Bed & Breakfast? No, Historic Residence

Many Italians know and are increasingly using the Bed and Breakfast, but very few know that some Bed and Breakfasts (and beyond) who have any special features may take the specification of “Historic Residence”.

In Italy the regulation and classification of accommodation facilities is managed by the regions, which retain their individuality while still maintaining similar criteria. In fact, regional laws for the accommodation facilities are very similar to each other. In this page we will see the regional laws and regulations of Lazio, to be exact items that we see are part of;

Regulation Lazio Regional October 24, 2008, n. 16
BUR November 7, 2008, n. 41, S/130
Discipline of Accomodation Extra hotel.

Article 3
(Specification of additional facilities)

The facilities provided for in Article 2, can take in relation to the objective characteristics owned or complementary services offered, the following additional specifications:

a) period residence, for the facilities subject to the constraints referred to in Legislative Decree No 22 January 2004. 42 (Code of cultural heritage and landscape, in accordance with Article 10 of Law No 6 July 2002. 137) as amended, located in buildings of particular interest in landscape and historical-architectural, with furniture and furnishings’ era or a particular artistic level, suitable to host a highly qualified;

Other types of specifications following particular features are:

b) accommodation centers studies,
c) cottages for boys or kindergarten,
d) country homes or country houses,
e) eco-resort accommodations,

Now we see what types of structures are listed in Article 2 and therefore have the opportunity to become Residenza D’Epoca.

Article 2
(Definitions)

For the purposes of this Regulation, the term:
a) “landlord”, the facilities consist of not more than six rooms, located in no more than two furnished apartments in the same building, functionally connected to each other, in which they are provided housing and services may be complementary. The use of the apartments for this purpose does not change the intended use for planning;

b) “youth hostels”, the facilities equipped for the stay and accommodation for limited periods of young people and carers of any young groups. These facilities can accommodate children under the age of fourteen years for summer holidays or winter only if accompanied by a companion. In any case the stay and the accommodation can not be more than sixty days;

c) “houses and apartments,” the property furnished for rent to tourists, except for serving food and drinks, as well as, the provision of centralized services in the course of one or more seasons, with contracts having validity not less Three days and no more than three consecutive months. The management of houses and apartments are divided into the following types:
1) on a non-business, to manage occasional one or two houses or apartments;
2) in an entrepreneurial, management and organized than occasionally three or more houses or apartments.

d) “holiday homes”, the facilities equipped for the stay for tourism or groups of individuals, for a period not exceeding sixty days, operated outside the normal channels of trade and promotion, public entities, associations or religious organizations operating profit for the purpose of achieving social, cultural, charitable, religious, or sports, as well as from other agencies or companies for the stay of its employees and their families.

e) “bed and breakfast” and “bed and breakfast”, the service offered by those who have residence in the home and home and make available to the residents of the bedrooms with beds. This service, developed with occasional character or recurring seasonal periods, with a period of inactivity of at least sixty days not necessarily consecutive year, reduced to thirty days per year in other municipalities without accommodations, in a maximum of three rooms with no more than six beds, includes breakfast and is ensured using the normal family organization. In any case the stay and the accommodation can not be more than ninety days.

f) “gîtes”, tourist accommodations, in an old town with less than three thousand inhabitants or in a homogeneous urban area identified by the municipality, provide users with accommodation, meals and any other ancillary services, in units located in more stable housing that located within a maximum distance of three hundred meters, with unitary and centralized reception services, catering and any other complementary services, with at least two spaces for common use. The catering service is also exercised through pre-existing agreement with exercises. These structures are composed of no less than seven apartments with a minimum of fifteen people. The use of residential units for this purpose does not involve the specific use for planning. The adaptation of the structures, with particular reference to safety and accessibility, is in accordance with local regulations for residential facilities for the entire building;

g) “mountain huts”, the facilities capable of providing a venue and refreshments for mountaineers in remote mountainous areas located in places favorable for climbing and hiking, accessible only by mule tracks, trails, forest roads, roads passable by ordinary means of transportation, also in close proximity to residential areas.