The “albergo diffuso” reviving Italian villages

Requirements of an albergo diffuso

Each Italian region will have its own different regulations and requirements for new “diffuso” hotels. These are the requirements of a scattered hotel according to the model developed by Giancarlo Dall’Ara:

  • Single management – Accommodation facility managed in an entrepreneurial form in the centre.
  • Hotel services – Hotel accommodation facility managed professionally.
  • Residential units located in several separate and pre-existing buildings in an inhabited historic centre.
  • Common services – Presence of rooms used as common areas for guests, such as a reception, bar, or refreshment point.
  • Reasonable distance of the buildings – maximum 200 metres between the housing units and the structure with the reception services.
  • A living community – In other words not a complete ghost town. On the other hand you don’t want to discover that the village rock band practice next door every night either.
  • An authentic environment – Integration with the social reality and local culture. A good relationship will need to be built with the locals, to make sure they are all on board and recognise the benefits to the village, of being welcoming to guests.
  • Recognisability – Defined and uniform identity of the structure; homogeneity of the services offered
  • Management style integrated into the territory and its culture

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