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where to stay in Rome

Want the inside scoop on where to stay in Rome?

You’ve booked your plane ticket – but that’s only half the pre-vacay work.

We want you to know what The Eternal City looks and feels like before you go.

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4 Things We’re Loving Now

by Bianca @ Italian Fix

beach time for Ferragosto in August


It’s Ferragosto in Italy, which is synonymous with VACATION in that part of the world.

Almost everyone in the country takes a holiday at this time of year, so if you’re visiting, you’ll find most everything closed in the bigger cities, at least on August 15th but often straight through the entire week.

Italians leave their desks and head to the nearest seaside town (the people who work in the tourist industry in these seaside towns are very much NOT on holiday during Ferragosto, as it’s the busiest week of the year for them). Everything feels festive and relaxed, and the day is second only to Christmas as a time for family, friends, food, and total relaxation — with a whole lot of beach time folded in.

When I think Ferragosto, I think daydreaming by the sea, and so in the spirit of this national holiday, I wanted to share some of the things that were lazily drifting through my head when I myself was lounging on the beach in Sardinia a few weeks ago.

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where to stay in Venice lagoon view

If you’re going to Italy, “where to stay in Venice” is something that you’re likely asking yourself. I’ve been a bunch of times and so have many of our clients.

We have a city guide for Venice with an exhaustive list of where to stay in Venice, written by someone who lives there and knows what’s what.

Whether you’ve explored The Floating City before or whether you’re planning your first trip, I want to let you in on some sweet digs that are definitely on my “where to stay in Venice” radar for the next time I go.

We have a complete list of hotels in our Venice City Guide.

But just for fun, here’s a list of our fave non-hotels that are a little quirky or just plain fab.

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