The Mezzogiorno offers a fantastic variety of sleeps, from agriturismi to boutique hotels in baroque palazzi. Value compares very well to other parts of Italy, especially in the less-frequented corners.
Albergo diffuso doesn't necessarily have a direct translation in English, but the term refers to an Italian hospitality concept that emerged in the 1980s. Designed as a means to revive historic centres in small towns and villages, the concept allows neighbouring apartments and houses to be rented to guests through a centralised hotel-style reception. The aim is to respect the integrity of ancient buildings, so that guest accommodation blends harmoniously into the surrounding streetscape.