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I'm traveling to Mantova, Italy this weekend to attend the literature festival and I cannot find any accommodation. Inexpensive accommodation is fully booked and/or too far from the city center. I have also tried Airbnb and CouchSurfing with no luck.

I am currently considering spending the night roaming around, but it would be nice if there was some place that stays open all night (like a bookstore, diner, etc) (manga kissa in Mantova anyone? :-)) where I can spend some time recharging the laptop, rest the legs, sip some coffee. The place should be in downtown Mantova. I'd rather avoid pubs or disco, but I would consider them as a last resort.

Anyone know of such a place?

  • Verona can be a solution? last train from Mantova to Verona is at 20.28 and there are several accommodations near Verona Porta Nuova station. – Guido Preite Sep 4 '14 at 6:44
  • @GuidoPreite ehm, not really, I'd like to stay somewhere downtown Mantova, as I wrote, because festival events end up late and I'll probably like to hang out with people after that. Thank you anyway! – Geeo Sep 4 '14 at 6:51
  • Check out this website for finding homestays. I did a quick search and there seems to be places available, but I don't know how far away they are from where you want to stay. I used this website to find cheap accommodation when I went to Tokyo recently and can highly recommend it. – emmalgale Sep 5 '14 at 10:12
  • @Geeo did you find anything? Possibly answer-worthy? – Mark Mayo Oct 18 '14 at 23:59
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    @MarkMayo totally forgot about this, thanks. Answer provided. – Geeo Oct 19 '14 at 9:58
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The cheapest solution I've been able to find was the Festival official camping ground (Italian only, sorry) which is a nice camping not so far from downtown Mantova. It's actually a 15 mins walking from almost every place in Mantova with an event associated to the festival.

The camping is provided with plenty of space to plant your tent, a common area where you can have your meals and recharge your phone/laptop/whatever batteries and toilets and showers with hot water.
The cost for one night is 5€, 15€ if you plan to stay all the 5 days the festival last. Parking the car is free of charge.

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