having fixed charges: room 3-10 fr. for each person, light 75 c. to
l!/2 fr., attendance (exclusive of the 'facchino' and portier) 1 fr.,
luncheon (colazione, déjeuner) 3-6 fr., dinner (pranzo, díner) 5-8 fr.
The charge for dinner does not include wine, which is usually dear and
often poor. For a prolonged stay an agreement may generally be made
with the landlord for pensión at a more modérate rate. Visitors are
expected to diñe at the table-d'hóte; otherwise the charge for rooms
is apt to be raised. The charges for meáis furnished in prívate rooms
or at unusual times are much higher. Other 'extras' are also dear.
The cuisine is a mixture of French and Italian. During the season
and at the more frequented resorts it is advisable to engage rooms
in advance, especially if arriving in the evening. It is advisable to
prepay the answer, to prevent disappointment on arrival. Gentlemen
travelling alone may leave their luggage at the station until rooms
have been secured. The charge for the use of the hotel-omnibus
from the station to the hotel is so high (1-2 fr. each), that it is
often cheaper to take a cab. Itis also easier for those who use a cab to
proceed to another hotel, should they not like the rooms off ered them.
The Second Class Hotels (Alberghi; in the S. districts, also Lo-
cande) are less comfortable and thoroughly Italian in their arrange-
ments. The charges are little more than one-half of the above: room
1-5, attendance 1/21 ómnibus i/2-l fr. They have no table-d'hóte, but
there is generally a trattoria connected with the house, where refresh-
ments á la carie, or a dinner a prezzo fisso, may be procured. Fair
native wines, usually on draught, are furnished in these houses at
modérate prices. Morning coffee is usually taken at a café and not
at the inn. It is customary to make enquiñes beforehand as to the
charges for rooms, not forgetting the servizio e candela; and the
price of the dinner (if not á la carie) should also be agreed upon
(2-4 fr., with wine 2i/2-4i/2 fr.). These inns will often be found
convenient and economical by the voyageur en garcon, and the better
houses of this class may even be visited by ladies, when at home in
Italian ¡ the new-comer should freqnent hotels of the first class only.
Hotels Garnis are to be found in most of the larger towns,
with charges for rooms similar to those in the second-class hotels.
As matches are rarely found in hotels, the guest should provide himself
with a supply of the wax-matches (cerini) sold in the streets (1-2 boxes
10-15 c). Soap is also a high-priced 'extra'.
Money or objects of valué should either be carried on the traveller's
person or left with the landlord in exchange for a receipt.
The Pensions of the larger towns and resorts also receive passing
travellers. The charge is about the same as that of the second-class
inns and usually includes table-wine. As, however, the price of
déjeuner is usually (though not universally) included in the fixed
daily charge, the traveller has either to sacriflce some of thebest hours
for visiting the galleries or to pay for a meal he does not consume.
Fot a prolonged stay in one place families will flnd it much
cheaper to hire Prívate Apartments and do theiT own housekeen-