A holiday in Italy doesn’t have to cost the earth! Italy is a truly amazing holiday destination offering the best of high fashion, culture and culinary excellence associated with luxury travel. However, Italy does not have to be expensive and learning how you can save money and still enjoy the best that Italy has to offer is the key to finding your dream Italian holiday on a budget.
Using No-Frills Airlines or Driving your way to Italy
Using charter flight deals can be a great way to travel to Italy for a fraction of the normal cost and many low cost airlines offer dates and prices to suit your schedule and your pocket. The best way to find a low cost flight to Italy is to use a site such as Expedia, Opodo, Kayak and co. to check available routes from the top budget airlines flying from your nearest airport. Another great tip on travelling to Italy is to drive using your own car or a hired car. British travelers can incorporate the drive as part of the holiday as you drive through the Eurotunnel from the UK to France and then through wonderful and scenic Switzerland. Driving around Italy means that you never need to hail for a taxi. Just get yourself a good Satellite Navigation such as a Tom-Tom and navigate from your own front door to the Coliseum in Rome.
Alternative Types of Accommodation and Dining in Italy
It is not always necessary to book a hotel in Italy, where you may pay for services that you will never use or don’t even know about. There are many low cost villas and apartments available for rent in most parts of Italy. One of the best aspects of renting an apartment or villa in Italy is the complete freedom and privacy that it offers you and it will work out much cheaper for a family or a group travelling together as you normally pay for the whole apartment or villa rather than for each person. Dining is another area where you can save even more cash on your holiday in Italy by going self-catering which most rented villas and apartments offer. Shop in local markets for bargains and cook your own meals. A low cost fun tip for dining is to download some authentic Italian recipes and have special dinners where the whole family helps to prepare an Italian meal with ingredients sourced from local produce.
Low Cost or Free Attractions in Italy and Things to Avoid
There are some free beaches dotted around Naples such as Mondragon although the beaches in Amalfi, while beautiful, are overcrowded and not free. The Vatican Museums in Rome usually charge entry – but plan your trip to coincide with the last Sunday of each month and it is free to enter. You can also view the excavations under the Vatican for free as well as the Wednesday audience with the Pope. Plenty of websites have released low cost or even free audio guides of the Vatican which you can download before your trip and play on your smartphone or MP3 player – this can cut your costs further by not having to hire an audio guide or participate in an official guided tour.
Dressed up Gladiators look really cool outside of the Coliseum in Rome and may seem like a great character to take a picture but beware, they charge anything from around 5 euros just to take a quick pic with them. Use official tour operators rather than street touts because they typically add to the usual price charged by the real tour operators and/or escort you to other unofficial operators such as illegal taxis which can cause a whole host of additional complications.