Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
How to Find Hotels in Italy
We always end up in a few hotels on a trip. Usually in the city where we arrive and the city where we leave.
In a big city, like Rome, your hotel is your refuge. It should be comfortable and centrally located. We learned our lesson on our 1996 trip when we stayed in a three star hotel near the train station. The room and hotel were okay, but we had to take a bus everywhere and there were hookers on the street outside our hotel. In our 1999 and 2000 trips, we stayed in better hotels; one was just off the Piazza Navona, the other was on the Piazza della Rotunda. We could walk everywhere from these locations, there were lots of restaurants nearby and we could easily retreat to our room in the middle of the day for a rest.
We travel frequently to Rome and each time choose hotels in different parts of the city. This allows us to see more of Rome. But if you are going for the first time, get a hotel in the central historic area where you can walk to most sites.
Read more about Hotels in Europe in our Europe Trip Planning section as well as How To Choose a Hotel Using the Internet, a Hotel Manager's Perspective.
Agriturismo, Country House and Bed and Breakfast (B&B): What are the differences in these types of accommodations?
See our Hotel Listings
List of Hotels: Hotels, B&B and Agritourism in Italy.
Read our Hotel Reviews
Read our Hotel Reviews for Italy and get advice from other Slow Travelers.
Slow Travel Photos: Some of the hotels we stayed in.
How to Book a Hotel
Use an Online Booking Site
Venere: Online booking service with hotels, B&Bs and apartments in all parts of Italy, and in other European countries. Reserve using their online booking system, and the hotel owner responds directly to your request.
Phone the Hotel to Book
If you are booking your hotel yourself, you can contact them through their web site or phone or fax to make your reservation. To dial Italy from the US, dial the international code 011 then country code 39 then phone number (do not drop the leading zero of the city code). If calling from England, the international code is 00.
www.wtng.info: World Telephone Numbering Guide. List of all telephone country codes with dialing information.
Websites with Hotel Listings for Italy
Trip Advisor - Italy: Find the best deal, compare prices and read what other travelers have to say about hotels in Italy
www.itwg.com: Italian Tourist Web Guide. Hotel reservations.
www.karenbrown.com: Karen Brown. Detailed hotel, B&B and some vacation rental listings.
www.caffelletto.it: Cafelletto. Agency based in Florence with 150 listings in Italy. Most are Bed and Breakfast places, but some are vacation rental apartments. All are in very historic villas, estates or castles. A catalog is available. They represent the Lucignanello estate near Pienza. The name is a play on the Italian for Caffellate and B&B - It translates to Coffee & Bed.
www.abitarelastoria.it: Abitare la Storia is a non-profit-making association founded in 1995. It combines various independent accommodation facilities for tourists situated in historical dwellings both in towns and in the country, in the north and south of Italy.
www.travel-italy.com: Travel-Italy. US based agency that offers hotel reservations for almost 200 small, family owned and managed hotels in Italy. We have hotels in many areas including Sicily now. Also villa rentals, tour guide services, etc.
www.truetuscany.com: True Tuscany. Agency based in Italy with vacation rentals, B&B and country hotels in Tuscany. Also travel information and an online store. They also run True Umbria.
www.intuscany.net: Small selection of quality hotels and vacation rentals.
www.trueumbria.com: Agency based in Italy with vacation rentals, B&B and country hotels in Umbria. Also travel information and an online store. They also run True Tuscany.
www.b-b.rm.it: B&B Association of Rome. B&B and vacation rentals in Rome.
Books with Hotel Listings
Most guide books have hotel listings (see Guidebooks). There are also books devoted to hotel reviews.
Karen Brown's Italy, www.karenbrown.com. She has a "Charming Bed & Breakfasts" edition (which includes vacation rentals) and a "Charming Inns & Itineraries" edition.
Margo Classe's Hello Europe, www.helloeurope.com. Margo Classe's Hello series of books listing budget hotel for Italy, Spain, Paris, England, Scotland, Ireland.
Charming Small Hotel Guides, A Duncan Peterson Guide, Edited by Chris Gill
The Cadogan and Dorling Kindersley travel guides have good hotel recommendations.
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