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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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Best Airbnbs in Italy: The Fab 4

by Bianca @ Italian Fix

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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.
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where to stay in florence

This is an awesome question from  a reader:

My bride and I are going to Italy to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. We will be in Florence for 2 nights before going to Rome. What do you recommend for hotels in Florence? We love small hotels, and it would be great to be near the Duomo.

Thanks!     {Roy S.}

So – you’re headed to Florence?

Congratulations! I’d love to give you my top choices for cozy and romantic hotels.

I’ve personally visited or stayed in all the hotels that I’m recommending to you.

I’m a real picky bitch about these things. I don’t recommend luxury hotels that feel over the top and frivolous. I don’t think that spending a large amount of money equals to having a large amount of fun. The two things aren’t linked in my experience.

But of course the lower end of the price spectrum often delivers generic hotels filled with el cheapo everything. And don’t get me started on wall to wall Berber carpeting or I might have to be sedated.

I can get you closer to your perfect Florence hotel right now.

You say you want to be central:

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