My spouse and I want to take in Campania, Basilicata, Calabria and Puglia in December: It seems half of the accommodations recommended by Rough Guide are closed in the low season: Will it be difficult to find places to stay? How much can I expect to pay for an inexpensive place that is not a hostel? Thanks so much.
Some will be open, don't worry. I think you should budget an average of at least 70 euro a night for hotels, if you stick to budget hotels (1 or 2 stars). Cities tend to have more expensive accommodations, but without a car you are practically forced to stay in bigger towns.
Thanks, Roberto. Is it possible to take buses to smaller towns? I like the ideas of smaller towns for a number of reasons.
My family comes from Nicastro-Sambiase in Calabria and we've visited there many times. Generally, we stay in Nicastro at the Savant Hotel in the center of town. The property is nice and the staff is very friendly. Over the years we've noticed the area and all of Calabria has become more popular destination because of its proximity to the beach. More and more English tourists have purchased newly constructed condos and houses due to the strength of the British Pound against the Euro and it is only a four hour flight enabling an easy long weekend. At least that's what the English told me. Very little English is spoken here, so having a working ability to speak Italian will be of great value. Buon viaggio,
Thanks, RB, for the tip on the hotel. I actually would like to avoid areas the British have built up: That's one of the reasons I am not going to Spain or Tuscany as I've heard they've been taken over by the British. I am working on trying to learn Italian but of course there will be only so much I can learn between now and December. Well, if nothing else I suppose I can get one of those Brits to translate for me ... Thanks for the heads-up.