Budget Travel Ideas in Italy

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When traveling in Italy, it is very easy to run over budget! To avoid any financial dire straits, here is some good advice when visiting 2 of the most popular cities in Italy-- Venice and Florence. Then, we offer you some advice about how to save money on accommodations.

Avoiding Tourist Traps in Venice

Water taxis are the most expensive means of transportation in Venice. Walking around Venice can be a bit confusing because of the city's unique structure and hundreds of bridges, however it can save a lot of money. If you really want to avoid the crowds and need to take water transportation, opt for the water bus ("vaporetto" in Italian). The #1 and #82 are faster water buses with fewer stops.

Resist the temptation to eat, or have a drink, in less authentic establishments referred to as "tourists traps." Watch to see where the locals go for drinks and dinner.  It can reduce daily expenses.

Eating on a budget in Venice is very possible. Try the Da Roberto Pizzeria, right behind the Hotel Danieli on Campo San Provolo. This pizzeria is very easy to spot because of its blue awnings. It is open non-stop from 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. If you would like to include some wine with your meal, try the Vino Vino wine bar (Ponte della Veste, 2007/A) for a light meal and snacks. Vino Vino has a great selection of top quality Italian and imported wines by the the glass. Take out service is also available and it is open daily until midnight and 1:00 a.m. on Saturdays.

The Smart Way to Eat and Sight-see in Florence

When visiting Florence on a budget, stretch your dollars by heading to Ruth's Kosher on the Via Farini 2A, near the Synagogue within the Jewish Museum. Visiting the Jewish Museum, the Synagogue and eating at Ruth's Kosher is a great way to spend a whole morning in Florence (at a reasonable price!)

When visiting the several art galleries in Florence, make sure to find out about the "combined ticket" option. Each art gallery charges an individual fee for admission but if you're planning to visit several of them (e.g. Modern Art Gallery, Costume Gallery, etc), it is a great idea to get a "combined ticket" which is offered at a reduced price over single admission tickets.  It is very important to remember that last admission time to most museums is 1 hour before closing.

Save Money on Accommodations

Staying in hostels can save a budget. Rates for hostels can run between $8 and $25 per night but keep in mind that most hostels in Italy might allow you only a maximum stay of 3 days due to high demand. Reservations during peak seasons (June through September) are highly recommended. Information and reservation offices at the train station in both cities can also assist in finding reasonably priced accommodations. They have a list of accommodations and will try to match your budget with their listed properties.

October 20, 2009 change by damiandavilarojas

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