Francesco Di Ruscio owns two Airbnb apartments nestled in the Marche Region of Campofilone, Italy. The owner of a local winery, Cantina Di Ruscio, Francesco started using Airbnb as a convenient way to offer his winery patrons a comfortable place to stay. Six months into his time as an Airbnb host, Francesco says he has fallen in love with the Airbnb philosophy.
Italian culture is famous for its emphasis on the importance of family. Francesco approaches his Airbnb hosting duties in typical Italian style–providing his guests with all the amenities of a high-end bed and breakfast. Not only does Francesco provide Airbnb travelers with a cozy place to stay while visiting Italy, he also makes fresh eggs in the morning and picks fruit for his guests to enjoy. His wife will often bake cakes.
I love to host on Airbnb and aim to provide my guests with an experience, not just a place to stay for the night. I always invite my guests to come and visit our historic winery, taste our hand-crafted wines, and even meet my family.
After 6 months of hosting on Airbnb, Francesco says he has made approximately $1,000. He charges his guests $60 a night–far less than what local hotels charge travelers in the region.
Francesco says he will continue to use Airbnb and hopes to increase the number of guests staying at his two apartments in the future. In his words, Airbnb users are part of a traveling-family and he enjoys sharing little-known attractions in the region with his guests.
I love to reveal all the secret areas that my town has to offer. Restaurants, festivals, hidden beaches… Only a local would know the places to go and that is the type of advice that Airbnb hosts get to share with guests.