I know it's a subjective question, but...
we'd like a fairly nice (certainly not "luxury" but not "plain") hotel in Rome and Venice. We do have RS books but I'd love YOUR personal recommendations. Anything under $200/night and close to everything.
Also, timing of reservation: We'll be there in early July. Should we make our hotel reservations now? Do we just secure it with a credit card number like in the US, or do they actually charge the room rate in advance?
Thanks for your help!