Hotels are the obvious choice of accommodation for international travelers, but those looking for a more personal experience should consider bed and breakfasts. The pricing is comparable if not cheaper at a B&B.
Innkeepers are passionate about their towns and enjoy pointing you to the best restaurants, shops, and attractions. There are misconceptions that you have to share bathrooms and that they have no amenities, but nearly all B&B rooms are ensuite and offer WiFi and other modern amenities that rival hotels. There is almost always a common area where you can lounge and meet interesting guests from around the world. Many innkeepers also serve free snacks and/or tea in the afternoon
While there are hundreds to choose from, here are four of the most modern and classy bed and breakfasts in Italy:
While located in a building that dates back to the 1500s, this B&B was renovated in 2005 and is completely modern, At one point it was the dining room of a convent, giving it very unique architecture; one room has a tall, arched ceiling made of bricks. Located in the historic center of Florence, it is just a few blocks from the Accademia Gallery, where Michaelagenlo’s Statue of David resides. It is also close to the Duomo and Uffizi. All rooms have ensuite bathrooms, air conditioning, televisions, fridges, and free breakfast each morning. The B&B offers a bike rental and welcomes pets.
Just a few minutes from the Leaning Tower of Pisa, this B&B features modern design and amenities that will make you forget you’re not staying at a hotel. The chic rooms are very spacious and quiet. In addition to a free breakfast in your room, the rooms come with a boiler for coffee or tea. Much like a hotel, your room comes with bathrobes, a fridge, a hairdryer, and satellite television.
Little Queen B&B
This modern B&B is located in the Jewish quarter in the historic center of Rome, near the Fountain of Turtles in Piazza Mattei. It was restored in 2007 and is located a several minute’s walk from sites such as the Colosseum and Pantheon. This B&B offers free WiFi, satellite TV, an Italian breakfast, and daily room cleaning. Each room has an LCD television screen, air conditioning, a private bath, a safe, and a mini-bar.
Only steps from the Grand Canal and Rialto Market, this beautiful B&B is located in the heart of Venice. Each room has a large modern bathroom, king size bed, television, air conditioning, safe, mini-bar, cotton kimonos, hair driers, and a kettle. Free WiFi is also offered here. The spacious rooms have plenty of natural light and are decorated warmly and elegantly. You can eat the free breakfast in the common area or have it in your room. The innkeepers can book theater seats, concerts, and restaurant reservations for you, and you can book a Thai massage in your room.
So whilst Italy many not be showing their pedigree in the World Cup, the B&B's and hotels really will deliver!