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How to Find Accommodations in Italy for Under 100 Euro

Traveling has always been one of my passions. It exposes us to new cultures and experiences and makes the world a more tolerant place.

Il Nido, located in the Hills above Sorrento.  Fantastic view and great breakfast.  That's Mt. Vesuvius out there.  Paid 90 euro per night.

Il Nido, located in the Hills above Sorrento. Fantastic view and great breakfast. That's Mt. Vesuvius out there. Paid 90 euro per night.

Anyone who has been or is planning to go to Italy knows that it can be an expensive country to visit. It is not uncommon for visitors to pay well over 100 euro per night for a room. If you are looking for plush accommodations or a resort, you can easily spend over 200 euro.

In our three trips to Italy, which account for a total of over forty nights of accommodations, we have yet to pay over 100 euro for a room in a single night. In fact, on one of our first trips to Italy in 2009, we averaged only 77 euros per night. Our second trip in 2010 averaged out to 82 euros per night, and our third trip in 2012 averaged 80 euros per night.

Villa Quartarella - Modica, Sicily. Unbelievable find for 75 euro per night.  The largest rooms we have ever stayed in.

Villa Quartarella - Modica, Sicily. Unbelievable find for 75 euro per night. The largest rooms we have ever stayed in.

Villa Rosa Convent in Rome, not far from the Colosseum.  Huge clean rooms with high ceilings.  Paid 90 euro per night.

Villa Rosa Convent in Rome, not far from the Colosseum. Huge clean rooms with high ceilings. Paid 90 euro per night.

Before you tell yourself that these people must be willing to stay just about anywhere, I will assure you that we are, in fact, very picky about where we stay. The place must be clean above all else. If we have even the slightest indication that a place is not clean, we will cross it off of our list. And because we have traveled to Italy in September when there is a chance for it to be quite warm, we generally wind up with a place that has air conditioning. Another criteria that we insist upon is a room with private en-suite bathroom facilities. We do not want to have to share a bathroom with other guests.

How Did We Do It?

Our method is simple but effective, and we have yet to stay at a place where we have had a really bad experience. After deciding on where we are going and when, we start by making a visit to TripAdvisor, the online travel forum. This user-friendly travel website is a great tool for getting travelers honest feedback on accommodations, restaurants, and things to do. The website allows you to use filters to hone your search and we usually use this tool to make a short list of four to five places that look like they fit our criteria and are under 100 Euro.

You want to make sure that in addition to pricing, you are analyzing feedback on important factors such as location, cleanliness, amenities, check in/out times, photos of the place, etc.. TripAdvisor also lets you filter by the type of accommodation that you are looking for, be it a hotel, B&B, or an apartment. We have found that B&B’s, apartments, convents, and agriturismos, are generally more affordable than a hotel or resort. We usually direct our search to this type of accommodation.

Once you have four or five places on your list, it’s time to dig deeper. I normally make a visit to the website of the places to check availability and to confirm that the prices that I saw on TripAdvisor are still accurate. TripAdvisor gives you an average price per night for the place, so often times it will differ from the price you find on their website. To find out if the establishment has rooms available, you are sometimes required to send an e-mail. Some places have an online availability calendar, but I have found that these are not always accurate so it is best to always check with the place.

Once you have confirmed the availability and price, your list will usually shrink down to one or two places that are either not available or are too expensive. You will be left with maybe two or three places to choose from. You can then go to some of the other travel forums such as Fodor’s or Frommer's and do a search on the name of the place you are considering. This is just another source for feedback, and it can help you in making a final decision.

As you get closer to making your selection you should also revisit TripAdvisor. Make sure that you read all of the reviews to ensure that you didn’t miss anything. On occasion, I have contacted some of the folks who have posted reviews to ask further questions. This has proven to be very helpful.

By now it should be pretty clear where you want to stay. All that is left is to reserve the room for the nights you want. When doing this, I always ask a few key questions such as: what do you require to hold the reservation (deposit or not), and what is your cancellation policy (just in case)? I also request a confirmation reply via e-mail just so I have a document to bring with me in case of a problem when checking in. As I usually reserve places well in advance of my trip, I will check in with the place periodically to make sure they still have our reservation. I will certainly reconfirm our reservation a few weeks before we depart for Italy.

All in all, it’s a pretty simple process. There’s nothing magical or complex about it. It comes down to just following a process and knowing what your budget is and what your criteria are for your accommodations.

I hope that these tips will help you on your next trip to Italy or wherever your travels take you. I also hope that you are as successful as we have been in finding great accommodations for less than 100 euro per night.

Ciao for now.

B&B You and Me - Venice - 90 euro per night.  Clean, spacious, a/c, great breakfast,

B&B You and Me - Venice - 90 euro per night. Clean, spacious, a/c, great breakfast,

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© 2012 Bill De Giulio

Comments

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on January 04, 2018:

Thanks Claire. There are definitely bargains to be found out there so good luck and enjoy Italy.

Claire-louise on January 04, 2018:

Thank you for this, I am planning a trip to Italy in 2018 so I will definitely look up that first place! What a bargain.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on September 10, 2014:

Hi Ahdilarum. Thanks for stopping by. Hope you found this hub helpful. Have a great day.

Ahdilarum on September 10, 2014:

This page will really help for those who seek accommodation for cheap and best amount.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on January 31, 2013:

Hi mbwalz. We look far and wide for great local accommodations and it always seems to work out. There are deals out there. Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to comment.

MaryBeth Walz from Maine on January 31, 2013:

What great advice. I know that people often think Europe it too expensive. But if you are smart and don't demand American accommodations, you can really live like a local, experience the country, and afford the trip! I loved your variety of photos too. Many people have one image of a country but you've presented the many faces of the country well!

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on August 01, 2012:

Hi vespawolf. Thank you for visiting and commenting. My method has always worked for me so give it a try sometime. It's always a great feeling to find that hidden gem for a great price. My thanks to my buddy Suzie HQ also. Thanks for the vote and share.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on August 01, 2012:

I'm pretty worthless when it comes to planning vacations, so I'm glad to have read about your method and hope to use it next time! We would love to return to Europe, but as you say it's expensive. Still, someday I'm sure it will happen. Thank, too, for your beautiful photos! I feel like I took the journey with you. I'm glad Suzie HQ introduced me to your hubs. Voted up and shared.

Jasmine on July 21, 2012:

Yes, I may do that :) A nice picture gallery hub shouldn't be a problem!

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on July 20, 2012:

Sounds like a great trip. I have heard that it is beautiful. My parents went to Dubrovnik a few years ago and raved about it. You can write a hub or two about your trip when you get back and that way we can all visit through you.

Jasmine on July 20, 2012:

Zadar - it's a town on the coast (North Dalmatia). We hope to visit the Plitvice Lakes, Split, Trogir and Dubrovnik, too. Some islands as well. It's a beautiful country. It's just as expensive as Italy. It looks a lot like Italy except that the coast is more beautiful. A lot of celebrity people have visited the country. Edward Norton just came back from the island of Hvar. Princ Harry was there, too, Brad and Angelina, Beyonce with Jay Z, Oprah and others!

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on July 20, 2012:

Excellent. Have thought about a visit to San Marino, hopefully someday. Will have to put Rimini and Riccione on my list of places to visit, thanks for the tips.

Liam Hallam from Nottingham UK on July 20, 2012:

I have already been! I would recommend Rimini and Riccione and a trip up to San Marino-although you can find hotels around there for less than 50 euros a night half board

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on July 20, 2012:

Hi CyclingFitness. Grazie. It certainly is! After my first visit to Italy I was addicted. Wait till you get there, you will be amazed. Thank you for reading and commenting.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on July 20, 2012:

Jasmine. My sister just returned from Italy last week and she said it was hotter than hell. Yes, we are going to Venice and then on to Sicily in September. Croatia is supposed to be beautiful, you'll have a great time I'm sure. Keep me posted on your trip. Where in Croatia?

Liam Hallam from Nottingham UK on July 20, 2012:

Bellisimo!! Lovely Images and some fantastic accommodation options. There's a real appeal to Italy for me so I really loved this. CF

Jasmine on July 20, 2012:

I remember that you are planning a trip to Italy in September. This summer I'm meeting one part of my Italian family in Croatia. That's where we're staying in August. It's hot like hell in both these countries right now.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on July 20, 2012:

Hi Mazio. The Agriturismo's are just a great place to stay while in Italy. That's great that you discovered them back in 2006. 100 euro is always our max for accommodations and we strive for even less than this. It does take some homework but there are hidden gems all over italy that are beautiful and reasonable. Good luck planning that trip for next year. Have a great day.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on July 20, 2012:

Hi Jasmine. Yes you are lucky. You have a nice short flight and a place to stay. I'm envious. We just arranged our flights for a trip this Sept and those overnight 9 hour flights are tough to take if you can't sleep on an airplane. I need to look into this and find a magic pill. Thanks for stopping by to read and comment. Have a great day.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on July 20, 2012:

Hey Bill. Yes, I do occasionally venture to places other than Washington. If my wife had her way we'd spend 6 months in Washington and 6 months in Italy. Different, yet both beautiful. Thanks as always for stopping by to read and comment. You have a great day out there. Hopefully the sun is shining today.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on July 20, 2012:

Hey Mike. Thanks for reading and commenting. Italy is beautiful. If you ever get the chance you won't regret it. Have a great day.

MazioCreate from Brisbane Queensland Australia on July 19, 2012:

When we went to Italy in 2006, high season, we opted to stay in agriturismo accommodation. These were in Levento near the Cinque Terra and Sienna. Both were beautifully appointed and like you we paid less than 100 euro per night. You have mentioned some great places to stay and as we're heading over again next year I'll take note of their locations. Great hub! Liked and shared.

Jasmine on July 19, 2012:

Oh, boy! I'm feeling all homesick again. Great pics! I'm so lucky to be able to travel to Italy and spend money on the flight only. I've got family and friends there to welcome me and offer so much more than just accommodation. Why, oh why, do I have to live in Germany?

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 19, 2012:

I was trying to figure out where in Washington this place called Italy is???? I couldn't believe there was a hub by you that didn't mention Washington State. Big surprise....it was the real Italy. LOL

Great hub; if I ever get to travel abroad I am loaded with information now.

Micheal is from United Kingdom on July 19, 2012:

Great advice Bill.

Really must get my finger out and pop over to Italy soon. My daughter just did a tour and you are right, it is very expensive so these tips are really helpful. The photos are great too.

Voted up interesting and useful Sharing.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on April 29, 2012:

Thanks Suzie. You are correct. For me the research is half the fun. I greatly enjoy searching out great places and finding that gem that is reasonable. As you know, Italy can be very expensive so every little bit helps. Appreciate the comments. Ciao.

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on April 29, 2012:

excellent article and I see you are a "research, research and more research" traveller like me and its so important in Italy!Love the accom in Montemagno, reminds me of around our place in the South.Another very informative piece, great photos . . .Enjoyed greatly!!

vinner from India on March 31, 2012:

You are a good traveler also. Only a good traveler can give such useful information

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on March 26, 2012:

Thanks rLcasaLme. Someday you will have the time to travel and hopefully you will make it to Italy. It's almost as addicting as HubPages. I like you screen name, rLcasaLme! Is there a story behind it?

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on March 26, 2012:

Thanks Lenzy. I'm waiting for that day that you let us know you're heading to Italy. Hopefully it's sooner rather than later.

Rael Casalme from Dubai, United Arab Emirates on March 26, 2012:

Since the nature of my work does not give me the privilege to travel a lot, I've never really tried visiting and utilizing the TripAdvisor. I guess I'll have to now, not because I've changed my job but because of the encouragement I've got from your hub.

This hub really teases me to plan a trip to Italy with my wife. Certainly, it'll truly be an enjoyable one.

These photos are breathtaking. Great hub!

Lenzy from Arlington, Texas on March 26, 2012:

Hi bdegiulio,

I will make use of some of your suggestions if I ever travel to Italy. As always, you have some great photos.

Lenzy