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Eco Friendly Accommodation in Italy’s Friuli-Venezia Giulia

Friuli-Venezia Giulia, or FVG as it’s affectionately known by locals, is a region in the north east of Italy which is often overlooked by travellers, regardless of its proximity to the frequently visited Venice.

History
Friuli-Venezia Giulia is the smallest region in Italy and was once ruled by the Austrian Hapsburgs and, for a short time, old Yugoslavia. Its diverse background has influenced the food, architecture and lifestyle of the Friuliari, making it a really exciting and interesting place to visit.

What’s so exciting about FVG?
Sitting on the borders of Austria and Slovenia to the north and east and hugged by the Veneto region of Italy to the west, Friuli-Venezia Giulia has a wealth of activities, sights and tours for travellers. There are forests with endless hiking and walking trails, alpine villages crammed with ski lodges and coastal towns in Trieste for those with a penchant for fishing or sunbathing. For the eco traveller, there are Albergo Diffuso.

Albergo Diffuso
Albergo Diffuso is the collective name given to a number of renovated alpine chalets dotted around seven different locations between Carnia and the highlands of Monet Prât. They aren’t found anywhere else in Italy.

What makes them so special?
Alpine living isn’t as popular as it once was and, like many countries, neither is farming. Young people left the mountain villages in their droves to find work in the larger towns and cities or to attend university, as a result village populations dwindled leaving houses and apartments unmanned which soon became derelict.

Many sat empty for decades as it was just too expensive to live in the city and run a house in the mountains. This in turn made them less likely to sell because the work required was too great to return them to a suitable standard for living. Then, finally, one day; someone in the local authority had a light bulb moment and instead of seeking confirmation to knock them down – which was on the books for some time – sought government funding to refurbish the houses for tourists.

The locals embraced the idea and some even helped with the rebuilding. Club Albergo Diffuso was set up to manage the newly refurbed chalets and Tourismo Friuli-Venezia Giulia spearheaded a drive to get tourists back into the area where numbers are increasing every year. The rise in visitors means local communities are once again thriving.

Most apartments are centrally located in villages, others are in a more rural setting, and all are serviced. There are three different standards which are all very affordable, even for backpackers, and whoever chooses to stay in the apartments are encouraged to mingle with the locals to fully experience alpine village life. The warm welcomes and wide smiles will make you never want to leave.

To see the range of apartments on offer or find out more about Albergo Diffuso log on to Clubalbergodiffuso.it