The global economic crisis is still having a strong impact on our daily life. The demand for B&Bs and small lodgings is growing as travellers lean towards an informal, friendly and less expensive style of accommodation.
Bartering is still very common, owing much of its renewed popularity to Internet. The popularity of bartering websites has soared as consumers are looking to new methods of shopping to counter the effects of the credit crunch.
The Italian association Bed and Breakfast4 years ago started to organize an original initiative that makes your stay at Italian B&Bs more affordable: The Barter Week, this year from November 19 to the 25th. It involves hundreds of accommodations all over Italy and 91 B&Bs  in downtown Rome, while another 31 in the area around the Capital, in the beautiful the towns of Tivoli, Trevignano, Palestrina and many more, also joined the event.
During the November 19-25 week, you can barter goods and services for your stay. Such items as homemade marmalades or DVD collections can be suitable examples of barterable goods. Alternatively, the provision of gardening or plumbing services, or even of music lessons, can be just as much welcomed by a B&B owner.
Options and possibilities are indeed infinite. All one has to do is to confidently make his or her own bartering offer while making sure that this is serious, respectful and original.
And don’t forget that 34 B&Bs in Rome accept barter on a permanent basis, i.e. all year long (read story here), whereas another 11 do it in Rome’s province in places famous for their wine such as Olevano, their bread like Lariano, or the Etruscan tombs in Cerveteri.
Let’s see a few examples of barter in Rome. Zenzero & Cannella  is willing to host you in exchange of a cupboard, while Malaika  would like you to craft a wooden sculpture representing the moon and the sun for their homonym B&B room.
Rome’s Casa dei Colori  is willing to barter silver jewels, vintage cloths and accessories for a stay at their colourful place.
Alla Casetta di Roma  would love to improve their website’s rankings and have its content translated in foreign languages.
If you have a spare new iPhone, Acquedotto di Simone  near the Vatican could be an option for you.
And this is what they want to trade near Rome in exchange of their hospitality. Melograno in Ariccia  is looking for performers to entertain their family and friends with a show and for roosters, especially if they are rare breeds!
The Marino Country House  needs plumbers, electricians, photographers and gardeners.
While Ai Glicini  in Castel Gandolfo, the town where popes spend most of their summer time, accepts the contribution of a SEO optimizer or an antenna specialist.
In Cerveteri, they would like to sharpen their English language knowledge, any teacher interested in staying at Casale Maremma  for a few hours of lesson per day?