Cheap First trip to Italy?

Old Apr 11th, 2003, 10:21 AM
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Cheap First trip to Italy?

Hello fellow travelers,
I am looking for suggestions of what think it would cost to go to Italy in July? I know it is the highest rates, but is there any lower cost "off the beat path" spots you would recommend to an Italian novice.

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Rick
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Old Apr 11th, 2003, 10:28 AM
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See this thread for many ideas on how to keep things cheap in Italy:

http://fodors.com/forums/pgMessages.jsp?fid=2&tid=34410777

The ideas on the Frommers link contained on this thread may be partiularly helpful, since you're just starting to plan.

For more threads like this, type "budget AND italy" in the text box at the top of this page.

As with any country, larger cities will generally cost more than smaller towns.
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Old Apr 11th, 2003, 10:34 AM
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I can tell you after reading this board to plan my trip in June, describe in more detail what you are interests are, how much can you pay per night, etc.
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Old Apr 11th, 2003, 12:23 PM
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Staying in 1-2 cities/towns, rather than trying to 'see it all' will save money (as a general rule). Transportation is a major cost. By staying in one locale longer you might also be able to find cheaper & nicer lodgings.
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Old Apr 11th, 2003, 12:32 PM
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I have a habit of walking into small shops in any city I am in and asking if they know of anyone would rent a room for a few nights. Always ending getting great places, dirt cheap in some of the best cities. Many of my friends feel really uncomfortable doing this for fear of sleeping on a beach or in a park. I find its a risk that pays off handsomely.
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Old Apr 11th, 2003, 12:53 PM
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Hi
as already mentioned, it would help if you'd say what you have in mind--
cities? Places with art museums?
Lots of locations have cheap eats and accommodations, but what do you want to see?
You might also want to visit the Rick Steves and Frommers and slowtrav and
roughguides websites
they specialize in budget travel ideas
and have message boards
but plenty of people can help here as well
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Old Apr 14th, 2003, 07:24 AM
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I think we are looking for an economical but still romantic trip to experience Italy. We don't have a ton of vaca. so we would only be able to go for 7-10 days. We don't need to pack in the whole country. Maybe just Venice and some smaller towns? We are not into museums but would love to see some historic spots and enjoy lovely scenery..especially the beach.
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Old Apr 14th, 2003, 08:36 AM
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Hi Seascape,

May I suggest spending your week on the Amalfi coast in Sorrento or Praiano?
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You can find some very resonable lodging in Italy if you hunt around. Rome may be a bit of a stretch, but even there $100 a night is within reason. We found a charming hotel in Venice for about $90 a night (Galleria), and beautiful farmhouse b&bs in Tuscany for well under $100 a night. Dining is no problem - just seek out busy neighborhood trattorias and you'll have some of the best food you've ever eaten for under $20 a dinner.
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Old Apr 14th, 2003, 09:28 AM
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Hello,
First of all I wish I could talk you out of going in July. These will be the buzz words. HOT, CROWDED, and EXPENSIVE !!
Now that I have said that... On my 2 trips to Italy, each time in Sept/Oct. I have spent 100 dollars a day plus airfair.
Down south in Italy it may be cheaper for you. I love Sorrento and the Amalfi area. There are alot of apartments or farm stays that are really cost affective. I would try that route verses hotels.
Have a wonderful time in Italy.
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Old Apr 14th, 2003, 04:05 PM
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Especially with such a short time, I again recommend staying just one place. Although I love Venice and would suggest it for your entire time, it is far from the cheapest destination and certainly not 'off the beaten' path.

BUT it is incredibly romantic and there's plenty to do simply walking around (and around!), no need to actual do museums if they don't interest you. The atmosphere is in the street (well sidewalks, plazas, canals, etc. I mean).
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SPlurge on a few nights in Venice, www.hotelgalleria.it or check out eurocheapo.com. We are going for our honeymoon in Late June/Early July and have averaged under $100 for 14 nights. Venice and Lake Como are the most expensive. I'd say VEnice for 2 nights, then choose from Verona, Bolgona, Lake Como or train from venice to Florence and stay in a b&B, see tuscany.net or fagiolari.it good luck!
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Thank you for all the amazing tips, I think we are reconsidering the Italy trip since July/August are not ideal and the most expensive. I was on the fence and now my wife is too. Everyone on this board really seems to think Fall is the BEST time to go so we are going to wait and do that for a nice honeymoon in a year or two.
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