You've booked your plane tickets to Italy and now it's time to think about the next most important element of your trip: lodging.
If you haven't been to Italy before, you might be surprised at just how many options there are for different types of accommodations while you are traveling. Here's a quick guide:
Hotel – This is obviously the most common category for tourists visiting Italy, but remember that it isn't the only category! Hotels in Italy are generally rated on the 1-to-5 star system, but keep in mind that the number of stars doesn't always correlate with their level of luxury.
In Italy, a lot of the times the star rating is based on the property having certain features like breakfast service, 24-hour reception, air conditioning, and other highlights.
Agriturismo – This type of accommodation you may not be as familiar with, but they are quite common throughout Italy. When you stay at an agriturismo, you're usually staying at a farm-like property with the family who owns the home, and you usually get the option of eating home-cooked breakfast and dinner, too.
Many travelers to Italy prefer agriturismo stays because it offers a chance to really experience the culture of the area—the people, the food, and the scenery. Surprisingly, reservations at an agritourismo tend to be less expensive than a traditional hotel.
Pensione – Another common accommodation in Italy you might not be familiar with is a pensione, which is usually a block of rooms rented by a type of family establishment that can be much less expensive than a traditional hotel.
Usually a pensione provides the option of meals too, which is something you won't necessarily find with hotels. Nowadays, you can find pensione in Italy under other names like B&B, albergo, or soggiorno.
Hostel – If you're really up for an adventure and saving a considerable amount of money on accommodations, you may want to give hostels a try. Hostels are very popular amongst single travelers or those who want to meet other fellow travelers along the way.
Typically, hostels offer shared rooms and bathrooms—although a select few may offer the option to book a private room for a higher cost. Hostels are abundant throughout Italy, and you can usually find a variety of options in just about every city.
No matter what style of traveler you are, you'll find options for your preferred style of lodging just about anywhere. Hotels, agriturismi, and pensioni are usually listed on online travel sites like TripAdvisor, and you can find a wide range of hostels on sites like HostelWorld.com. Happy travels!
Bluone can also help find exclusive lodging in Italy in connection with our culinary and wine tours. For more information on places you could stay, please contact us today!
In part one of this blog series, we talked about a few of the better-known regions of Italy. In this post, we’ll continue with a few other Italian regions so you can get to know a side of Italy that you might not be familiar with!
Piedmont (Piemonte) – The capital city of this region, Turin, was the host city for 2006 Winter Olympics. Interestingly enough, Turin is also the birthplace of Italian cinema with the first cinema screening occurring here in 1896.
Piedmont (Piemonte) is known for its gourmet cuisine that includes truffles, fine wines like Barolo, and a wide range of sophisticated cheeses. In fact, the Piedmont region produces 50 different varieties of regional cheeses!
Le Marche – Located near the center of the country on the Adriatic coast, this hilly region isn’t heavily frequented by tourists. However, it has a history that goes back to the fourth century BC when it was inhabited by a tribe of Gauls.
Even though you probably won’t find crowds of tourists here, that doesn’t mean Le Marche doesn’t have a lot to offer. It’s full of history and geographical beauty. Urbino, the hometown of famous artist Raphael, is an ideal destination for anyone who enjoys renaissance art and history.
Puglia – This coastal region is the very southeastern corner of the country. Its history goes back to the 8th century BC with the Mycenaean Greeks and is considered one of the richest archaeological regions in Italy.
A popular tourist attraction here is the trulli of Alberobello—these white dry stone huts with conical roofs were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1996. Lecce, one of the more popular cities in this region, is often called the “Florence of the South” for its heavy baroque influence and history.
We hope these posts have helped you learn more about this great country! Which region of Italy do you most want to visit? Let us help you plan your dream trip to Italy!