During ‘Barter Week,’ Italian B&Bs accept swaps as payments

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Whether hotels are upscale, no-frills or even pay-what-you-want, currency is generally the way room rates are paid. Not so at thousands of Italian bed and breakfast establishments next week, however, when guests will be encouraged to use barter instead. Marking the second annual Settimana del Baratto, or Barter Week, run by the Italian Bed and Breakfast Association, Nov. 15 through 21 will give cash-strapped consumers a chance to enjoy time away from home without breaking the bank. Last year's event was apparently a wildly successful one — some 12,000 fans registered to participate on Facebook, the group says. In fact,…

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