There is so much history to see and experience in Italy, although many people will do that in between finding delectable foods and wines to enjoy. Traveling around this country can be pricey, especially with all the attractions, tours, and experiences if a person does not know what to look out for to save money.
Here are a few tips to travel cheap in Italy:
Spending days out in the country is a great way to save money, and visitors will see spectacular views of the Alps, lakes, grottoes, vineyards, and more as they are wandering around. Phenomenal works of art are waiting to be discovered at infamous museums and chapels, while the ruins of Pompeii beckon to everyone. The fashion-conscious travelers will love spending time going from one fashion mogul to the next, as they find the latest styles to purchase and take home. The food that can be eaten in Italy is absolutely delicious, and visitors can be seen trying it all during their time there.
It is not easy for anyone to stick to a budget while eating in Italy, because there is so much delicious food to try. However, travelers can plan carefully to fit it all within their budget and not miss one delectable bite!
Breakfasts usually do not include a ton of food in Italy, which is helpful to those who are trying to save money. This meal should be enjoyed standing up like the locals do if a person wants a lower price tag, as those who sit down will find that their meal will cost double or triple in price. A cup of coffee and a pastry is usually the normal fare at this time of the day at a cost of €3 or less.
The best lunches are picnics in the park, because everyone can grab a baguette from the local bakery and some fresh fruit, cheese, and wine from a local market. The cost of purchasing all this is much less than what would have been spent at a restaurant and it usually amounts to under €10.
Dinners are the most expensive in Italy, as they normally include three courses. These meals also seem to last forever, as everyone is ready to relax after a long day.
Of course, everyone can save quite a bit of money if they purchase their food from the local market and prepare it themselves.
There are many trains in Italy and they are all excellent options when it comes to getting from one place to another. An Eurail Italy Pass is the best option for many people, because they can hop onto any train and get to where they want to go for one low price. These passes also allow the ticketholders to receive discounts for buses, museums, and multiple activities.
A regional bus is an option if there is a place that a visitor wants to go that a train doesn’t travel to. The city buses are the cheapest option with tickets as low as €1.
Renting a vespa is another great way to see this country, although not everyone is going to want to ride along the busy streets in some of the major cities. The rental prices will vary according to where a person wants to rent this mode of transportation and it is no surprise that the rental fees are higher in the cities where the most tourists can be found.
Where to Stay
Booking.com is one of the best options for reserving hotel rooms within Italy, although Hotels.com is another option. Hotels in some areas of Italy can cost upwards of €150 per night, but that doesn’t mean that a traveler cannot find one for a lot less. A hostel can be cheaper though, with a dorm style room costing approximately €40 per night.
House and apartment rentals through Airbnb are also reasonable and perfect for those who are not traveling alone or want to cook almost all their meals.
- Eat like a local to save money and get an authentic Italian experience.
- The cobblestone streets can be treacherous in anything but sturdy and practical shoes.
- Book tickets online to avoid long waits and arrive at attractions early in the morning.
- Carry cash, as not everywhere credit cards are accepted. In fact, carry multiple types of payment options to be prepared for anything and everything.
Do’s and Don’ts
- Do travel away from the tourist areas for the most authentic Italian experience and to save a lot of money.
- Do dress appropriately, especially if visiting any of the churches. A scarf, shawl, or cardigan thrown into a bag can cover shoulders and upper arms, while a wrap around skirt can cover a person’s legs. Men should also dress appropriately and make sure that their arms and legs are covered.
- Do wander through local street markets to learn about local foods, while purchasing it all for less than the cost of a meal in a restaurant.
- Do use silverware to eat, as eating with hands is considered rude.
- Do keep wallets in a safe place and only carry what is needed for the day.
- Take a gift for the host if invited anywhere. Chocolate or flowers are usually the best options. However, stay away from the colors of black and gold, because those are reserved for funerals.
- An additional tip on top of what was included in a restaurant bill is acceptable for excellent service.
- Don’t rush through everything – Italy is a destination that should be savored and enjoyed, not rushed through as a person tries to check as many attractions as possible off their bucket list.
- If driving, don’t turn right on red, as it is illegal.
- Don’t show up early to meet someone, as Italians are always running between 15 and 45 minutes late.
- Don’t give anyone an uneven number of flowers and never give anyone white chrysanthemums.
- Don’t stay quiet when full after enjoying a meal. Insisting that is acceptable and will prevent more food from being piled onto the plate. Setting the fork and knife on the right side of the plate will also indicate when a person is finished eating.