From 18 to 24 November, Barter Week
takes place at thousands of participating B&Bs and guesthouses
across Italy, including 83 in Rome. Organised by the booking website bed-and-breakfast.it
– and inspired by the economic crisis and tourist industry slowdown –
the concept is simple. Instead of paying for a stay with cash or credit,
guests can trade a good or service.
For visitors arriving outside of Barter Week, 35 B&Bs in Rome also accept non-cash offers year-round. Owners at B&B La Scalinatella in Rome’s hip Monti neighbourhood say that since their balcony plants died in the summer heat, they will offer a gardener or florist bearing plants free hospitality for three days (normally, double rooms start at 80 euros per night); while the owners of Casa dei Colori, near Rome’s central Termini train station, would like roller skates,
bags from the Cambridge Satchel Company, rain gear, organic olive oil
or a Lomo camera (if you have none of these, a double starts at 90 euros
To take part, travellers either can contact the
B&B of their choice directly, or enter their trade proposal and
chosen region through the Barter Week website; interested establishments will get in touch.