Monastery stays in Italy with bed bugs!
My mother and I were thrilled to have the opportunity to stay in monasteries for different reasons. One of them was quiet surroundings with a clean room. Well, we slept in 5 different monasteries and 2 of them had bed bugs!
The sad thing about this, is that the sisters did not want to know about our experience. They denied that the bites all over our body, multiple linear bites on back, arms and faces were bed bugs. After our arrival at home, we googled bed bites and our stressful thoughts were confirmed. Even more troubling, is that we did send emails to both monasteries. They either said the bites were mosquitoes, (not true) or they didn't answer our emails at all.
So, If I were you, I would double check the beds and linens before paying. Bed bugs are not always easily spotted, but be aware. After we searched the internet, we even discovered that the Monastery in Florence was infested. There was a funny smell in the hallway to our bedroom that neither my mother nor I had ever smelled. This was the sign of a bed bug infestation.
Sadly, bed bugs are easily transportable. We have thrown away mutliple clothes, amenities etc... but my mother brought back bed bugs into her own house. Can you imagine our despair? We advised the company we booked our monastery stays but they said they never received any complaints.
We did advise the 2 monasteries, and they ignored our claims. On top of this, we should have been more careful when we checked in Florence. Our room was full of dust, the shower not very cleaned. Same thing happened in Venise. Bed bugs travel very easily, be aware!