In the fifties the Italian Automobile
Club decided to push the tourist development in the Southern
Italy, building an hotel chain in the main tourist locations.
In those years were born the "Autostello A.C.I." ,
the italian answer to the american motels, whose name comes
from. They were often provided with a parking lot and a
gas station. In Puglia the Autostello of Altamura was built
in the early 1955, in addition to Castellana Grotte and
Rodi Garganico ones.
The occasional patrons and the US personnel
coming from the nearby US Air Force bases started the citizen
In the seventies the A.C.I. began to sell the buildings,
and after a decade, most of them became private properties.
Then, Altamura hotel’s manager bought it and became
the owner to all intents and purposes. The passion for this
job and sacrifices were fruitful; the structure was restored,
enlarged and provided with any kind of comfort according
to the period standards. It was about the middle of the eighties
and this new hotel didn't have a name yet., but the great
interest of its owner about Frederick II of Swabia suggested
him the present name and thus the Hotel
Svevia was born.