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OLD CHARMS, STYLE AND COMFORT   IN ITALY'S MOST BEAUTIFUL CITIES

Recently, we have travelled to Rome, Venice, Tuscany and Umbria to take a careful look at 2, 3 and 4 star, independently owned hotels. We inspected dozens of establishments, many of which provide perfectly adequate accommodations, and from them we have chosen and listed just one or two really lovely places to stay in each place: to say that we have been choosy is to understate the situation! Our criterion was to find accommodations which will contribute in their own right to the pleasure of your visit in terms of comfort, charm and tradition, as well as being located conveniently for the sights and, in the case of city hotels, for easy transfer from the airports. Contact us at this address for further information: gu84@dial.pipex.com.

We charge a modest fee for our booking service which is included in our tariffs but, because of negotiated rates, most are equal to or slightly less than the normal 'rack' rate, which is charged direct by the hotels to the general public. Prices shown and payments are in GB sterling and are per bedroom/suite, not per person, and include breakfast and local taxes. Most hotels will accept a minimum stay of 2 nights in peak season or during festivals.

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ROME
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Hotel - tariffs in GB Sterling per room with twin beds per night, 
including breakfast and taxes 
Low Season 
Nov 13 -
Dec 25
High Season 
Mar 8 - Nov 12
Dec 26 - Jan 6
house

ITR04 - Hotel Venezia

Exquisite hotel decorated in antique Venetian style. A few metres from the central station with direct links to airports, within walking distance of ancient Rome and other key sights.
96.50 
(=$154US)
108.00 
(=$173US)
VENICE AND LAKE GARDA
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Hotel - tariffs in GB Sterling per room with twin beds per night, 
including breakfast and taxes
Low 
Jan 5 - Feb 24
Nov 13 - Dec 23
Shoulder 
Mar 8 - 17
Mid Season 
Feb 25 - Mar 7
July/August 
Jul 1 - 31 Aug
High Season 
Mar 18 - Jun 30
Sep 1 - Nov 12
Dec 24 - Jan 4

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ITV02 - Hotel Al Sole, Venice

Built in the 16th century and once a prince's palace, many of the medieval features are preserved. Located on a quiet canal within easy walking distance of the airport shuttle in one direction and the Rialto Bridge in the other. Tintorettos and Titians nearby at the Scuola di San Rocco and Chiesa dei Frari.
70.00 
(=$112US)
96.00 
(=$154US)
130.00 
(=$208US)
96.00 
(=$154US)
130.00 
(=$208US)
Hotel

ITV09 - Hotel Belle Arte, Venice

A few strides from the Grand Canal and a short, but romantic ride by water bus from the airport shuttle terminus, this hotel has been newly created from the old school house directly behind the Academy of Fine Arts (Belle Arte). Within easy walking distance of St Marcs, The Rialto and Santa Maria della Salute.
67.00 
(=$107US)
67.00 
(=$107US)
102.00 
(=$163US)
89.00 
(=$142US)
102.00 
(=$163US)
Hotel - tariffs in GB Sterling per room with twin beds per night, 
including breakfast and taxes
Low 
Jan 4 - Apr 21
Apr 30 - May 26
Sep 27 - Dec 24
Shoulder 
May 27 - Jun 9
Sep 10 - Sep 26
Mid Season 
Apr 22 - 29
Jun 10 - Jul 28
Aug 27 - Sep 9
Dec 25 - Jan 3
High Season 
Jul 29 - Aug 26
Hotel

ITV10 - San Filis, San Felice del Benaco, Lake Garda

Set in a romantic old village to the west of Lake Garda, 10 to 15 minutes' walk from the shore, a 16th century villa, recently restored but retaining its original beauty. Bedrooms with en-suite shower and toilet, phone. Garden, swimming pool, restaurant.
39.00 
(=$62US)
47.00 
(=$75US)
54.00 
(=$86US)
64.00 
(=$102US)
FLORENCE AND TUSCANY
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Hotel - tariffs in GB Sterling per room with twin beds per night, 
including breakfast and taxes - US dollar rates are shown at recent 'spot rates' 
Low Season 
Jan 10 - Mar 15 
  July/August 
Jul 16 - Aug 31
High Season 
Mar 16 - Jul 15
Sep 1- Nov 10
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ITF01 - Hotel Cellai, Florence

A lovely hotel decorated with fine antiques in the San Lorenzo district. Owned and developed by the same lady owner for over 40 years. 2 minutes walk to the San Lorenzo church and street market, 5 minutes to the cathedral and 15 minutes to the Palazzo Vecchia and Uffizi gallery, 3 minutes from the rail station connecting with Pisa airport and by bus with Florence airport.
73.00 
(=$116US)
73.00 
(=$116US)
115.00 
(=$184US)
hotel

ITF06 - Hotel Casci, Florence

Once owned by Gioacchino Rossini, this hotel has been created in the upper floors of a 15th century nobleman's palace and a former convent in the same street and a few doors up from the Palazzo Medici-Riccardi and only 200 metres from the cathedral. 5 minutes walk to the station connecting to Pisa airport and the bus to Florence airport.
52.00
(=$83US)
69.00
(=$110US)
75.00
(=$120US)
Hotel - tariffs in GB Sterling per room with twin beds per night, 
including breakfast and taxes
Until End May
2000
From June
2000
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ITP03 - Hotel Leonardo, Pisa 

A newly created hotel in a medieval merchant's house, quietly situated, right in the historic centre of Pisa. The Campo with the stunning cathedral and leaning tower are within a short walk. Pisa once had a sea empire to rival Venice - a very lovely and charming place to stay, rather than day tripping to see it. The bus from the airport stops 100 metres from the door.
66.00
(=$106US)
80.00 
(=$128US)
Hotel - tariffs in GB Sterling per room with twin beds per night, 
including breakfast and taxes
Low 
Jan 3 - Apr 15
Oct 21 - Dec 21
High Season 
Apr 16 - Oct 20
Dec 22 - Jan 2
Hotel

ITT01 - Villa San Paolo, San Gimignano

Just to the north of the famous city of towers, set in a private park, surrounded by trees, but with views of the Tuscan Hills, a restored historic villa. Elegant, luxurious rooms with en-suite facilities. Large swimming pool, terrace, garden.
90.00 
(=$144US)
110.00 
(=$176US)
Hotel - tariffs in GB Sterling per room with twin beds per night, 
including breakfast and taxes
Low 
All Dates except those shown for High Season
High Season 
Easter
Jun 15 - Sep 15
Hotel

ITT03 - Relais Sanbiagio, Orbetello, Argentario

On the istmus, leading to the famous "presqu'ile" of Monte Argentario on the Tuscan coast and situated in the historic centre of Orbetello, a lovely old nobleman's palace with frescoed ceilings. Air conditioned bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, variously furnished with antiques and works of art, and equipped with phone, satellite TV, minibar and safe. Minimum stay high season 2 nights. Superior rooms and suites available for supplementary cost.
80.00 
(=$128US)
102.00 
(=$163US)
UMBRIA
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Hotel - tariffs in GB Sterling per room with twin beds per night, 
including breakfast and taxes 
Low
All other dates
High
Mar 25 - Jul 23
Aug 12 - 15
house

ITU02 - Hotel Fortuna, Perugia 

In the heart of Umbria's most famous medieval, hilltop city, a restored 14th century house: rooms with en-suite bathrooms, phone, radio, TV and minibar. Roof garden with wonderful views over the city. 3 days minimum stay during festival periods.
68.00
(=$109)
75.00
(=$120US)
Hotel - tariffs in GB Sterling per room with twin beds per night, 
including breakfast and taxes
Low 
Jan 8 - Mar 31
Oct 31 - Dec 20
Mid Season 
Apr 1 - Aug 9
Aug 19 - Oct 30
High Season 
Aug 10 - 18
house

ITU03 - Hotel Clitunno, Spoleto 

Within easy walking distance of all the major places of interest in this wonderful medieval city at the southern end of the Umbria valley, 300 metres from the Cathedral. Standard or antique (additional price) bedrooms, all with en-suite bathroom, phone, TV. Parking nearby.
44.00
(=$70US)
53.00
(=$85US)
62.00 
(=$99US)
Hotel - tariffs in GB Sterling per room with twin beds per night, 
including breakfast and taxes
Low 
Jan 8 - Mar 15
Nov 9 - Dec 22
High Season 
Mar 16 - Nov 8
Dec 23 - Jan 7
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ITU05 - Hotel Fontebella, Assisi 

Renaissance era palace, peaceful location in this holy city, views of the Umbria Valley. Air conditioned rooms with en-suite bathroom, satellite TV. Local Parking. Short walk to basilicas and other historic sites.
84.00 
(=$134US)
111.00 
(=$178US)
Thankyou for your interest - as we said before, if you would like more information on any of these lovely hotels or to check availability, either contact us on email at gu84@dial.pipex.com, or fill out the form below, or, if you prefer, fax us on +44(0)1953 456622
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