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Why are hotels so expensive end of September?

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St. Albans, United...
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Why are hotels so expensive end of September?

We are planning a trip starting in Bologna at the end of September - we have booked flights arriving in Bologna 27 September and planned to stay two nights before we moved on to Ferrara. It turns out that all the hotels are incredibly expensive for those two nights - three or four times as much as they'd be the week before or after, but I can't find out why this is. We thought of going straight to Ferrara but the situation seems similar there. Any explanations or suggestions welcome.

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1. Re: Why are hotels so expensive end of September?

From the 25th-29th of September there is a huge trade fair in Bologna, hence prices go up a lot. Not sure what is happening in Ferrara during that time frame. Perhaps consider Parma or Ravenna?

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2. Re: Why are hotels so expensive end of September?

It could be that if the trade fair is huge, people are also booking hotels in Ferrara which is only 20/25 minutes away by train and a nice town to stay in.

Edited: 8:35 am, April 14, 2012
Latina, Italy
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3. Re: Why are hotels so expensive end of September?

I may be mistaken here, but I think the area where such trade fairs are held is along the autostrada in the direction of Ferrara. So it would also make sense to stay in Ferrara.

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4. Re: Why are hotels so expensive end of September?

Thanks for this - we're considering Ravenna for those two nights and then returning to Bologna when it's apparently back to normal prices.

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5. Re: Why are hotels so expensive end of September?

Yes, Ravenna is a delight.

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