In Italy bed and breakfast is a rather new form of accommodation. If you ever had any doubts about what it really means, let's make it 100% clear here.
It's often written also bed&breakfast or B&B and it's becoming more and more common also in Italy and it's a type of "homely", family accommodation. The concept is that of a family with maybe an extra room in a big house, would use it to host people upon payment. It is a bit like a hotel, although you stay in somebody's home and the service is minimal, as the word says, just a bedroom to sleep and breakfast.
In Great Britain it's extremely common and you can see houses with the bed and breakfast sign nearly everywhere. For the family it is a way to earn from their own house, without having to do huge investments and get to know many different people (obviously, for those who like this).
For travellers it's a way to find an accommodation at a lower price than a hotel and get in touch with locals in a more personal way and get information on the place their are visiting. Tourists will be able to stay even in central areas of very expensive cities spending much less than in a hotel. Often you can find in Italy bed and breakfasts in very small or isolated locations where there are no hotels.
Also in Italy bed and breakfast is getting more and more widespread for the same reasons, because even an individual can easily start a micro accommodation business and earn some money getting to know tourists, whole carrying this activity on whenever he or she prefers, throughout the year or only during certain times (to say the truth, something similar already existed in Italy and you can still find this word somewhere: it was the affittacamere (which means someone who lets rooms), although often the affittacamere did this by trade and for long periods).
Like in other countries, in Italy bed and breakfast can be of different types and categories, ranging from the normal city apartment to a large countryside villa that can find a new life this way.
Those who offer their home to house strangers are people open to contact with others and therefore also visitors, the tourists, knowing what a bed and breakfast is, if they choose this type of accommodation should have the same spirit and willingness, not everybody likes it.
So, if you are looking for a cheaper accommodation in Italy bed and breakfast is an option.
How to find your Italy Bed & Breakfast Sometimes bed and breakfasts are listed in websites under B&B, guest houses, apartments or other and there is no one website that gathers all possible accommodations, so you'll have to do a bit of research.
You can use the two search forms below, also for hotels. In the first one you'll find the the best prices for the same accomodation, because the form is a comparison search engine that searches within bed and breakfast and other types of accommodation offered by over 30 booking websites.
So, in one place you have huge choice (900,000 accommodations all over the world) and you can compare prices that the same hotel has on different booking websites and book it where it's cheaper. You only need to type the check-in and check-out dates and the location where you want to stay and then, if the results are too many, you'll be able to select only bed & breakfasts.
You can also seas in the list of all available Italian municipalities.
This other form here finds you Italy bed and breakfasts and also hostels, campsites.