The stereotype of "wild" campers who choose adventure in a tent because they are adverse to comfort is being put to the test by the rapid spread of Glamping, a new form of eco-friendly luxury camping. A term springing from the merger of glamorous and camping, Glamping is the latest trend in terms of outdoor holidays. A way of camping that offers the freedom of traditional camping in contact with nature, without giving up the comforts of a bed and breakfast or hotel.
Glamping: what is it and how did it start?
This form of camping has ancient and aristocratic origins: As long ago as the 16th century, in Scotland and France, special and exotic "mobile" accommodation was used by the nobility when travelling.The Ottomans, on the other hand, set up luxury tents for the overnight stay during the military campaigns that were comparable to the harem of the sultans.More recently, Glamping has become widespread in regions with mild climates such Africa and Australia, particularly suitable for this kind of solution. Very soon though, it started to be appreciated in Northern Europe and America too because of its green philosophy, respect for cultural traditions and the natural surroundings. Teepee inspired by those of American Indians, bamboo bungalows, vintage caravans and wooden houses built in trees were transformed into luxurious and eco-sustainable accommodation, built with natural materials in complete respect for the environment. Zero impact energy and organic food complete this 5-star experience!
Where can you go Glamping in Italy?
This philosophy of camping is also spreading rapidly throughout Italy: many regions offer "premium" camping solutions, immersed in an unspoiled natural setting and in total comfort. Among the areas that have embraced this new solution, Tuscany stands out. The Island of Elba with its wild natural landscape and pristine sea, Chianti with particular attention to agriculture and organic food and the Maremma with its endless beaches and dense pine forests are among the areas you might consider for trying this new experience.
What has changed with regard to traditional camping?
In place of a tent, a sleeping bag and a mattress, you can bring your own classic trolley bag with your personal belongings and the campsite will take care of the rest. The various "residences" are furnished, frequently fitted with air conditioning, an equipped kitchen and a private bathroom, perhaps one of the features most appreciated by tourists. Another essential feature is a veranda or garden where you can eat and relax, away from prying eyes and far removed from the concept of a pitch and shared spaces typical of the traditional campsite. The public spaces are the restaurant, the bar, the playground for children and of course the swimming pool.
Why not treat yourself to luxurious pampering without giving up the green side? After all, these are luxury campsites, a truly unique experience never tried before.The only sore point is that Glamping is a slightly more expensive alternative because the management costs of the accommodation and the exclusive services have to be covered. If you are looking for a low-budget holiday, this solution is not for you. The timeless appeal of traditional camping is also that it is within everyone's reach!