Albergo Diffuso

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The Albergo Diffuso, an innovative concept of hospitality, was launched in Italy in the early 1980s as a means of reviving small, historic Italian villages and town centres off the usual tourist track. Translated into English as "dispersed hotel", "scattered hotel" or "virtual hotel", it is a hotel that is not in a single block, but converted out of various historic buildings in a small community. It has to conform to the following conditions:

  • Run directly by an individual owner and providing normal hotel services
  • Rooms distributed in existing converted buildings in historic centres
  • Central reception area with food available
  • Part of a genuine community so that guests can be part of local life

The idea was promulgated by Giancarlo Dall’Ara.[1] As of 2010, there were more than 40 Italian "Alberghi Diffusi", grouped under a national association, and 13 Italian regions have adopted legislation regulating the concept.[2] Interest in the "Albergo Diffuso" has also been shown abroad, with Croatia and Switzerland adopting the formula in their own territory. Corsica is expected to shortly follow suit.


  1. ^ Murphy, Miriam (September 2011). "The Towns Italy Forgot". National Geographic Traveler. 
  2. ^ Williams, Gisela (May 19, 2010). "Saving Towns by Filling Rooms in Italy". The New York Times. 

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