Italy on a budget?

Old Nov 28th, 2001, 02:06 PM
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I don't know what their prices are now, but in 1998 I stayed at the following place which I thought was in a great location:

Hotel Bellettini (Budget – Single w/out Bath was 110,000 italian lire)
Via de Conti 7
Firenze, Italia
011-39-55-21-35-61 phone
011-39-55-28-35-51 fax
Located very close to the Duomo. Although very centrally located, it is tucked down a side street so I found it to be quiet (although my room didn't face the front). I had a Single, but was very impressed. Usually single rooms can tend to be quite cramped. My room was a decent size (really could swing a cat in it - didn't have to step outside to change my mind), had a television, sink, wonderful wardrobe for storage and a safe and linens were changed daily. The breakfast buffet gave you plenty to choose from and was included in the price. Actually what made this place so special, was the staff. They were extremely pleasant and went out of their way to help, particularly when I needed a car to the Florence airport at the last minute at 4:00 am. Forgot to mention that my room came without a bathroom. However, the common bathroom was next door to me and during the entire week's stay I never once had to wait to use it - it was always available (I was there at the beginning of November).

They may have a web site now but I don't have that information. Hope this will help with your Florence hotel search.
 
Old Nov 28th, 2001, 06:15 PM
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I've been seeking out cheap airfares to Italy as well and seem to be coming up with nothing under $550. Not a great deal if you're trying to go budget.
 
Old Nov 28th, 2001, 07:28 PM
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Just booked a flight today on USair for 476 including all taxes and fees. The flight was an internet only deal and was from Minneapolis/St. Paul. Feb 14-21 Good luck
 
Old Nov 29th, 2001, 10:08 AM
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US Air has some good deals, but their travel times and dates are very restrictive.
 
Old Nov 29th, 2001, 12:57 PM
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Sarah, if you haven't found anything for FL yet. We just returned from Italy last month and while in FL we stayed at a B&B right across from the Babtistery and the Duomo. It's called "Soggiorno Battistero". Positives: 5 rooms facing the Piazza, right in the heart of EVERYTHING! Run by a very helpful, young couple, spotlessly clean & bright - 180,000L/night ~$80/night, including Breakfast served in your room (that was high season). Negatives: 69 steps to their flat, no TV or phone in rooms, you are right on the Piazza so it was noisy, but that may not bother some folks.
 
Old Nov 29th, 2001, 12:58 PM
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Sarah,

To clarify my statement on my trip in 1999, we went thru Tuscany mainly which is much cheaper than Venice, Florence and Rome. If you're interested in any hotels in Tuscany/Umbria let me know.

Last year we stayed at the Locando Leon Bianco on Cannaregio in Venice. It was very reasonable (140.US for very nice room w/ grand canal view).
We stayed at Hotel Accedemia in Florence. Again, not spectacular, but clean and located close to the train station and walking distance to many sites (double 125. US).
In Rome we stayed at the Hotel Spring House (double approx. $100. US). It is near the Vatican so you may not like the location, but the price was good and we didn't mind the walk.



 
Old Nov 29th, 2001, 02:13 PM
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I just booked a United flight out of Washington Dulles on Monday for $396 roundtrip using Orbitz for a trip at the end of December. Trip back is even direct.

If anyone has ideas on where a great place to spend New Year's Eve in Rom is...please advise!
 
Old Nov 29th, 2001, 03:06 PM
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I'm very jealous of Jennifer's airfare. Unfortunately there aren't any such deals from California.
 
Old Nov 29th, 2001, 05:39 PM
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Heeello! I feel like a fool, keep repeating myself, but did anybody pay attention to bestfares.com? The fare is $302 from CA to Rome, good until April, the only catch is you have to purchase the tickets this month. I know some travel agencies who will get you the same deal if you don't belong to bestfares. Geez folks, I have house guests every month because people from CA are taking advantage of the cheap fare to visit me in drove!
 
Old Nov 29th, 2001, 09:17 PM
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But if I have to join bestfares.com, then my deal isn't really that great. Plus, do they allow you to see which airline I'll be flying before I have to join?
 
Old Nov 29th, 2001, 09:45 PM
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Sarah, if you haven't found anything for FL yet. We just returned from Italy last month and while in FL we stayed at a B&B right across from the Babtistery and the Duomo. It's called "Soggiorno Battistero". Positives: 5 rooms facing the Piazza, right in the heart of EVERYTHING! Run by a very helpful, young couple, spotlessly clean & bright - 180,000L/night ~$80/night, including Breakfast served in your room (that was high season). Negatives: 69 steps to their flat, no TV or phone in rooms, you are right on the Piazza so it was noisy, but that may not bother some folks.
 
Old Nov 30th, 2001, 09:12 AM
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Thanks for all of the suggestions. I have a travel agent working on trying to find me decent airfare, but so far nothing under $550 and I'm not even being picky about the flight times and am flexible on the dates.
 
Old Nov 30th, 2001, 09:24 AM
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Sarah, Are you doing a round trip from Rome or flying into Rome and out of Venice? I just did a fare compare in expedia and am getting a lot of flights for a round trip between LAX and Rome in January for under $500.
 
Old Nov 30th, 2001, 09:29 AM
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Hi Sarah! You don't say how early in january you want to travel. Keep in mind that any travel around the first week of January is holiday season and it is considered high season everywhere. But just out of curisity I entered a set of random dates on Orbitz (www.orbitz.com) - departing LAX on January 10 (Thursday) and coming back on Sunday, January 20. I got fares for $460 with 1 stop in Philly. Traveling mid-week brings the fares down to $440. Really cheap from LAX if you ask me. These are all web fares. So if you are truly interested in taking this trip, you can do it! remember to post a trip report when you get back.
 
Old Nov 30th, 2001, 09:31 AM
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Vita - great minds think alike - you and I were checking out the same idea simultaneously.
 
Old Nov 30th, 2001, 09:36 AM
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We really wanted to fly out of San Diego a little earlier in the month. Since we're both unemployed at the current time, we thought we should get back after the holidays and start really hitting the pavement for jobs.
 
Old Nov 30th, 2001, 10:26 AM
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Yes, you do have to join bestfares, or you can use other people's membership if you know one (my husband's membership has been used for all of our friends and relatives' tickets). In the case of Sarah, two people flying, the membership of $60/yr can be split, only $30 each is not a big deal. Also, Sarah can use the companion fare for two people flying together, the same $302 deal with no black out date even during the holidays. Exactly what you ask for, Sarah, fly now with cheap fare and come back by Jan to search for new employment.
 
Old Nov 30th, 2001, 10:42 AM
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In October we stayed at Albergo Doni in Venice for around $70 a night. Shower and bath not included. Right around the corner from Piazza San Marco - see Rick Steves. Very convenient and quiet; plus on a small canal and very close to the Grand Canal. In Florence we stayed at the Hotel Elite, right by the church of Santa Maria Novella. I thought the area was safe, and it is hard to beat less than $65 a night. The room was newly decorated and had a shower; the bath was on the hall. The staff is helpful and friendly, especially the lady that works there. Florence is so small that location is not as crucial as in some places.
 
Old Nov 30th, 2001, 10:42 AM
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In October we stayed at Albergo Doni in Venice for around $70 a night. Shower and bath not included. Right around the corner from Piazza San Marco - see Rick Steves. Very convenient and quiet; plus on a small canal and very close to the Grand Canal. In Florence we stayed at the Hotel Elite, right by the church of Santa Maria Novella. I thought the area was safe, and it is hard to beat less than $65 a night. The room was newly decorated and had a shower; the bath was on the hall. The staff is helpful and friendly, especially the lady that works there. Florence is so small that location is not as crucial as in some places. See Rick Steves and Frommers for this one.
 
Old Nov 30th, 2001, 09:19 PM
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Sarah, don't use a travel agent. They have to make money, and they'll make it from you! My husband and I went to Italy for the first time last April (first time travelling out of the country besides Tijuana)and I learned everything I needed to know from the great people on this website. Do a lot of searches and ask good questions. If you can qualify as a student or teacher, try the Council Travel website. Try tiss.com. They have good airfares from LA. (I live in LA and am always insanely jealous of the ggod fares the easterners get!)Just keep trying all the websites for airfares and you'll find something cheaper than most travel agents can get you. (I tried a couple of travel agents and they weren't even close.)Try a monastery or convent - they always get good reviews. Have a wonderful time!
 

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