Unique Stays On Airbnb: A Night Under The Stars In The Italian Alps

Unique Stays On Airbnb: A Night Under The Stars In The Italian Alps
Anne Marie
Anne Marie 
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It’s hard to imagine that there are places so remote that you feel like you’re the only person on the planet. Stay in one of the world’s most secluded locations by booking StarsBOX, a tiny home located at Natural Park of the Maritime Alps. This sustainable cottage is so far removed from modern life that it is only reachable by a strenuous mountain hike. Right outside of your door are vistas of craggy peaks and a clear Alpine lake, and the only other people for miles are park rangers and your Airbnb host. The remote location and lack of light pollution create a stunning, nighttime sky, which you can see through the haven’s retractable roof. Read on to learn more about this incredible rental and how you can experience a night under the stars in the Italian Alps.

Tiny sustainable home

StarsBOX
Source: Airbnb

The stay

The StarsBOX tiny home is as simple as can be. It is a small cottage with just enough room for a two-person bed inside. The only furnishings are string lights and a lantern, and there is no Wi-Fi or cell service. However, what StarsBOX lacks in creature comforts it more than makes up for in its location and unique experience. Perched high up in the Italian Alps, the lovely haven is only accessible by a challenging 12-mi (19-km) hike. It is well worth the adventure once you see the views surrounding the home. Right outside are stunning alpine peaks and the pristine waters of Lake Protette. At night, open the rental’s retractable roof for unparalleled views of the night sky that is unsullied by light pollution.

Highlights

The incredible location and gorgeous surroundings of this incredible home are the main highlights, but there is much more to staying at StarsBOX than just the views. During your stay, you can participate in guided hikes through the mountains, stopping by the national park’s ancient forts. Also included in the stay are meals freshly prepared with local produce that is specifically chosen to fuel your hike. Near the tiny home is a shelter where you can access a kitchen and other services so that your stay is not completely without the amenities of modern life.

The host

StarsBOX
Source: Airbnb

Marco Bassino is the host of StarsBOX. At 19 years old, Marco is an expert mountaineer, and he cares for the lodges at the national park. Love for the mountains runs in his blood–Marco’s sister holds the World Cup in giant slalom. The national park is his home, and he welcomes guests to experience its amazing beauty.

After a long hike, Marco greets guests and brings them to the cottage personally. He also provides guests a delicious feast of locally sourced ingredients.

How to book (from USD 182)

StarsBOX can be booked by visiting the rental’s Airbnb listing page. Dates for this unique rental fill up early, so be sure to start planning your trip well in advance. If you’d like to stay at a rental like StarsBOX but are unsure about the hike up to the remote location, you’re in luck. There are 10 other StarsBOX Airbnbs that are available across Italy, all of which have gorgeous, rustic surroundings and dazzling views of the night sky.

StarsBOX in the Alpi Marittime Natural Park
14 reviews
Entire place 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

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the hosts are very welcoming and the nearby hut will provide generous and delicious meals
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Anne-Marie works in publishing by day and aspires to travel as much as she can. While she has not yet seen the whole world, she's eager to learn and write about it!

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