Hotels in General

Hotels are the most familiar (but rarely the cheapest or most interesting) places to stay

Lodgings in General

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This inexpensive room at the Hotel Galleria in Venice overlooks the Grand Canal (Photo courtesy of the hotel)

The classic lodging option—How Italian hotels work and how to book the best hotels at the lowest rates

 
This Italian hotel is officially five stars deluxe (the "lusso" part). Sounds great, but that doesn't mean it's the best place in town—or the right one for you.

From hotel savings to better booking engines, alternative accommodations to lodging rip-offs, here is the best lodging advice around

 

Lodgings in Italy

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Hotels
Amalfi

The classic Amalfi lodging option—generally reliable and familiar, but not always the best bargain

 
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Residenza del Duca
Downtown Amalfi

A cheap but luxurious little hotel in the heart of the Amalfi Coast town of Amalfi

 
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Hotel Residence
Downtown Amalfi

These moderately-priced (and occasionally frescoed) rooms with a view are hidden in plain sight between the cathedral and the port

 
★☆☆
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Hotel Amalfi
Downtown Amalfi

A simple and inexpensive hotel

 
★☆☆
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Hotel Santa Caterina
Amalfi outskirts

The original Grand Dame of Amalfi Coast hotels still reigns in all its Belle Epoque splendor on the coastal road

 
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Hotel Luna Convento
Downtown Amalfi

A gorgeous cloister hotel converted from a 13th century convent founded by St. Francis

 
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Hotel Miramalfi
Amalfi outskirts

A clifftop hotel on the east edge of town

 
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Hotel Marina Riviera
Downtown Amalfi

A family-run hotel on the cliffs west of town

 
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Albergo Sant'Andrea
Downtown Amalfi

A cheap hotel right across from the Duomo in the Amalfi Coast

 

Lodgings in Italy

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Hotels
Amalfi Coast

The classic Amalfi Coast lodging option—generally reliable and familiar, but not always the best bargain

 

Lodgings in Italy

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Hotels
Campi Flegrei—The Phlegrean Fields

The classic Campi Flegrei—The Phlegrean Fields lodging option—generally reliable and familiar, but not always the best bargain

 

Lodgings in Italy

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Hotels
Capri

The classic Capri lodging option—generally reliable and familiar, but not always the best bargain

 
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Villa Eva
Near Anacapri

A veritable Garden of Eden hidden along the back roads of the island of Capri

 
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Il Girasole
Near Anacapri

A budget hideaway in Anacapri

 
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Da Gelsomina
Near Anacapri

Great island views and a fabulous restaurant

 
★☆☆

The clifftop queen of Anacapri hotels

 
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Exclesior Parco
Capri Town

An exquisite and genuine grand hotel

 
☆☆☆
La Tosca
Capri Town

A family-run hotel on a quiet back street of Capri Town

 
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Biancamaria
Anacapri

An old-school hotel with decent rates and great views on the center of Anacapri

 
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Villa Krupp
Capri Town

An old world hotel with a view in a quiet corner of Capri

 
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Canasta
Capri Town

A quiet but luxurious hotel

 

Lodgings in Italy

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Hotels
Cinque Terre

The classic Cinque Terre lodging option—generally reliable and familiar, but not always the best bargain

 
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Inexpensive rooms right on the main drag of Riomaggiore

 
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Rooms with a view right at the port of Manarola

 
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Lovely views (and lots of stairs) near the tiptop of Vernazza's peninsula

 
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Albergo Degli Amici
Monterosso al Mare

A friendly hotel with views down over the town to the sea beyond

 
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Locanda Il Maestrale
Monterosso al Mare

A comfy hotel with some 18C frescoed rooms right on (and over!) the main street in the middle of Monterosso

 
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An old-school hotel sight on the main piazza of Vernazza

 
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Lovely views from a villa above the bustle of Riomaggiore

 

Lodgings in Italy

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Hotels
Florence

The classic Florence lodging option—generally reliable and familiar, but not always the best bargain

 
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A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Residenza Castiglioni
Florence: Santa Maria Novella

Inexpensive frescoed rooms in the heart of Florence

 
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De' Lanzi
Florence: Centro Storico

A moderately-priced hotel with a primo location and with peek-a-boo views of the Duomo

 
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Torre Guelfa
Florence: Centro Storico

A chichi hotel in the tallest tower in Florence

 
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Morandi alla Crocetta
Florence: San Lorenzo / San Marco

Your own frescoed room with a private home feel in Florence

 
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A superior double room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Loggiato dei Serviti
Florence: San Lorenzo / San Marco

Stay in a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture

 
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Palazzo Guadagni
Florence: Oltrarno

Stunning views and palatial rooms overlooking Piazza Santo Spirito

 
★★☆
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Palazzo Niccolini al Duomo
Florence: Centro Storico

Your very own frescoed Florentine palazzo on the Duomo square

 
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 (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
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Burchianti
Florence: Santa Maria Novella

Fantasic little hotel with rooms slathered in 17th century frescoes

 
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 (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
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Pensione Benescistà
Florence: Fiesole

This countryside hotel above Florence at Fiesole has the same views as chic hotel Villa San Michele for a fraction of the price

 
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Grand Hotel Cavour
Florence: Centro Storico

Contemporary comfort in a great location between the Duomo and Uffizi

 
★★☆
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Monna Lisa
Florence: Centro Storico

Part refined inn, part Old Master art gallery, the Monna Lisa is one of the most truly elegant hotels in Florence

 
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A room with a Duomo view (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
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Helvetia and Bristol
Florence: Centro Storico

An art-filled luxary hotel in the center of Florence

 
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Brunelleschi
Florence: Centro Storico

A luxury hotel at the very heart of Florence

 
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Savoy
Florence: Centro Storico

Luxury rooms in the shopping and sightseeing heart of Florence

 
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Regency
Florence: San Lorenzo / San Marco

This hotel borrows an Old English style giving the hotel a comfortable feel

 
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Torre di Bellosguardo
Florence: Oltrarno

Your own castle in the hills above Florence

 
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Villa San Michele
Florence: Fiesole

This used-to-be monastery has made a turn into an luxurious hotel teeming with elegance

 
★☆☆
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Casci
Florence: Centro Storico

An inexpensive, family-run hotel worthy of an overture

 
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A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Abaco
Florence: Santa Maria Novella

An inexpensive hotel of arty kitsch halfway to the Duomo

 
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Mario's
Florence: Santa Maria Novella

A stylishly cheap hotel near the train station

 
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Nuova Italia
Florence: Santa Maria Novella

The most helpful hotel in Florence

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Albergo Merlini
Florence: Santa Maria Novella

Top notch view of Duomo and Medici Chapels at a decent price

 
★☆☆
Duomo views from some rooms (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Bigallo
Florence: Centro Storico

Oustanding views of the Duomo and Giotto's belltower right outside your window

 
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Silla
Florence: Oltrarno

Great views over the Arno River from this Oltrarno hotel

 
★☆☆
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Pensione Pendini
Florence: Centro Storico

A grande dame hotel of yesteryear on cafe-lined Piazza della Republica near the shopping streets of Florence

 
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La Scaletta
Florence: Oltrarno

The panoramic rooftop views and homey feel means return guests book well ahead

 
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Alessandra
Florence

Standard and simple rooms near the Uffizi

 
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Hermitage
Florence: Centro Storico

An outstanding rooftop garden only outshined by the services of the staff at this Florence hotel by the Ponte Vecchio

 
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Calzaiuoli
Florence: Centro Storico

A cozy, moderate hotel bang in the middle of Florence, on the main street between the Duomo and the Uffizi

 
★☆☆
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Grand Hotel Minerva
Florence: Santa Maria Novella

Fairly pricey high-class hotel overlooking Piazza Santa Maria Novella

 
★☆☆
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Westin Excelsior
Florence: Santa Maria Novella

Defining class in Florence, this hotel is exquisite from top to bottom

 
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Several rooms share a terrace with killer Duomo views (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Medici
Florence: Centro Storico

Duomo views on the cheap in the shopping district

 
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 (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Albergo Azzi
Florence: Santa Maria Novella

An inexpensive bohemian hotel near the station

 
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 (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Soggiorno Bavaria
Florence: Centro Storico

An amazingly cheap, achingly basic hotel with a great location—and even some frescoes

 
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Some rooms have lovely garden views (Photo courtesy of the hotel)

Good deeds and a cheap room at this hotel-hostel hybrid in the Oltrarno neighborhood of Florence

 
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A dorm room (Photo courtesy of the hostel)
Academy Hostel
Florence: Centro Storico

A hostel in an historic palazzo just a block from the Duomo

 
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Le Due Fontane
Florence: San Lorenzo / San Marco

Run out of a palace from the 1600s, this hotel offers a fatasic view of the piazza

 

Lodgings in Italy

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A room
Hotels
Lazio lake district

The classic Lazio lake district lodging option—generally reliable and familiar, but not always the best bargain

 
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A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
I Due Laghi
Lake Bracciano

An equestrian paradise and agriturismo farm stay between Lake Bracciano and Lake Martignano

 

Lodgings in Italy

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Hotels
Milan

The classic Milan lodging option—generally reliable and familiar, but not always the best bargain

 
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A Deluxe Twin (Photo )
Doria Grand Hotel
Milan: Stazione Centrale

A luxury hotel near the train station

 
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A bedroom (Photo )
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A classic hotel near the Duomo

 
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The bedroom of a suite (Photo )
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Hotel Manzoni
Milan: Montenapoleone

A (relatively) cheaper hotel in the chic Quadrilatero d'Oro shopping district

 
★★☆
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Baglioni Hotel Carlton
Milan: Montenapoleone

A five-star luxury hotel mixing stylishly tradition and contemporary between the shopping district and the Giardini Pubblici

 
★★☆
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Straf Hotel
Milan: Duomo

A designer luxury hotel half a block from the Duomo

 
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A Deluxe Double with a Galleria view (Photo )
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Sina The Gray
Milan: Duomo

A contemporary luxury hotel just a block from the Duomo

 
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Panoramic suite (Photo )
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Excelsior Hotel Gallia
Milan: Stazione Centrale

A classic and stunning luxury hotel near the train station

 
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A poster bed in a double with a terrace (Photo )
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Lovely, large, light-filled rooms—many with terraces—on a quiet side street between the Castello and the Duomo

 
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A room (Photo )
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A quirky, artsy, fun hotel in the Brera district

 
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Grand Hotel et de Milan
Milan: Montenapoleone

A classic, intimate luxury hotel between La Scala (Callas often stayed, and Verdi live here) and the Montenapoleone boutiques

 
★★★
A Fresco Suite (Photo )
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Four Seasons Hotel Milano
Milan: Montenapoleone

Milan's most elegant hotel in the heart of the classy Montenapoleone shopping district

 
★☆☆
A twin room (Photo )
London Hotel
Milan: Duomo

An old-fashioned and cheap hotel in a killer location on a quiet side street between the Duomo and the Castello

 
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A twin (Photo )

A inexpensive hotel (and families' secret weapon)

 
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Hotel Pavone
Milan: Eastern Milan

A simple three-star hotel just E of the Duomo

 
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A Deluxe Double (Photo )
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Hotel Ariston
Milan: San Vittore

Milan's first eco-hotel, halfway between the Duomo and the Navigli

 
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A triple (Photo )

A cheap but super-friendly hotel east of the city center

 
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A double room (Photo )
Hotel Kennedy
Milan: Stazione Centrale

My cheap hotel of choice near(ish) the central rail station

 

Lodgings in Italy

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A bedroom at the Hotel des Artistes
Hotels
Naples

The classic Naples lodging option—generally reliable and familiar, but not always the best bargain

 
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A bedroom (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Hotel Ausonia
Naples: Chiaia

A quiet hotel with a nautical theme in a nice neighborhood of Naples, Italy

 
★☆☆
A bedroom at the Hotel des Artistes (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
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Hotel des Artistes
Naples: Centro Storico

A mid-range hotel on a quiet courtyard near the cathedral

 
★☆☆
A standard room at the Hotel Piazza Bellini (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
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Hotel Piazza Bellini
Naples: Centro Storico

A modern hotel with rooms and apartments in a 16C building

 
☆☆☆
A bedroom (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Hotel Ideal
Naples: Centro Storico

A classic budget hotel near the Naples train station

 
☆☆☆
A bedroom (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
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Hotel Rex
Naples: Port

A good deal in the swankiest hotel neighborhood in Naples

 

Lodgings in Italy

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A beautiful and homey hotel near the ruins of Paestum

 
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A simple hotel in a great location for viewing the ruins of Paestum

 

Lodgings in Italy

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Hotels
Pisa

The classic Pisa lodging option—generally reliable and familiar, but not always the best bargain

 
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Check out the trompe-l'oeil "curtains" around the bed in the niche (Photo )
Hotel Royal Victoria
Pisa: Along the Arno

A faded 19C Grand Dame hotel overlooking the Arno

 
★☆☆
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Grand Hotel Duomo
Pisa: Around Campo dei Miracoli

Views of the Campo dei Miracoli from your room

 
☆☆☆
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Hotel Francesco
Pisa: Around Campo dei Miracoli

A family-run hotel just down the road from the Campo dei Miracoli

 

Lodgings in Italy

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Hotels
Pompeii

The classic Pompeii lodging option—generally reliable and familiar, but not always the best bargain

 
★☆☆

A friendly, colorful B&B just around the corner from the ruins

 
☆☆☆

A bland roadside inn just a short stroll from the archaeological site's entrance

 
☆☆☆

Studio apartments and inexpensive rooms around the corner from the ruins

 

Lodgings in Italy

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Hotels
Positano

The classic Positano lodging option—generally reliable and familiar, but not always the best bargain

 
★★☆
Albergo California
Downtown Positano

A cheap hotel with a wonderful hostess

 
★★☆
Hotel Casa Albertina
Downtown Positano

A wonderful hotel with a view

 
★★☆
Hotel Le Sirenuse
Downtown Positano

A legendary hotel in the Amalfi Coast town of Positano

 
★★★
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€€

A garden hideaway hotel in the Amalfi Coast town of Praiano

 
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Hotel Il San Pietro
Positano outskirts

Where the modern jet set stays in the Amalfi Coast town of Positano

 
★☆☆
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A friendly, family-run establishment with some of the cheapest rates in town just 5 minutes from the beach

 
★☆☆
Hotel Villa Rosa
Downtown Positano

A cheap hotel with a spectacular view

 
★☆☆

A budget hotel in quiet Fornillo

 

Lodgings in Italy

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Hotels
Ravello

The classic Ravello lodging option—generally reliable and familiar, but not always the best bargain

 
★★☆
Hotel Palazzo Avino
Downtown Ravello

A luxury hotel in a medieval palazzo

 
★☆☆
Hotel Villa Maria
Downtown Ravello

Lovely rooms with a view (and a great restaurant)

 
☆☆☆
Hotel Toro
Downtown Ravello

An inexpensive hotel bang in the center of Ravello

 
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Hotel Villa Amore
Downtown Ravello

A cheap hotel in the hills with valley views

 

Lodgings in Italy

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A room at the Hotel Fenicia
Hotels
Rome

The classic Rome lodging option—generally reliable and familiar, but not always the best bargain

 
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A room at the Hotel Mimosa al Pantheon in Rome (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Mimosa Pantheon
Rome: Tiber Bend

Comfy rooms at rock-bottom rates in a fab location halfway between the Pantheon and Piazza Navona

 
★★☆
A room at the Hotel San Anselmo (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
San Anselmo
Rome: Aventine & Testaccio

A stylish villa in the quiet residential heart of Rome on the Aventine Hill

 
★★☆
A room at the Hotel Nardizzi Americana (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Nardizzi Americana
Rome: Termini train station

Style and class hidden in plain sight

 
★★☆
A room at the Hotel Aventino (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
€€
Aventino
Rome: Aventine & Testaccio

A garden villa retreat on the Aventine Hill

 
★★☆
A room at the Hotel Albergo Abruzzi (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
€€
Albergo Abruzzi
Rome: Tiber Bend

A room with a view...of the Pantheon

 
★★★
A room at the Hotel Villa San Pio (Photo )
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Villa San Pio
Rome: Aventine & Testaccio

A tranquil country oasis in the heart of ancient Rome on Aventine Hill

 
★★★
A room at the Hotel Raphael (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
€€€
Raphael
Rome: Tiber Bend

Five-star, ivy-clad luxury just off Piazza Navona

 
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A room at the Grand Hotel de la Minerve (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
€€€
Grand Hotel de Minerve
Rome: Tiber Bend

The Grand Hotel della Minerva offers five-star luxury just behind the Pantheon

 
★★★
A room at the Hotel Art (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
€€€
Hotel Art
Rome: Tridente

Avant-garde lodgings by the stylish Spanish Steps

 
★☆☆
A room at the Hotel Smeraldo (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Smeraldo
Rome: Tiber Bend

Loads of amenities on a quiet street in the heart of Rome

 
★☆☆
A double room at the Hotel Pensione Papa Germano (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Papa Germano
Rome: Termini train station

It's like staying with your own, helpful Italian uncle near the train station

 
★☆☆
A room at the 939 Hotel (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
939 Hotel
Rome: Tridente

An inexpensive inn offering 18th century class at 17th century prices in Rome

 
★☆☆
A room at Hotel Panda (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Panda
Rome: Tridente

Cheap lodgings a stone's throw from the Spanish Steps

 
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A room at the Hotel Des Artistes (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Des Artistes
Rome: Termini train station

A high-class yet inexpensive hotel near Termini train station

 
★☆☆
A room at the Hotel Astoria Garden (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Astoria Garden
Rome: Termini train station

A touch of class and superior service (at low rates) near the train station

 
★☆☆
A room at the Hotel Campo de' Fiori (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
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Campo de' Fiori
Rome: Tiber Bend

Comfy (if cramped) digs near party central

 
★☆☆
A room at the Hotel Pensione Parlamento (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
€€
Pensione Parlamento
Rome: Tridente

Professional service, perfect location, priced to please

 
★☆☆
A room at the Hotel Navona (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
€€
Navona
Rome

Aussie service in a prime location near Piazza Navona

 
★☆☆
A room at the Kolbe Hotel (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
€€€
Kolbe
Rome: Downtown Ancient Rome

A classy hotel in a former monastery at the Forum's back door

 
☆☆☆
A brightly colored room at Hotel Colors near the Vatican (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Colors
Rome: Vatican

Cheerful and cheap digs near the Vatican and St. Peter's

 
☆☆☆
A room at the Hotel Villa delle Rose (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Villa delle Rose
Rome: Termini train station

A touch of faded grandeur and class near the train station

 
☆☆☆
A room at the Hotel Fenicia (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Hotel Fenicia
Rome: Termini train station

Three-star comforts at one-star rates near Termini train station

 
☆☆☆
A room at the Hotel Sole al Biscione (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
€€
Hotel Sole
Rome: Tiber Bend

One of the most ancient hotels in Rome (with the beds to prove it) in a terrific location

 

Lodgings in Italy

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Hotel Plaza
Downtown Salerno

A fine budget hotel near the rail station

 

Lodgings in Italy

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Duomo
Terza di Città

A medieval palazzo with lovely views halfway between the Duomo and the Campo

 
★★☆
Piccolo Etruria
Terza di San Martino

A gem of a small hotel right off the Campo

 
★☆☆
Bernini
Terza di Camollia

Like living with your Sienese cousins around the corner from St. Catherine's house

 
★☆☆
Cannon d’Oro
Terza di Camollia

A medeival palazzo on a main street, and a few rooms have killer views

 
☆☆☆
Alma Domus
Terza di Camollia

A budget religious hospice between San Domenico and St. Catherin's House

 

Lodgings in Italy

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Hotels
Sorrento

The classic Sorrento lodging option—generally reliable and familiar, but not always the best bargain

 
★★☆
Hotel Villa di Sorrento
Downtown Sorrento

A relatively posh hotel with decent rates

 
★★☆
Hotel La Tonnarella
Marina Grande & Via Capo

A hotel above the sea

 
★☆☆
Hotel Mignon
Downtown Sorrento

A cheap but nice hotel

 
☆☆☆
Hotel Nice
Downtown Sorrento

A cheap hotel right by the train station

 
☆☆☆
Hotel del Corso
Downtown Sorrento

A bargain hotel with killer views of the pedestrian action

 

Lodgings in Italy

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A room with a poster bed
Hotels
Tivoli

The classic Tivoli lodging option—generally reliable and familiar, but not always the best bargain

 
★★☆
A room with a poster bed (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
€€€
Residenze Gregoriane
Downtown Tivoli

Luxury suites overlooking the river in the historic district of Tivoli

 
★☆☆
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Casale Colleoni
Outside Tivoli

A country hotel on the road to the Villa Adriana (Hadrian's Villa)

 

Lodgings in Italy

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Hotels
Venice

The classic Venice lodging option—generally reliable and familiar, but not always the best bargain

 
★★☆
A room (Photo )
Violino d'Oro
Venice: San Marco

A budget boutique hotel in San Marco

 
★★☆
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Bernardi-Semenzato
Venice: Cannaregio

The family-run Hotel Bernardi-Semenzato has made its reputation offering fine rooms packed with amenities at laughably low prices (oh: and canal views in the annex)

 
★★☆
A room (Photo )
Ai Do Mori
Venice: San Marco

Reasonable rates, friendly owner, and tiny rooms just a few yards off St. Mark's Square

 
★★☆
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Pensione Guerrato
Venice: San Polo

The friendliest hotel in Venice

 
★★☆
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Galleria
Venice: Dorsoduro

A moderately-priced room right on Venice's Grand Canal

 
★★☆
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Locanda Fiorita
Venice: San Marco

A Venetian palazzo getaway

 
★★☆
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
San Cassiano Ca' Favretto
Venice: Santa Croce

Best views of any hotel in Venice

 
★★☆
A room (Photo courtesy of the property)
€€
Pensione Accademia
Venice: Dorsoduro

The classy villa hotel overlooking two canals where Hepburn filmed Summertime

 
★★★
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
€€€
Gritti Palace
Venice: San Marco

Live like a Doge at the posh Hotel Gritti Palace

 
★★★
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€€€
Hotel Cipriani
Venice: Dorsoduro

A compound of glorious Renaissance villas occupying the tip of Giudecca island

 
★★★
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
€€€
Hotel Danieli
Venice: San Marco

One of the most classic and posh hotels in Venice, overlooking the Bacino di San Marco

 
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Why, yes, that is the facade of St. Mark's right outside the window of your Deluxe double room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
€€€

Five sumptuous apartments and double rooms right on Piazza San Marco with views of St. Mark's Cathedral facade mere yards away

 
★☆☆
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Antica Locanda Sturion
Venice: San Polo

The oldest hotel in Venice sports Grand Canal views

 
★☆☆
A room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
La Residenza
Venice: Castello

Live like a Doge; pay like a pauper

 
★☆☆
A frescoed room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Foresteria Valdese
Venice: Castello

A hostel, hotel, and religious hospice with baroque frescoes and canal views in the Palazzo Cavagnis

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
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Metropole
Venice: Castello

The elegant 18th century villa was once Vivaldi's home overlooking the Bacino San Marco

 
☆☆☆
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Ariel Silva
Venice: Cannaregio

A hidden and wonderfully homey hotel in Cannaregio—with great apartments, too

 
☆☆☆
A room with a canal view (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Caneva
Venice: Castello

A cheap, one-star hotel with canal views near St. Mark's

 
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A studio apartment (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
We_Crociferi
Venice: Cannaregio

A mix of hostel, private rooms, and apartments in a 12C Cannaregio monastery

 
 
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Useful Italian phrases

Useful Italian for rail travel

English (inglese) Italian (italiano)  Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
Where is? Dov'é doh-VAY
...train station la ferroviaria [or] la stazione lah fair-o-vee-YAR-ree-yah [or] lah stat-zee-YO-nay
ticket un biglietto oon beel-YET-toh
first class prima classe PREE-mah CLAH-say
second class seconda classe say-CONE-dah CLAH-say
one way solo andata SO-low ahn-DAHT-tah
round trip (return) andata e ritorno ahn-DAH-tah ay ree-TOUR-noh
Just the supplement Soltanto il supplemento soul-TAHN-toh eel sou-play-MEN-toh
Just a seat reservation Soltanto una prenotazione soal-TAHN-toh oo-nah pray-no-tah-tsee-YOH-nay
I have a Eurailpass Ho il Eurailpass oh eel YOO-rail-pahs
sleeping couchette una cucetta oo-nah koo-CHET-tah
berth in a sleeping car un posto nel vagone letto oon POH-sto nell vah-GOAN-nay LET-toh
track binario been-AR-ree-yoh
train treno TRE-no
car (carriage) carozza ka-RO-tza
seat posto PO-sto
departures partenze par-TEN-zay
arrivals arrivi ah-REE-vee
information informazione in-for-ma-tzee-OH-nay
left luggage deposito bagagli day-PO-zee-toh ba-GAHL-yee
     
punch your ticket timbrare il biglietto teem-BRA-ray eel beel-YET-toh
Is this the right platform for the Rome train? E questo il binario per il treno à Roma? ay KWAY-sto eel been-AR-ree-yo pair eel TRE-no ah RO-ma? 
delayed in retardo een ree-TAR-do
strike sciopero SHO-pair-oh
     
Mon-Sat Feriali fair-ee-YAHL-ee
Sun & holidays Festivi feh-STEE-vee
Daily Giornaliere joor-nahl-ee-YAIR-eh
City / Train station names
English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Main station
Rome Roma Termini
Florence Firenze Santa Maria Novella
Venice Venezia Santa Lucia
Milan Milano Centrale
Genoa Genova Porta Principe
Naples Napoli Centrale
Leghorn Livorno Centrale
Turin Torino Porta Nuova

Useful Italian for air travel

English (inglese) Italian  (italiano)   Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
Where is... Dov'é doh-VAY
the airport l'aeroporto LAHW-ro-port-oh
the airplane l'aereo LAIR-reh-oh
terminal terminal TEAR-me-nahl
flight volo VOH-lo
gate uscita d'imbarco oo-SHEE-tah deem-BARK-oh
to the right à destra ah DEH-strah
to the left à sinistra ah see-NEEST-trah
straight ahead avanti [or] diritto ah-VAHN-tee [or] dee-REE-toh
keep going straight sempre diritto SEM-pray dee-REE-toh
departures partenze par-TEN-zay
arrivals arrivi ah-REE-vee
delayed in ritardo een ree-TAR-doh
on time in orario een oh-RAH-ree-yo
early in avanti een ah-VAHN-tee
boarding imbarco eem-BARK-o
connecting flight la coincidenza la ko-een-chee-DEN-za
check-in accettazione ah-chet-ta-zee-YO-nee
immigration controllo passaporti cone-TRO-lo pah-sa-POR-tee
security check controllo di sicurezza kohn-TRO-lo dee see-kur-AY-tzah
customs dogana do-GA-na
shuttle la navetta lah na-VET-tah
boarding pass carta d'imbarco kart-ta deem-BARK-o
baggage claim ritiro bagagli ree-TEER-oh bah-GA-lyee
carry-on luggage bagaglio à mano bah-GA-lyo ah MA_no
checked luggage bagalio bah-GA-lyo

Useful Italian for car travel

English (inglese) Italian  (italiano)  Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
car automobile ow-toh-MO-bee-lay
scooter/motorboke un motorino oon mo-tair-EE-no
gas station stazione di servizio stah-zee-YO-nay dee sair-VEE-tzee-yo
gas benzina ben-ZEE-nah
diesel gasolio [or] diesel gah-ZOH-lee-oh [or] DEE-zell
Fill it up, please al pieno, per favore ahl pee-YAY-noh, pair fa-VOHR-ray
Where is... Dov'é doh-VAY
...the highway l'autostrada lout-oh-STRA-dah
...the state highway la statale [written "SS"] lah sta-TAHL-eh
...the road for Rome la strada per Roma lah STRA-dah pair RO-mah
to the right à destra ah DEH-strah
to the left à sinistra ah see-NEEST-trah
straight ahead avanti [or] diritto ah-VAHN-tee [or] dee-REE-toh
keep going straight sempre diritto SEM-pray dee-REE-toh
to cross attraversare ah-tra-vair-SAR-ay
toll pedaggio peh-DA-jo
parking parcheggio par-KEH-jo
road map carta stradale kar-ta stra-DA-lay
where can I pay the fine? dove posso pagare la multa DOH-veh Po-so pag-GAR-ray la MOOL-tah


Typical road signs / terms » more

English (anglais) French (français) 
Stop Stop
Exit  Uscita
Staffic light Semaforo
One-way Senso unico
Dead-end Strada senza uscita
Parking prohibited No parcheggio or parcheggio proibito
Pedestrian zone Area pedonale
Limited Traffic Zone (you pay to drive in) ZTL or Zona Traffico Limitato

Basic phrases in Italian

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) pro-nun-see-YAY-shun
thank you grazie GRAT-tzee-yay
please per favore pair fa-VOHR-ray
yes si see
no no no
Do you speak English? Parla Inglese? PAR-la een-GLAY-zay
I don't understand Non capisco non ka-PEESK-koh
I'm sorry Mi dispiace mee dees-pee-YAT-chay
How much is it? Quanto costa? KWAN-toh COST-ah
That's too much É troppo ay TROH-po
     
Good day Buon giorno bwohn JOUR-noh
Good evening Buona sera BWOH-nah SAIR-rah
Good night Buona notte BWOH-nah NOTE-tay
Goodbye Arrivederci ah-ree-vah-DAIR-chee
Excuse me (to get attention) Scusi SKOO-zee
Excuse me (to get past someone) Permesso pair-MEH-so
     
Where is? Dov'é doh-VAY
...the bathroom il bagno eel BHAN-yoh
...train station la ferroviaria lah fair-o-vee-YAR-ree-yah
to the right à destra ah DEH-strah
to the left à sinistra ah see-NEEST-trah
straight ahead avanti [or] diritto ah-VAHN-tee [or] dee-REE-toh
information informazione in-for-ma-tzee-OH-nay

Days, months, and other calendar items in Italian

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
When is it open? Quando é aperto? KWAN-doh ay ah-PAIR-toh
When does it close? Quando si chiude? KWAN-doh see key-YOU-day
At what time... a che ora a kay O-rah
     
Yesterday ieri ee-YAIR-ee
Today oggi OH-jee
Tomorrow domani doh-MAHN-nee
Day after tomorrow dopo domani DOH-poh doh-MAHN-nee
     
a day un giorno oon je-YOR-no
Monday Lunedí loo-nay-DEE
Tuesday Martedí mar-tay-DEE
Wednesday Mercoledí mair-coh-lay-DEE
Thursday Giovedí jo-vay-DEE
Friday Venerdí ven-nair-DEE
Saturday Sabato SAH-baa-toh
Sunday Domenica doh-MEN-nee-ka
     
Mon-Sat Feriali fair-ee-YAHL-ee
Sun & holidays Festivi feh-STEE-vee
Daily Giornaliere joor-nahl-ee-YAIR-eh
     
a month una mese oon-ah MAY-zay
January gennaio jen-NAI-yo
February febbraio feh-BRI-yo
March marzo MAR-tzoh
April aprile ah-PREEL-ay
May maggio MAH-jee-oh
June giugno JEW-nyoh
July luglio LOO-lyoh
August agosto ah-GO-sto
September settembre set-TEM-bray
October ottobre oh-TOE-bray
November novembre no-VEM-bray
December dicembre de-CHEM-bray

Numbers in Italian

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
1 uno OO-no
2 due DOO-way
3 tre tray
4 quattro KWAH-troh
5 cinque CHEEN-kway
6 sei say
7 sette SET-tay
8 otto OH-toh
9 nove NO-vay
10 dieci dee-YAY-chee
11 undici OON-dee-chee
12 dodici DOH-dee-chee
13 tredici TRAY-dee-chee
14 quattordici kwa-TOR-dee-chee
15 quindici KWEEN-dee-chee
16 sedici SAY-dee-chee
17 diciasette dee-chee-ya-SET-tay
18 diciotto dee-CHO-toh
19 diciannove dee-chee-ya-NO-vay
20 venti VENT-tee
21* vent'uno* vent-OO-no
22* venti due* VENT-tee DOO-way
23* venti tre* VENT-tee TRAY
30 trenta TRAYN-tah
40 quaranta kwa-RAHN-tah
50 cinquanta cheen-KWAN-tah
60 sessanta say-SAHN-tah
70 settanta seh-TAHN-tah
80 ottanta oh-TAHN-tah
90 novanta no-VAHN-tah
100 cento CHEN-toh
1,000 mille MEEL-lay
5,000 cinque milla CHEEN-kway MEEL-lah
10,000 dieci milla dee-YAY-chee MEEL-lah


* You can use this formula for all Italian ten-place numbers—so 31 is trent'uno, 32 is trenta due, 33 is trenta tre, etc. Note that—like uno (one), otto (eight) also starts with a vowel—all "-8" numbers are also abbreviated (vent'otto, trent'otto, etc.).