My husband and I are VRBO members (Vacation Rental By Owner), and so we are looking at VRBO in Italy. Has anyone out there used VRBO in Italy, and if so, what were your experiences? Do you feel it is a better or not to go this route of accommodations? Thank you! Liz
I've used VRBO throughout Europe and the States. The only apartment rental we had in Italy I found on Homeaway. We've had good experiences with all of them.
I had never used VRBO internationally until last year when I booked accommodations for Rome and Venice. Both places were wonderful with good owner interaction and things mostly worked out well. It was a hassle in Venice because circumstances made us late to meet the apartment host to acquire keys, and due to drowning my phone during the trip I had no way to easily call. Thankfully a neighbor happened along us and had a spare key. I'm going back this year and this time have booked through VRBO for Florence as well as Rome. Curiously, I'm using the same apartment in Rome yet am having trouble getting the owner to acknowledge that my down payment has been received (after 6 weeks). I'm actually calling her in about an hour to see what's up! I really liked having a larger space for my daughter and I to spread out in vs. a hotel room and the locations were in great neighborhoods that made us feel as if we were part of the local life. Having a kitchen and clothes washer was also a big plus.
Have used VRBO all over Italy and it's the only way to go!
Liz, We spent a month in Italy and France. Used VRBO and were very happy. In Rome we were about 3 blocks from the Colosseum and in Florence we looked out from dining room / living room at Duomo and Bell tower. Great locations for us - a group of four older women. In Nice we were on Promenade des Anglais - perfect. Very clean. Hospitable hosts. Everything worked...if some differently from others. We loved the space for adults to spread out. And one of them was our least expensive and most relaxing spot. On an earlier trip to London and Paris we also used VRBO. Both were wonderful little places - only two of us that time. Have fun,