|Our balcony in Rome, just down the road from the Colosseum|
In smaller towns and quick overnights, we chose small hotels that were affordable and safe and
|A room with a view - Portovenere|
Here are links to useful websites as well as the hotels we stayed in:
AirBnB -- For private flat or house rentals all around the world.
Rental in Rome -- We didn't end up booking through this site, but it's another good option for Rome, Venice, Florence, and Cortona flats.
Albergo Paradiso, Portovenere -- I loved this ocean-side hotel! Gorgeous views, a quick walk to great restaurants and historical sites, and a great continental breakfast included in the rate.
Albergo Duomo, Montepulciano -- Okay, we honestly chose this hotel for a number of reasons, NOT just because Robert Pattinson stayed here while filming "Twilight"...but the bragging rights don't hurt. ;-) It has a perfect location by the town's main Piazza and tasting room's for many of Tuscany's best wineries; an informative concierge who made a reservation for us at his favorite off-the-beaten-path restaurant; and another great continental breakfast. Go for it, Twihards.
|Our home, sweet home, in Venice|