Accommodation in Italy for tourists, who come alone or for some small group tours in Italy, includes a huge variety of places to stay, such as hotels, bed & breakfast solutions, self-catering apartments, hostels and campsites. Whatever your vacation budget may be, there are different accommodation solutions that will help you to manage the costs of your vacation in Italy.
Accommodation in Italy ranges from basic solutions, like youth hostels and campsites, to hotels and luxurious villas and apartments. It's a wise idea to book ahead whenever possible because during certain periods of the year (May – September) and at weekends it can be difficult to find space in many of the Italian cities. July and August are the months when most Italians take their annual holiday, so seaside resorts are particularly busy during these periods.
In Spring and Fall many Italians and Europeans descend in great numbers toward the cities of art, like Florence, Rome and Venice. And, with the increased number of low cost flights from other European countries, many people choose to do short vacations during Spring and Fall weekends.
Typically, you'll find low-budget hotels and accommodations around railway stations and airports, that often offer last minute availability. Nowadays, there are unlimited online resources to find all kinds of accommodation.
You can either concentrate your research on general accommodation websites that list all types of accommodation or if you're looking for campsites, hostels or bed & breakfast solutions, you can search for types of accommodation. Most of these types of accommodation are members of associations that have their own websites representing the members.
When searching for accommodation in Italy, even if you find a good deal on a general website, we recommend to contact the hotel directly, as most hotels pay fees up to 25% to be present on these big websites, like Expedia and Booking.com. By contacting the hotel directly, you can get reduced prices or deals which allow you to save money.
Over the years, we have discovered different kinds of accommodations travelling throughout Italy. We particularly like the accommodations in Italy that are small hotels with their own personal character and with very accommodating hosts. Too often the big chain hotels have the same décor and you feel the same whether you are in Los Angeles or in Rome. Quite often your accommodation has an important impact on your vacation – a home from home.
One of the growing types of accommodation in Italy includes apartments and villas. If you are planning to stay for three or more nights in one particular location, hiring an apartment might be a good solution. They are often cheaper than hotels, and if you are travelling in a group they become even more economical. In apartments you'll also find a kitchen area, a way you can save even more money.
If you choose to stay in a self-catered apartment or villa, you won’t have to buy all your meals in restaurants or cafés. Despite the increase in the cost of living, you'll be pleasantly surprised to find that the prices in local markets and supermarkets are still relatively low. Follow this link for more information on apartment rentals in Italy.