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B&Bs in Italy, Come in Many Flavors


Bed and Breakfasts seem to be all the rage these days, but they also have become an umbrella for all kinds of room rentals. What do I mean by that?

A B&B in Italy can be as simple as a spare room in someone’s apartment or house, where you may even share their personal bathroom. It also can be separate rooms, where the proprietor doesn’t even live on-site. You pick-up the key, pay ahead of time, leave the key in the room and eat your breakfast from plastic wrapped food stuffs. I have even seen Bed and Breakfasts who don’t even offer breakfast…. So you need to ask yourself, what am I looking for in a B&B in particular?

I think travellers in Italy are looking for service, advice and experience in a B&B.

Service – they want a place that feels and treats them as if they were home. Provides additional services such a FREE wireless internet and reasonable costs for fax, copies, drinks, and local souvenirs.

Advice – where are the best restaurants for fish, meat and the local specialties, low cost, family style, where the locals eat, etc. What towns and sites are worth visiting, trekking tours in the Sibillini mountains, discounts at beach chalets’, wine tours, etc. Or even private and self-guided tours upon request.

Experience – the goal is to ensure guests have an wonderful time and experience in the Region, no matter their interests and/or tastes. Word of mouth is the best advertisement, so the B&B needs to work hard to meet and exceed the needs of guests.

I believe it is also important to provide a safe and secure environment for couples and families, wether it’s gated parking for their cars or a safe playground for the kids, I believe the ambiance of the Bed and Breakfast is also important for those guest who are looking for a peaceful and relaxing getaway from their daily careers.

Some Friendly Advice…

So next time you are surfing the web, looking for Bed and Breakfast make sure you ask them:
1. What is their process for check-in and check-out? (tell you if they are on-site)
2. Ask about private or shared bathrooms? (ensure you privacy)
3. Ask about secure parking? (security regarding you car)
4. What is served for breakfast? (fresh or packaged breakfast)
5. Does some on-sight speak (your language) or English? (so you can ask questions and get advice)

These are all reasonable questions, it takes the guess work and surprise out of your B&B experience. Any B&B worth having you as a guest would be happy to answer all and more of your questions. If not, you may re-think that particular B&B.