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Stylish, multicultural and very modern Italy with bright landscapes and magnificent examples of historical heritage always inspired famous artists and poets. The country is surrounded by five seas and has the most extended coastal line among resorts of the Mediterranean, with endless beaches and thousand big and small resort cities. Located on the Apennine Peninsula, Italy is considered one of the leading world tourist destinations. Very few people did not dream to visit the magnificent Colosseum, calm Vatican or take gondola trip down the narrow streets of the romantic Venice. Italy is home to about 60% of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, with over 30,000 churches and cathedrals, 20,000 castles and 700 museums and galleries.
The country's accommodation is represented by the leading international hotel chains, such as Marriott, Westin, St. Regins, Accor, Holiday Inn, Forte Hotels and Le Meridien. There are around 38,000 hotels, varying according to class (from 1 to 5 stars), season, services offered and, of course, location. Italian accommodation types, beside hotels and youth hostels include also 1 or 2star hotels called pensioni (guesthouses). Also, you can rent numerous villas or apartments, available at most Italian cities. B&B accommodation is getting popular; additionally, you can choose agriturismo or farm stays in either working farms or in converted farmhouses with upscale service. Also, there are such cheap options as motels, located mostly outside of the city, on major highways. Other options include camping grounds, rifugi (alpine huts), and monasteries.
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Italy hotels room rates vary, depending on the season. Expect to pay more on the ski resort from December till March, or for summer vacation on the coast. The lowest rates for a budget hotels in a double room will cost up to €80; youth hostels can charge from €14 to €20 and cheap Italy hotels pensioni more likely will cost not less then €25 per single room. Mid-range hotel will charge from €80 up to €200. In best Italy hotels, expect to pay anything above €200.
A former center of the mighty empire, Rome, Italy's capital is located on the located on the seven hills, on the River Tiber. Fascinating examples of architecture from the Renaissance period are located near the city center, along with magnificent piazzas, churches, royal palaces and monuments. Also, here is the heart of Roman Catholic Church, placed in the Vatican. Among key attractions in Rome are Fontana di Trevi, Panteone, Foro Romano, Basilica di San Pietro and Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. There is no bad time to come to Rome, so seasons are not very different in terms of hotel rates.
Luxury option is represented by Hassler-Villa Medici hotel, located at the top of the Spanish Steps. All 99 rooms have elegant classic design, with Venetian glass chandeliers and marble bathrooms and beautiful views from the balcony. Hotel' facilities include meeting rooms, fitness centre and beauty salon. Budget variant will be Yellow hostel, located on the Castro Pretorio side on Termini Station. Hostel facilities include bar with patio, game room, free Wi-Fi and Internet access and laptop rental. For mid-range hotel, hit Albergo del Sole, best for the central location, between Campo de Fiori and Piazza Navona, next to Teatro di Pompei. Its 59 rooms are rather basic, but very comfortable.
Venice, with its magnificent palaces and romantic canals, seem not changing with time. La Serenissima meaning The Divine Republic, peacefully lives in the waters of a blue lagoon. Being just a shopping and religious centre of Europe and the East, the city managed to save its extraordinary power, majesty and wisdom. The historical downtown is located around Piazza San Marco, the main square in Venice. Major attractions to visit in Venice are St Mark's Basilica, Museo Marciano and Doge's Palace.
As for accommodation, Venice luxury hotels include stylish Sofitel hotel, located on the Tolentini canal, near the Grand Canal. Rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, TV and mini-bar. For Italy luxury hotels, hit glamorous Hotel Gritti Palace, occupying the former palace of Venetian Doge Andrea Gritti with exceptional service and world-class rooms. One of the best Venice hostels in terms of location is Loca Azzurra, placed just behind san Marco Square and few steps far from Rialto bridge.
Milan, the capital of Lombardy and Italy's richest city, lies in the Po Valley. Home to most influential businesspeople, ambitious Milan also is famous for the La Scala opera, Duomo cathedral and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Milan's luxury hotels include Four Seasons Hotel, Carlton Baglioni and Park Hyatt Milan. Mid-range hotels are Antica Locanda dei Mercanti with 14 charming rooms and Hotel Regina. For cheap sleep hit Ciao Bella Milan hostel.