience? Let us take you to the most popular ‘Alberghi Diffusi’ stays throughout the country to explore these picturesque historic villages first-hand.
Deep in the Abruzzo hillside is the medieval village of Santo Stegano. Here you will find Sextantio Albergo Diffuso, which offers unique accommodation set in beautifully preserved period buildings. The ancient décor here is stunning, featuring 17th-century wooden ceilings and ancient fireplaces, all with the comfort of modern technology. Make sure to take some time for yourself and relax in the luxurious standalone baths. Aside from exploring the ancient walls, you can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities in the area, from climbing and hang gliding to hiking and horseback riding.
In the Ampulia region, just a stone’s throw away from the coast of Monopoli and its gorgeous beaches is Albergo Diffuso, one of our most loved properties in Monopoli. Here you can choose from elegant rooms or self-catering apartments, which is a perfect option for those who fancy trying their hand at Italian cooking.
In the medieval village of Aprical and close to French border is MuntaeCara, which boasts exceptional rooms with breath-taking views. MuntaeCara offers rooms and suites throughout the medieval village and those with an interest in architecture will appreciate the exposed beams and ancient brick walls. If you want a bit of activity mixed into your exploring, try out local activities such as hiking, horseback riding and if you are brave enough – bungee jumping in San Romolo National Park.
Located in the medieval centre of Labro in the Italian region of Latium, Albergo Diffuso Crispolti offers restored historic rooms with modern furnishings in a friendly boutique hotel. This is a great spot for getting away from the world as you can only enter this village on foot. Relax and enjoy the views of the beautiful Lake Piediluco right from your room.
Albergo Diffuso Mannois is set in different historic stone buildings within the cobbled streets of Orosei, which is scenically positioned on the east coast of Sardinia. Staying in one of the rooms means you have access to the private sandy beach where you can sunbathe and take in the lovely surrounding. Alternatively if you want to keep active you can try diving, snorkelling and don’t miss out on taking a mini cruise around the Gulf of Orosei.
Located in the historical centre of Scicli, in the south of Sicily, the Scicli Albergo Diffuso offers quirky rooms which are located at various points in the centre, all only a short journey to the beach. Breakfast is served daily in the main building where you can sample the sweet and savoury culinary delights of an Italian breakfast.
The Robur Marsorum is located in the beautiful mountains of Rocca di Mezzo. The rooms and apartments can be found at different locations within the hamlet, suiting everyone’s needs. The staff here can arrange excursions to ensure you’re making the most of your surroundings once you have explored the historic centre.
Albergo Diffuso Valli Del Natisone has a number of apartments located in various locations all within a short distance from the pretty town Grimacco, in the Friuli area of Valli Del Natisone. This village has a small population and is known for its friendly locals. Nature enthusiasts will appreciate Grimacco’s stunning views that overlook the green valley.
Situated nearby the north of Udine, Albergo Diffuso Zoncolan offers cosy rooms with traditional wooden furniture and ceilings with exposed beams. The properties are surrounded by beautiful mountains and offer the opportunity to enjoy activities such as hiking and cycling. If you fancy exploring a little further afield, the Austrian border is only a 40-minute journey away.