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Sila

Air BnB in Rome and Venice and other trip questions

by Sila »

Greetings Traveling friends!

We spent two weeks in Italy in April of 2016 and loved it so much we are returning.  We plan to start in Rome, travel to a small town in Tuscany (Montepulciano perhaps) then on to Florence, a quick stop in Padua perhaps and time in Venice.  Probably 4 nights each in Rome, Florence and Venice.  On this trip we'll stick to trains and are most interested in history, art, food and music.  So here are my questions for the community

1. Is it safe to book Airbnbs in Rome and Venice?  There seem to be a lot of lovely options at good rates and above board (unlike the some of the places we've stayed in US airbnbs).  We just don't want to land and find out we don't have a place to stay.  Anyone have experiences to share?

2. We didn't explore Trastevere last trip.  I'm thinking it might be a great spot to find local hang outs - good food and maybe music.  (We are two late 50s couples; tastes run from hard rock to folk.)

2. We do want to spend a night or two in an ancient town center in Tuscany.  We got sick during our last trip and missed Montepulciano but our travel companions said it was just what we were looking for; history, not overly commercial and beautiful.  It looks like we'd have to do train to bus to get there without a car.  There will be 4 of us traveling.  Might it make sense to find a driver/guide to get us there from Rome?  (Or perhaps from a train accessible town closer to Montepulciano.)  Any other recommendations for historic towns for a change from the city pace?

3.  Any recommendations for music/opera in Rome, Florence or Venice?  I'd love to catch an opera.  

 

Thanks for any help you can offer.  I'll look up my notes from last trip to share with folks.

 

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Sila

RE: Air BnB in Rome and Venice and other trip questions

by Sila »

Thank you mushroom!  It does sound as though Airbnb is a bit different in Italy (in the States we've been asked to tell the neighbors that we are relatives of the landlords which is never comfortable...)  I'll post on the board after our trip for updates on music.  I'm remembering that a friend's son lives in Trastevere so I bet he'll have some ideas for us.  I like the idea of hiring a driver for the Montepulciano part of the trip.  

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mushroom

RE: Air BnB in Rome and Venice and other trip questions

by mushroom »

well, usually people in an Italian building already know exactly who are the relatives of a neighbor.  I doubt many Italians could pull off renting their apartment through AirBnb and having the neighbors believe that they just happen to have American, British, Irish, German, Indian, etc "relatives" takng turns to visit while they are not there. There are no Italian or Roman laws restricting AirBnb or short-term rentals in Italy.  I can't guarantee that every Italian neighbor is happy to have a neighbor who rents out an apartment in a building to rotating groups of tourists.  But most Italians have owned the same apartment for generations, and have ahd the same neighbors for generations, so it's a different dynamic. I don't think there is anyone in Rome buying up apartments as investments to rent to tourists (as there is Paris or Berlin or London).

If you find an apartment you like listed on AirBnb, you might do some google research to see if it also listed on Booking.com or Flipkey or Home Away -- just because you might find extra reeviews there. 

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billiv

RE: Air BnB in Rome and Venice and other trip questions

by billiv »

We looked into Air B&B for our recent trip to Italy, but didn't use them.  We found deals just as good or better elsewhere. Plus Air B&B charged a 3% fee for foreign currency exchange--this in addition to any % your credit card issuer might charge.

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