2 Big Ways to Save Money While Traveling in Italy
Everyone has a list of vacation destinations on their bucket list. However, many do not take those trips because of the perceived cost. Vacations are not cheap, but they do not have to break the bank, either. With proper planning, you can enjoy the country of your dreams without emptying your checking account.
Some of the major trip costs can be balanced by merely by traveling in the off-season. Travelers can also save by snagging a flight deal, staying at hostels or at an Airbnb or even searching for sales and deals through booking websites. The same can be said for transportation between cities. Securing train tickets online will not only guarantee your space on the train but also save money on the cost of the ticket. Once those basics are covered, it’s time to start planning the trip of a lifetime. The tips below will show you how to save money traveling in Italy.
The easiest and simplest way to avoid overspending in this category is to research which sights are free and when they are open. If you’re going to Rome and you want to visit the Vatican museums, they are free on the last Sunday of the month. In Venice, save money by visiting the Museum of Music, St. Mark’s Basilica and the Planetarium – all free. However, given the popularity of St. Mark’s Basilica, you may want to pay the small fee to skip the line. Florence has plenty of churches to visit that do not charge admission and several art museums are free on the first Sunday of the month. For additional savings, purchase tickets online in advance.
Consider Hop On/Hop Off Tours. The nature of these tours means the transportation is built in – instant savings. For about $35, tourists can book the Hop On/Hop Off tour in Rome at their own pace or select a package that includes skip-the-lines for the Colosseum or the Vatican Museums. The cost is even lower in Venice where travelers can tour by water for less than $25. A little pricier than Rome and Venice, Florence cruise tours run about $45 and include a skip-the-line ticket to the Leonardo da Vinci Museum (a regular ticket to this museum costs approximately $15 on its own).
Take advantage of outdoor sites. Italy is full of piazzas that are breathtaking and absolutely worth visiting. Visit the Piazza Navona in Rome or the Piazza San Marco in Venice. When visiting Florence, stop by La Cascine – a park that hosts Tuesday markets, or the Piazza Della Signoria, where you’ll find a copy of the Statue of David. Rome is also home to the Trevi Fountain, where you can toss in a coin to guarantee your return, and the Pantheon, the former Roman temple. Explore both at no cost.
Cut down on transportation costs by clustering your stops together. Use a map of the area to determine which sights are in the same area and explore on foot.
Food is a major expense on any trip, but there are ways to stay within budget in this category. Be careful when ordering water at restaurants. You may end up with a bottled water and a charge for it on your check. Additionally, some cafes charge a fee for sitting down.
Avoid eating at heavy tourist areas and instead, try to find street food where locals eat. Dinner prices tend to be more expensive, so make lunch your big meal and opt for lighter fare for dinner. Florence’s Nerbone, located in Mercato Centrale, is a popular and inexpensive choice for delicious food.
These basic tips on how to save money traveling in Italy show that experiencing Italy does not have to come with a high price tag. Saving money doesn’t have to take away from the enjoyment of the trip and will leave you much happier upon your return home.
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