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Gone are the days when Italy was an idyllic, cheap destination for good food, but there are still some inexpensive ways to add more fun. Who doesn't want to spend less and get more? Well, all of us! With some flexibility and research, saving is possible in Italy.
We are here with some tips to save on everything from planning a suitable time of your trip to the daily expenses during your stay.
1. Plan an off-season trip to Italy
A trip to Italy is incomplete without seeing incredible monuments like the Colosseum, Vatican and Michaelangelo's David and eating and drinking the heart content of Italy. The perfect time to make it all happen is to go when the weather is good and tourists are few. So, plan your trip Italy in the months between October and March.
2. Get Travel Insurance
One of the most important costs of travelling is the travel insurance as it takes care of your hospital bills in case of any mishappenings, and covers the expensive electronics you carry during your trip.
3. Buy a local sim in Italy
The most common mistake people make during their trip is spending fortunes in international roaming charges. So, as soon as you reach Italy, buy a pre-paid sim and use it freely.
4. Rent an Apartment
If you are planning to stay in the historic cities of Italy, it will be more expensive. However, if you rent an apartment, you can surely get rooms for half the prices.
5. Use bikes, cars or water rides to travel in Italy
Italy is surrounded by water and water rides with Gondolas (expensive) or Waterbus (inexpensive) is surely more exciting for couples as well as the solo travellers. The beautiful country deserves a closer view and that is why many tourists book a bike or a car on rent.
6. Eat & Drink like locals
Some bars and cafes serve lunches or pasta and salads for Rs 450/- to RS 550/- or less. Also, drinking and eating like a local is less expensive and exciting.
7. Sightseeing in Italy
More and more cities are offering offers on their entry fees on special days. So, take out some time to explore the museums that have no entry charges and get into the world of ancient Italy!
8. Sitting is costly
Yes, if you are planning to sit for a cup of coffee at the coffee shop or a glass of wine at the restaurant, you will have to be pay twice! So, when you are in a restaurant make sure you ask them about the charges.
9. Shopping in Italy
Be realistic about what you can and what you can not have in your country and shop accordingly. There is no use of making a hole in your pocket even after knowing the currency difference.
10. Visit Local Farmer's Markets
Farmer's market is the best way to find fresh and cheap food. The market has fresh cheese, meat, wines, and even souvenirs and trinkets.