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When looking for accommodations in Venice one is presented with literally hundreds of options and it can be an overwhelming process to find a place that meets your needs and budget. After an extensive search that involved reading literally dozens of reviews we stumbled upon the most wonderful little bed and breakfast located in the most convenient of locations.

We stayed at B&B You and Me for four nights in September, 2012. If you are looking for a room that is clean, comfortable, meticulously decorated in the Venetian style, and convenient to all of the major sites in Venice then look no further. Bed and Breakfast You and Me is one of those hidden gems that when you find it you feel like you just hit the jackpot. Not only was this B&B everything we hoped for and beyond, but it didn’t break the bank. With rates that vary from 60 to 140 euro, depending on the season, this B&B is just a superb valve in otherwise expensive Venice.

B&B You and Me is owned by Stefania Spagnol and her B&B was formerly her home. Now completely renovated to accommodate guests, the B&B has three beautiful rooms called Tosca, Mimi, and Carmen. The names are in honor of three very well known heroines of the famous La Fenice opera house in Venice. Each room has a private en-suite bathroom, air conditioning, internet access, a safe, and satellite TV.

B&B You And Me also has a common room that is used to serve breakfast and there is a small kitchen that can be used by guests. Breakfast consists of a variety of cereals, pastries, yogurt, breads, fruit and cookies. A variety of beverages are available including juices, bottled water, tea and coffee.

The kitchen has a small stove that can be used if you so desire and a refrigerator that is constantly stocked. Stefania goes out of her way to let you know that you are welcome to stop by the B&B for snacks, drinks, and anything that is there throughout the day. This is a wonderful feature of this B&B and you will be surprised how much this saves you just in water alone while walking Venice.

Should you have a need to do laundry during your stay in Venice, B&B You and Me also has a laundry room, another great benefit to this wonderful B&B.


written by : Bill De Giulio

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Should you find yourself planning a trip to Sicily and wish to visit the southeastern corner of the island then I have the place for you. Nestled onto five acres of farmland on a hill just a few miles outside of the ancient Baroque town of Modica is the B&B Quartarella. Surrounded by farmland and perfectly constructed stone walls, this picture perfect Villa is your ticket to true Sicilian life.

Let me preface this review by saying that Quartarella will not be for everyone. If you are looking for a fancy resort then look elsewhere. And while it can be difficult to locate even with a GPS, this is certainly no reason to stay away. Once you drive down that long, narrow, stone lined road and enter the courtyard you will immediately begin to feel the magic that is Quartarella.

So what exactly is Quartarella? It is officially a Bed and Breakfast that could easily be confused for an Agriturismo. It is also referred to as a Masseria, which is an old Sicilian farmhouse. The property was at one time a working farm and it dates back to pre-World War II. In fact, during the German occupation of Sicily the farmhouse was used as the headquarters for the local German command. Of course all of this changed on the night of July 9th, 1943 when US, British and Canadian forces launched the invasion of Sicily.

Damaged and left in ruin after WWII, the history of Quartarella over the next fifty years is but a mystery to me. What I do know is that sometime in the late 1990’s a young Italian man by the name of Francesco Monisteri was persuaded by his father to purchase the property. The decision certainly changed the course of his life. It has also changed the lives of the countless visitors who have stumbled upon this slice of heaven.

So back to what exactly is Quartarella? It is not your ordinary run of the mill B&B. The old farmhouse, or what was left of it after WWII has been transformed into five suites that are as comfortable and inviting as their host. Each suite contains a loft that can accommodate two extra guests for those of you traveling with children. The rooms are easily the largest that we have come across in our travels across Italy.

written by Bill De Giulio

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