I’m freakin’ excited to show you these.
If you love interesting homes, hotels and spaces, then we have something in common.
I believe that when you travel — where you stay can be half the adventure.
To say it straight, you can do one of two things:
1) Stay in a standard space.
2) Stay in an awesome space.
The truth is, your budget doesn’t dictate your options.
Like my man Tony Robbins says, it’s not about resources, it’s about resourcefulness.
Why be normal?
Luxury has many facets. Your definition of luxury could be four hundred thread count sheets. Or maybe it’s just a hot shower. Depends on what you have at home, and how you’re wired.
My definition of luxury is walking into a space and feeling wide-eyed and wowed. There’s a sensual type of beauty and playfulness that I seek (in homes, and in men, but that’s another article). I’ve felt that way about a tent in the woods. And a one room cabin with an outdoor shower.
My point? Define your own luxury. You’ll have an easier time choosing where to stay when you travel.
The destination can write the journey.
A unique hotel or apartment can be a destination in itself. It can be pretty enough to ignite your inner “hell yeah”, and book a flight or rearrange your itinerary. This is usually a good thing.
Last summer I went to a specific town in Sicily for one reason only: to stay at an incredible hotel. Turned out, the city, not just the hotel, was amazeballs. We made friends with the owner, (Marco is a star) and we met some sweet people. We had so much fun in Modica that I can’t wait to go back. (See my Instagram for photos.)
A welcome mat to the best Airbnbs in Italy.
I want to save you 10 hours of research – and mainline you some great spaces you can rent on Airbnb right now.
If you’ve just landed here from Google and already have your itinerary – I’m gonna totally screw with you. You may have to re-tool your plans.
If you’re in the throes of planning your trip – or dreaming about planning a future trip – sweet! Bookmark this page.
The lowdown: You’ll be singing Gwen Stefani’s, “If I was a rich girl” because this villa will make you feel like you just won the lottery. The crazy thing is, it’s listed for less than 80 bucks a night.
Close to: Pompeii, Naples, Sorrento, Capri, and Ischia. The archaeological treasure, Herculaneum, is within walking distance.
The lowdown: If Rapunzel had an Italian country house, she would live here.
Close to: Nothing. Which sounds lovely, doesn’t it? Practically speaking, it’s near Lake Trasimeno on the border between Tuscany and Umbria.
The lowdown: My bud Victoria from Sfgirlbybay has an amazing eye for beautiful things (she’s written about my tours to the Cinque Terre twice: here and here). When she went to Venice, she stayed here.
Close to: Everything in Venice. Knock yourself out.
The lowdown: If you’re in Rome with family or a few friends, look no further than this crazy ass apartment with an 800 s.f. deck overlooking the city. Please send me a postcard – I adore this place.
Close to: Campo de’ Fiori, Jewish Ghetto, Piazza Navona, Pantheon and the Roman Forum.
The lowdown: A secret hideaway in Florence surrounded by a large garden. I love the bathtub too.
Close to: The train station (Santa Maria Novella ‘hood). But what I love about Florence is that everything is close.
Want more tips like this?
Here are more pretty places to lay your head.
Casa Talia in Sicily (I went here last summer, and it was DA BOMB)
Sleep outside the box! Get creative on your accommodation choices because you deserve a beautiful space for your home away from home. The best of Airbnb in Italy is waiting for you.
Wishing you the happiest of travels,