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New rules have been created for “agricamping”, those agriturismi equipped to offer hospitality to campers.
While the regulation that allows a maximum of six guests per hectare of land remains unchanged, it is specified that hospitality in open spaces can be carried out by agriturismi with a minimum surface area of 4 hectares.
Other legal provisions are introduced: there can be up to a maximum of three pitches per hectare of farm area, a tent or other accommodations (caravan, camper) per pitch, a maximum of 80 guests and 15 pitches per structure.
Agriturismi will have the opportunity to set up caravans, campers or glamping style accommodations (tents equipped with furniture and appliances) on up to a maximum of 40% of the pitches. The same limit, in line with the urban planning legislation, is valid in regard to the connections to hygienic sanitary installations, for which one single facility will be allowed.
However, the structures located on the pitches are allowed to stay there for a maximum of 180 days since, with the exception of toilets, these are not considered fixed structures.
It will therefore not be possible to use volumes deriving from urban restructuring or from transfers of volumes for agritourism purposes.
It’s now mandatory to communicate the tourist data to the towns’ municipalities and the metropolitan city of Florence for statistical purposes, under penalty of non-compliance.
Building interventions on rural heritage sites must be carried out using traditional construction materials and must comply with the characteristic architectural elements of the places, in such a way as to integrate them with the environment.
Upon request by guests, it’ll be possible to arrange additional beds for children under the age of 12, in compliance with the health and hygiene requirements.
It will be the task of the Municipalities to supervise the observance of the rules for the removal of architectural barriers, and every year the Municipalities will have to subject at least 5% of the agricamping facilities to random checks.
The Regione Toscana will carry out controls – on no less than 5% of the structures per year – in relation to the requirement that the agricultural activity be the main activity for the agriturismi. Furthermore, the Regione will also monitor the classification, the characteristics of the structures, and the nature of the products administered as food or drink.
Today in Tuscany there are about 4,500 active agriturismi with an average area of 9 hectares. There are 129 campsites recorded, with a total accommodation of 4,900 beds.