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    Hi all,

    I'm planning my trip from Brussels to Rome (via France, Switzerland and Italy), which I will do in the month of June of this year. I'm travelling light, because I stay in small hotels along the route.

    For France I will stay in so called "Logis de France" which are small hotels (2 to 3 stars) giving a decent quality for the price paid. In the whole of France such nice hotels are registered and it's easy to book them in advance. See at http://www.logis-de-france.fr/uk/index.htm

    For Italy I'm searching for the same kind of accomodation, but untill now I don't have a clue how to find them.

    Does anyone can give tips for a good accomodation at a reasonable price in Italy, and which can be found throughout the country?

    Thanks in advance
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    there is nothing like logis de france in Italy, therefore you have to google for region or town or village and the word hotel. We allways found accomodation.
    Which way do you want to travel in the Alps? I can give you some tips for accomodations there,
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    hi marmotte,

    thanks for your reply.
    Via another cycling-forum I just learned that there ARE Logis de France in Italy; check this site: www.logis.it
    For the moment only around 100 hotels are registered, but it's a beginning...

    I think to travel the major part of my route via on old pelgrim's route called "Via Francigena". I will pick it up in Laon (France) and then follow it the whole way to Rome. The route over the alps is via the Grand Saint Bernard pass (2500 m), not the tunnel of course but a small road that is going on top of the pass.

    Do you have experience with this pass? Or maybe you have other routes in mind when going over the alps (coming from France and going to Italy) ?

    Any suggestion is very appreciated!

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    Hi Quickfit,
    booking in advance in Italy sometimes ends with "sorry, in advance only if you stay for more than one night", but there will allways be a solution; if it's not too late in the evening and if there is no free place you can continue some more kilometers (5 - 10) for the next village, they will help you and phone for you to get the accomodation.
    I think it's Lyon (not Laon)?
    I don't know the "Via Francigena" and I don't know whether you are really fixed to it and whether you like to climb more passes:

    - The Grand St Bernard pass is not my favorite one because it's too crowded and there is a long snow gallery with lots of cars passing near by, but there is a little nice hotel in the first village after the pass (Bourg-St-Rhemy, still above the tunnel). In earlier times there were only a few houses on either side of the road for the dealers and their luggage animals. Now the road passes by and the village is very calm. You can google for it with the keywords "suisse", "bourg" and "rhemy". The name is Hotel Suisse, the adress is Via Roma 21, Tel: (0039) 0165780906. In Aosta there are surely more hotels...

    - my favorite passes are the Iseran, Galibier, Izoard, Cayolle, Agnel and the tripple pass Esischie/Morti/Valclavera and if I would be lucky anough to travel that region (from France to Italy) I would prefer the Agnel (Agnello).

    You can look at my homepage for pictures, maps, profiles, accomodations and road-descriptions.

    Bilder: the list in the left frame refers to picture collections of the respective mountain roads

    Unterkunft: the list in the left frame refers to overnight accomodations in these areas

    Inhalt/mail: using the reference (an mich) in the right frame you can send an eMail to my address

    Karten: using the map-collection in the left frame more detailed maps can be loaded in the right frame

    Wegbeschreibung/Profil: the list in the left frame refers to single cycling routes. In the right frame route descriptions and a mountain profile are presented. If you like to get such a description or further information in English don't hesitate to ask for it

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    Hi Quickfit,
    booking in advance in Italy sometimes ends with "sorry, in advance only if you stay for more than one night", but there will allways be a solution; if it's not too late in the evening and if there is no free place you can continue some more kilometers (5 - 10) for the next village, they will help you and phone for you
    to get the accomodation.
    Ok, nice to know. Normally I book my hotel only one night in advance, and this during the trip itself. Last year in France I had no problem with that (it was even in high season!), but as I am travelling solo I don't need much room of course

    I think it's Lyon (not Laon)?
    No, it is LAON, in the north of France, about a good 100km of the Belgium border.

    I don't know the "Via Francigena" and I don't know whether you are really fixed to it and whether you like to climb more passes:
    Well the Via Francigena is for the moment my guideline to travel, but I'm still open for other suggestions...

    - The Grand St Bernard pass is not my favorite one because it's too crowded and there is a long snow gallery with lots of cars passing near by, but there is a little nice hotel in the first village after the pass (Bourg-St-Rhemy, still above the tunnel). In earlier times there were only a few houses on either side of the road for the dealers and their luggage animals. Now the road passes by and the village is very calm. You can google for it with the keywords "suisse", "bourg" and "rhemy". The name is Hotel Suisse, the adress is Via Roma 21, Tel: (0039) 0165780906. In Aosta there are surely more hotels...
    Ok, very good to know. Normally I will pass Bourg-St-Rhemy, so this is a very suitable suggestions. But as you say the pass itself is quite crowded... I should consider an alternative.

    - my favorite passes are the Iseran, Galibier, Izoard, Cayolle, Agnel and the tripple pass Esischie/Morti/Valclavera and if I would be lucky anough to travel that region (from France to Italy) I would prefer the Agnel (Agnello).
    I will check out the Agnello pass, thanks.

    You can look at my homepage for pictures, maps, profiles, accomodations and road-descriptions.
    Bilder: the list in the left frame refers to picture collections of the respective mountain roads
    Unterkunft: the list in the left frame refers to overnight accomodations in these areas
    Inhalt/mail: using the reference (an mich) in the right frame you can send an eMail to my address
    Karten: using the map-collection in the left frame more detailed maps can be loaded in the right frame
    Wegbeschreibung/Profil: the list in the left frame refers to single cycling routes. In the right frame route descriptions and a mountain profile are presented. If you like to get such a description or further information in English don't hesitate to ask for it.
    Thanks, I will do! Luckily I understand also some German (I'm Dutch speaking), so that makes it easier!

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