Rural tourism is getting a big push from the concept that hotels don't have to be vertical. They can also be horizontal. Albergo diffuso got its name and start here in Italy and is spreading. It takes from the principal that rooms do not have to be adjacent and each one can be unique. Enterprising people throughout Italy are converting abandoned houses and turning them into one-of-a-kind bedrooms, often taking advantage of what technology offers to increase their efficiency and maximize their ecological good sense. A best-case example is the Albergo diffuso of Santo Stefano Sextantio, http://www.sextantio.it/santo-stefano/
This horizontal hotel in Abruzzo, about 90-minutes from downtown Rome, is the culmination of Italian taste and high standards. Very popular among international travelers, the region is stark, but indescribably beautiful. Abruzzo is a little out of sorts when it comes to tourism, but locals are eager to please. With scenic value to take your breath away, everything is here. Why not enjoy a little pampering.