If visiting in high season, the sooner you book the better – up to three months in advance for a July visit.
- Hotels All prices and levels of quality.
- B&Bs Often great value, ranging from rooms in family homes to self-catering studio apartments.
- Farm-stay accommodation Perfect for families, agriturismi range from rustic farmhouses to luxe abodes with swimming pool.
- Pensions Similar to hotels, though pensioni are generally of one- to three-star quality and family run.
- Hostels You'll find both HI-affiliated and privately run ostelli, many also with private rooms.
Live out your bucolic fantasies at one of Italy’s growing number of agriturismi (farm-stay accommodation). While all are required to grow at least one of the products they serve, options range from rustic country houses with a handful of olive trees to elegant country estates with sparkling pools to fully functioning farms where guests can pitch in.
Agriturismi can be an especially good choice if you’re travelling with kids, as they may be able to help with feeding and tending to farm animals.
To find lists of agriturismi, ask at any tourist office or check online at one of these sites:
High & Low Seasons
The high season is July and August, though prices peak again around Easter and Christmas. It's essential to book in advance during these periods. Conversely, prices drop between 30% and 50% in low season. In the winter months (November to Easter) many places, particularly on the coast and in the islands, completely shut down. In the cities and larger towns accommodation tends to remain open all year. The relative lack of visitors in these down periods means you should have little trouble getting a room in those places that do stay open.