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Late Sunday night just before I was shutting down my computer I read the first reports of the Italy earthquake. At the time, the bulk of the news was coming in via Twitter, and the latest information had the epicenter in L’Aquila – about 60 miles east of Rome in […]

6.3 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Italy near Rome


In January 2011, Rome introduced a new tax on accommodation, amounting to €1-3 per person per night, depending on the type of accommodation. Not to be outdone, the cities of Florence and Venice have rushed to implement similar taxes, which will take effect on July 1, 2011. >> Thanks to […]

New Hotel Taxes in Florence & Venice


Following closely in Rome’s footsteps, the city of Florence voted recently to implement a hotel tax, which took effect July 1. Although the cost of the tax itself is small in comparison to the amount you’ll spend on your whole Italy trip, it doesn’t feel good to think you’ve been […]

Florence Hotel Tax: What it Costs & How to Avoid ...