Elba, Italy, will refund your hotel if it rains for too long
(CNN) — We’ve all seen it: an otherwise exceptional hotel gets a one-star Yelp or TripAdvisor rating from a grumpy guest because of bad weather.
To qualify for the deal, guests must be staying at one of an approved list of local inns and guesthouses that are participating in the program.
“Tour operators tell us that weather forecasts of a rainy weekend can lead to a drop in bookings and attendance of over 20%,” Claudio Della Lucia, tourism coordinator for the island, told CNN via email.
“The #ElbaNoRain initiative wants to be a concrete assurance to guests that, in the very rare case of a day with steady rain, they can still enjoy everything that the island has to offer without paying a euro for accommodation.
“It’s a pilot project for the month of May, but considering the numerous subscriptions, we’re considering to apply it also for the autumn.”
Elba is located off of the coast of Tuscany, one of Italy’s most popular tourist regions, in the Ligurian Sea, just east of Corsica.
Most visitors arrive there via ferry from the coastal town of Piombino, but there’s also an island airport that can take in small planes from Milan, Florence, Pisa and other Italian cities.
So, what is there to do while you enjoy that guaranteed gorgeous weather?
The island is beloved for its beaches, but it’s also worth visiting the Napoleonic Residences where the emperor lived in exile and exploring the island’s mining history and ancient ruins, some of which date to the Etruscan era.