My boyfriend and I are doing a 2 week tour of northern Italy (Milan/Bergamo-Verona-Venice-Bologna-Genoa) in september. We have our first 2 nights accommodation booked in Bergamo but we're just wondering whether it's easy enough to turn up and find accommodation on the day or whether to book in advance? We'd like the flexibility of not having a timescale in each place (depending on how much we like the place/what there is to do, we may want to stay one night or 4!) but we are on a bit of a budget and don't really want to pay in excess of £25 pp/pn.
Any advice/info greatly appreciated
Tough call. In Venice I'd definitely book something, maybe in Verona as well. Not too sure whether it's necessary in Bologna and Genova.
i say - dont book. the most amazing accomodations were taken by me in Italy by chance.
BUT, like in every trip - it's better to book the 1st place where you stay after arriving.
u dont want to search for place to sleep right from airport + luggage, etc.
september is not crowded, no worry , u'll b all right.
P.S. Venice is EXPENSIVE (very!) . no one stays in Venice itself, but there r many towns around - 10 -15 mins by bus to Venice.
When I was in Italy a few years ago, in both Florence and Venice, I was approached at the train station by owners of local hotels that were offering about 50% off room for the night and often for a few nights after that. It was in July/August so it should have been busy, but we didn't have any trouble. We stayed in an old palace in Florence for a hostel price!!
But be cautious and have a look at the room before you book or pay anything.
So, I'm saying don't book, if you didn't get that.
Given your budget, I'll repeat what I said: you would do wise to book something. There is plenty of last-minute offer, I agree, but it tends to be MUCH more expensive as well, and €62,50 a night doesn't stretch a long way in Italy.