Albergi Diffusi: The best places to stay in Italy


Albergi Diffusi: The best places to stay in Italy
Experience an authentic Italian village with these unique places to stay in Italy, known as Albergo Diffuso.

You may not be familiar with is the Italian accommodation, ‘Albergi Diffusi’ – situated across the beautiful Italian countryside and some of the perfect places to stay in Italy for those who truly want to experience the feeling of being a village inhabitant.

An innovative concept of hospitality which originated in Italy in the early 1980s, Albergo Diffuso, which roughly translates as ‘spread out hotel’ was devised as a means of reviving small, historic Italian villages and town centres off the usual tourist track to boost tourism and prevent depopulation in these areas.

To this day, it does the same, helping to maintain and enhance Italy’s picturesque villages. Unlike traditional hotels and apartments that fall under one roof, these rooms are scattered throughout the villages and the rooms are converted out of various historic buildings across a small community, making it the perfect visit for those interested in ancient architecture and who want a truly local stay.

Albergo Diffuso places to stay in Italy

We take you to the most popular ‘Albergi Diffusi’ stays in The Italian Peninsula while you explore some picturesque historic villages for a truly authentic experience.

Albergo Diffuso Mannois

Albergo Diffuso Mannois (pictured above) 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.

Places to stay in Italy: Sextantio Albergo Diffuso
Sextantio Albergo Diffuso


Deep in the Abruzzo hillside lies the medieval village of Santo Stegano. Here you will find Sextantio Albergo Diffuso which offers unique accommodation set in beautiful preserved period buildings. The ancient décor here is stunning, featuring 17th-century wooden ceilings and ancient fireplaces but with all 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 horse-riding.

Places to stay in Italy: Albergo Diffuso Monopoli
Albergo Diffuso Monopoli


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.

Places to stay in Italy: Scicli Albergo Diffuso
Scicli Albergo Diffuso


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.

Places to stay in Italy: Albergo Diffuso Crispolti
Albergo Diffuso Crispolti


Located in the medieval centre of Labro in the Italian region 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.

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