Italy offering tourists 'bad weather' discounts

italy hotels and resorts offering bad weather holiday discounts

Hotels and holiday resorts in northern Italy are offering tourists discounts after a summer of storms and floods put many off visiting.

Travellers can enjoy up to 50 per cent off hotels across Lignano Sabbiadoro in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region this September, the Daily Telegraph reports.

Luigi Sutto, manager of the Athena hotel told Italian newspaper La Stampa: "We are trying to make up for an unlucky season. In the absence of any alternative to offer people who arrive and find water, we are focusing on a delicate argument: the wallet."

According to the Daily Mail, another resort in Jesolo, Veneto is offering 'rain insurance'.

Michele Bergamo, of Oro Beach and Green Beach, said: "Those who pay online can no longer complain. They just need to pay one more euro and they are insured against the bad weather."

The northern regions of Italy have been hit by heavy rain, tornadoes and hailstorms throughout July and August.

While many hoteliers believe the discounts could help attract more tourists in September, Mattia Detoni, owner of Olivo Arco Hotel on Lake Garda said: "The problem is not so much the price, I can even charge 20 euro a night. But for what? To stay closed in their rooms?"

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Italy offering tourists 'bad weather' discounts

September is dry season in most of Brazil, making it prime time for wildlife spotting as well as relaxing on the beach. It's also the cheapest and least crowded time to visit the country. Try this: This September, relax on a Bahia beach break. Bespoke Brazil offers a 10-day Brazil holiday (from £3,490 per person), perfect for those looking for a mix of city and beach luxury in the wonderful state of Bahia. You will arrive in Salvador and get a tour of the city before being transferred to Porto Seguro in the south of Bahia. Here, you will be free to enjoy the super chic beach town of Trancoso.

Lobster season in West Sweden starts on 21 September. Set out to sea on a lobster safari to haul up pots of black gold with the help of local expert fishermen. Head back to shore to learn how to cook the delicacies, then tuck into a lobster feast. The scenery is sublime: the incredibly unspoilt and naturally beautiful Bohuslän region of Sweden’s west coast is lined with smooth, sculptural granite rocks, quaint fishing villages and an archipelago of 8,000 islands. Try this: offers a Lobster safari package for 2665 SEK (£208) per person. The package includes a three hour lobster safari (including use of equipment, coffee and refreshments), five-course lobster supper and accommodation at the Grand Hotel Marstrand.

Catch the end of Bali's dry season in September, when the average temperature is 27C (the wet season starts in October). September means fewer crowds and the prices are a lower than the peak summer months. Try thisi-escape offers a stay in a one-bedroom pavilion at The Bale from £253 per room per night based on two sharing on a B&B basis. i-escape guests receive a 30-minute welcome massage plus a two-course set lunch for two (minimum stay three nights). The Bale is a modernist gem with 26 individual pavilions set on a hillside in the upmarket enclave of Nusa Dua (flights not included).

Catch the Great Migration in Kenya, when more than 1.5 million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle make the 1,800 mile journey from the Kenyan Maasai Mara to the Serengeti. Africa’s Great Migration is undoubtedly one of the wildlife 'wonders of the world' and a must-see if you're looking for an epic wildlife holiday this autumn. Explore offers a 13-day East African Explorer trip (from £2,395 per person including return flights). You will travel through Kenya's beautiful Rift Valley discovering Lake Naivasha, Crescent Island Nature Reserve and the shores of Lake Victoria and explore the vast gamelands of the Masai Mara. You will also cross into Tanzania and discover the wildlife-rich Ngorongoro Crater and meet Masai warriors and Hadzabi bushmen.

With 160km of coastline, the Isle of Man (part of the British Isles, not the UK) is breathtaking at any time of year, but with the colours of autumn the island comes to life in a way that the summer hides. In September, it is still warm enough to enjoy walks and bike rides. Try this: Stay at The Claremont Hotel from £135 per night, including breakfast, set along the main promenade in Douglas and just a stone’s throw from the beach. The restaurant sources local Manx produce and serves up traditional Manx cuisine.

Marrakech starts to cool down in September, so it's the perfect time to shop and explore the souks and do some trekking in the Atlas Mountains. Try this: Tourdust offers a seven-day holiday split between the Atlas Mountains and Marrakech with a three-day guided trek and boutique accommodation from £472 per person including a stay in a riad (flights not included). Or this: If you're looking for the perfect escape from the bustling centre without being too far from the Old Medina, Les Cinq Djellabas is a collection of eco-lodges nestled in the lush Palmeraie, an oasis with meticulously manicured gardens and Marrakech's most exclusive hotels.

This Italian island is a marvellous spot for late-summer sun. September in Sicily is great for foodies too, with festivals of ice cream, couscous and sausage taking place.Try this: If you’re looking for a place to stay with incredible views, SoloSicily has two lovely apartments, Lilla (€1,625 per week in late September/sleeps 2) and Viola (€1,875 per week in late September/sleeps 3), which overlook the tiny island of Isola Bella in the exclusive coastal resort of Taormina.

Experience the outback, tall forests and clifftops carpeted in wildflowers during Australia's spring in September. Temperatures are warm and it's the middle of whale watching season. The South West of Australia is one of the world's great botanical hotspots and in September you can see over 12,000 species of wildflowers spring into bloom. On the coast, over 30,000 Humpback whales can be seen close to the beaches until the end of November as they return from calving in the warm Kimberley waters. Try this: Trailfinders offers a 16-day Kimberley, Kakadu & Arnhem Land Explorer holiday from £5,995 per person including most meals, accommodation, guided tours and transfers (flights not included). Etihad Airways offers flights to Perth from London, Manchester and Edinburgh via Abu Dhabi from £607 return.

Florida is an excellent destination for a family holiday - but if you want a child-free getaway, September is the ideal month to visit. With the kids back at school, there are shorter queues at Orlando's best theme parks. Adults can sample the world's best wines and savour the treasures of celebrated chefs at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival from 25 September. This month brings lower prices and great deals throughout Florida too. Head for the Florida Keys for a late-summer beach fix when temperatures are around 30C. Don't miss: In northwest Florida, Panama City Beach hosts its Lobster Festival & Tournament, with live music on the beach and the amazing Schooners Sand Sculpting Contest.

Tuscany in September is a bit like Tuscany in August but without the crowds and scorching sun. Whether you're visiting the cities of Florence and Siena, the beaches of Maremma and Versilia or the countryside of Orcia and Chianti, this is the perfect month to visit. Try this: Il Salviatino is a gorgeous Florentine villa set among the sloping hills of Fiesole and just moments from Florence for a rural escape. Classic Rooms for two people cost from £285 per night in September. Or this: See the region by bike with G Adventures (from £899 for seven days), taking in the hills, villages, flavourful wines and local food.

September is the perfect month to explore the Namibian landscape; it's not too hot, but the chill in the mornings has lessened. It is dry and the skies are clear, with game viewing at a peak. Explore the famous sand dunes of Sossusvlei, Sesriem Canyon and Dead Pan on the edge of Namib Naukluft Park, enjoy a dolphin cruise off the Namibian Coastline from Walvis Bay and browse ancient rock engravings and bushman paintings in the heart of Damaraland. Full Circle Travel offers a two to three-week self-drive tour which highlights some of what Namibia has to offer from £2,600 per person, including flights, accommodation, car hire and some meals.
September sees the start of Istria's truffle season which extends over a seven-week period filled with local festivals and truffle-laden menus in restaurants. Activities and events focus around the Motovun forest where the fabulous white truffle is harvested - an event that is not to be missed. Croatian Villa Holidays has a selection of self-catering properties in central Istria, including Casa Celestina, a pretty cottage overlooking the surrounding hilltop towns and villages. A week in September starts at £750 (sleeps two).

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