June 22, 2017

Airbnb boom is ‘emptying’ historic Italian cities



Florence Skyline
By Infrogmation (photo taken by Infrogmation) [GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

Italian cities are the latest subjects of concern that Airbnb is pushing permanent residents out of historic city centres and aiding a trend in ‘Disneyfication’ in places such as Florence, according to a new report from the University of Siena.

The authors behind the report claim that up to one in five properties in the historic centre of Florence is being rented out through Airbnb, turning the feted city into a “theme park for tourists”.

“Almost 20 per cent of the entire housing stock in the historic centre of Florence is listed on Airbnb, which is a lot,” said Stefano Picascia, one of the authors behind the report. “Every single flat on a short-term let is one flat less in the regular long-term market.” Italian cities, including Rome (pictured), are becoming “theme parks” Credit: AP/FOTOLIA Picascia and his colleagues claim locals are increasingly being pushed out by tourism, which is affecting the character of Italy’s cities.

“The centre of Florence is now ‘Disneyfied’,” Picascia told Telegraph Travel. “It’s basically a theme park for tourists.”

The problem is even more acute in the historic city of Matera, the report claims, where more than 25 per cent of the local housing stock is available to […]

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