|Subject: Re: Italy without reservations|
We go often to Italy in May. We have the advantage of driving so it is easy to change plans. Usually we do not have reservations but we take with us a list of hotels where we would like to stay. We call one or two days ahead and reserve. Most of the time it is easy to find a room, sometimes all hotels are full due to a conference or a holiday, in such a case we go to another town and come back later. This doesn't apply during Eastern or during a National holiday. All hotels in most towns are full during those dates.
When calling a hotel I do not know too much about it, I try not to give my credit card # as to give me a chance not to stay if I do not feel like it. Europeans are less demanding regarding credit cards often extending the reservation to a certain time. I make a point however to arrive in time or to call back if I change my mind so they can rent the room. I hope this helps.
Graziella in Miami Beach