Italian Island Hotels Handing Out Free Night Stays on Rainy Days


Elba, known for its picturesque views and sun-drenched beaches, is turning heads with an unusual perk.

You’ve planned an Italian trip for months, pouring over all the tourism photos featuring sun-drenched beaches and historic streetscapes, and then you arrive and it starts raining.

Even though hotels can’t control the weather, there are many on the Italian island of Elba that are treating guests to free stays on rainy days.

According to Elba’s official tourism site: “the overnight stay is free for days when there is rainfall for more than two hours between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.”

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Spearheaded by Tourism Coordinator Claudio Della Lucia, the pilot project will extend through May — and in light of its popularity — the island will likely extend the Elba No Rain initiative, CNN reports.

The exotic island, where Napoleon was exiled in 1814, is surrounded by the picturesque Tyrrhenian Sea and is the largest island of the Tuscan Archipelago

According to Lucia, travelers must be staying at one of an approved list of inns or guesthouses that are participating in the program.

Island of Elba.The beautiful village of Marciana Marina at the sunset.

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