Best Airbnbs in Italy: The Fab 4

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Best AirBnB's in ItalyI’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.

post-imageWhy 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.

1. A historic villa in the south of Italy

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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.

2. Sleep in a tower in Umbria

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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.

3. A modern apartment in the center of Venice.

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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.

4. Apartment with a loft in Florence.

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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.

The Best Hostels in Europe

Castle Hotels in Italy

Where to Stay in Florence

An Amalfi Coast Alternative

Casa Talia in Sicily (I went here last summer, and it was DA BOMB)

Glamping near Venice

Remember: Airbnb is awesome, but it’s not the only game in town. Also, try VRBO. For amazing boutique hotels, I search on Tablet and Welcome Beyond.

Final note.

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,

Bianca

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Jeannie

Where have you been? I haven’t heard from you for awhile….I thought it was because I wasn’t interested in the seminar your friend was hosting.

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annette

can you tell me the best and fasted way to get from lucca to praiano will need this for sept 19th 2015.we will be in italy for three weeks 4th -26th staying week 1 in lerici week 2 in lucca and week 3 in praiano.
thanks for your help.
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completely awesome!

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Terrific site! I just subscribed for your updates. I’d appreciate your opinion: Coming to Italy with my two teen daughters. Would you still recommend Riomaggiore or a different town? A specific flat to rent? Last, we want to spend two nights in the hills between Rome and Florence. Suggested less… Read more »

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Where should my girlfriend and I stay out first 2 nights in Italy, we land in Milan. We are a little intiminated.

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Frances Contreras

I love the airbrb tips, it’s a great insight to have for our upcoming europe trip in May . Thank you for sharing! Any suggestion on itinerary or length of stay for Florence?

Rebekah DeLibro
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Rebekah DeLibro

I get on airbnb every chance I get! I have not used it yet but a friend of mine is in May and the place looks awesome. We didn’t use airbnb for our trip to Italy, we were lucky enough to stay with friends in Ferrara where we spent 5… Read more »

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katie

Hi-
My boyfriend and I will be traveling from Paris to Pisa. We would then like to take the train to Cinque Terre. We will get into Pisa Monday after and plan to do Cinque Terre through Thursday morning. What do you recommend? First stop in Riomaggiore?

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Marie- Christine Roll

Hi Bianca,

I’am going to Naples with my 20 years old daughter saterday the 19th september until wensday the 23.
Do you have any suggestions where to stay?

Thank you so much!

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Marie- Christine Roll

Any good recommandation to stay in Naples for 4 nights from the 19 september tilleul 23 september 2015?

Tanks a lot!

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Ariel

Hello, I’m spending a week in Rome in January to study, with 3 days on the end to go somewhere with my husband. Do you have any good ideas for a great trip within 3-4 hours of Rome? We were considering Sicily, Cinqueterre?
Thanks for any guidance you can provide!
Ariel

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Kirsty Farrell

Hi Bianca! Do you have any recommendations for a hotel/Air BnB in Rome or even just a good area which is central and perhaps close to Roma Termini? We fly into Rome and are there for 2 nights, we are then catching a train from Roma Termini – Riomaggiore for… Read more »

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Kristine Thow

Hi Bianca,
Can you recommend a value for money BnB in florence walking distance with luggage to Florence train station. We (2 pax) will be taking a train to La Spezia enroute to Manarola in mid-May.

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Hi Bianca, I love your website! I’m an artist and I’ll be spending three weeks in Italy from May 26-June 16. I arrive in Milan on the 26th, then have 5 glorious days to adventure and explore before arriving in Florence on May 31st. I’ll be studying and painting with… Read more »

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Dianne Garriga

Your site is fantastic! So glad I found you, I’ll be spending a week in italy in May 2017 and i want to spend some days in rome and the rest around florence with a day trip to cinque terre, do you have any must-do suggestions?

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Rohan

Thanks so much for this. Very helpful especially the links to alternative sites at the bottom!

Amelia
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Amelia

Hi Bianca, I am new to your site and just love it! So informative. My boyfriend and I will be traveling to Italy for the first time in September. We have every part of our trip pretty much confirmed except for one thing. We will be leaving our 2 night… Read more »

Pamela Anderson
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Great blog. I am looking for some best traveling destinations and holiday apartment rental in Italy and your blog is quite helpful. Please bring some more posts and suggest some more places.
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