One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small hotel or boarding house in Italy.
- ‘My first night in Florence, I was walking home late from dinner to my pensione in the mostly residential Santa Croce (central west) side of town.’
- ‘In our pensione, I crawled into bed, wrapping the thin sheets around me.’
- ‘The pensione I'd booked into was pleasant and central but I wanted the sea within a few yards again, so I could fling myself into it on waking.’
- ‘We stayed in a pensione in Via del Babuino, just around the corner from the piazza, run by an ancient couple who tried to make breakfast as English as possible - not realising that that was what we were escaping from.’
- ‘In the Cinque Terre, seasoned travellers know to wait for the next train before they say yes to accommodation; some hotels and pensioni are uncomfortably close to the tracks.’
- ‘Our pensione in Sol, in the heart of Madrid, was beautiful; clean, fresh, soft beds, locks on the door - luxury to us.’
- ‘They had booked us into their (slightly more up-market) pensione instead of their severely basic backpackers hostel.’
- ‘In a pensione near Florence, stonecutters were working on the stairs outside my room.’
- ‘Expect to pay around 12 to 20 euros for a youth hostel, 25 to 45 euros for a basic pensione or small hotel, and around 70 to 120 euros for a mid-range hotel.’
- ‘Most towns have hotels and small, family-run pensioni, as well as tourist offices that provide detailed information about local room rates and availability.’
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