We wanted to update Tour Italy Now readers with the latest on the so-called bed tax that goes into effect in Florence on July 1. The tax is pegged to a hotel’s star rating, one euro per star. The math is simple enough. Two nights in a four-star hotel in Florence will include a tax of eight euro per person. (2 nights X 4 starts X 2 people = 16 euros! And we must point out that it’s more a guest tax than a bed tax!) But pray tell just how will the bed tax in Florence work? Confusion abounds on that point! As Tour Italy Now understands it, the tax will be collected either at check-in or check-out in cash. Yes, cash. We also understand that the tax will be levied on travelers who paid in advance for their hotels, but that point is not perfectly clear.
Bottom line: Be flexible! And have enough cash to cover the bed tax!
Venice “Bed” Tax Update: We reported in this post last week that a comparable tax was to go into effect in Venice as well, but earlier this week the Venice bed tax got pushed back until last August after Venetian hoteliers protested its enactment.
As usual, we will update our dear Tour Italy Now readers as needed!
Yours in covering Italy,