While hotels in Italy are the preferred form of accommodation used by most tourists, there are other options as well. You can find different types of apartments to rent in Rome and other cities, and self-catering rental accommodation can often be a better option, especially for families with children.
Bed and breakfasts and small family run motels are also found in cities as well as in smaller towns and villages. For budget travelers, the cheapest option is camping, and there are a good number of campsites spread around Italy.
Going out in Italian cities can be quite different from going out in other places in Europe. You'll find the bars full of all age groups; old and young, families and singles, and sometimes even minor children with their parents. Most of the restaurants have tables outside, so you can enjoy your evening meal while experiencing the wonderful Italian weather and colorful street life.
Most city centers are well-suited to walking and parts of the city centers are often pedestrianized. In Venice no motor vehicles are allowed at all and transportation is done by foot or boat. Large Italian cities generally have good public transportation.