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Barter for a Free B&B Stay in Italy

Here's a chance to stay in any of a multitude of B&Bs in Italy without spending a penny—though you do have to pay.

From November 14 to 20, the country's Barter Week—or, if you prefer, La Settimana del Baratto—lets visitors exchange various goods and services for accommodations at thousands of participating inns. 

You can either enter what you have to offer on the event's website, or browse the wish lists of B&Bs and contact one of them to negotiate terms.

Launched in 2009, Barter Week has more than 2,000 participating inns this year. Wish-list items range from housekeeping, gardening, and website maintenance to more unusual requests such as live musical performances and local produce from your home region. 

Some of the oddest barters already negotiated this year include stays exchanged for falconry lessons and a mosaic representing the helmet of Achilles.