Planning to go to Italy.

Old Jan 24th, 2005, 03:14 PM
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Planning to go to Italy.

Hello,
I would like to know if at the end of the month of November 2005 is a low travel season to go to Italy. We are staying in Trento, Italy. We are staying in a friend's house. I would like to know how much money (USD) per couple per day we should have. We are not the type that we like to go to fancy restaurants and we are not the type of couple that buy a lot of souvenirs. Is it recommended to rent a car? or the public transportation is a better alternative? We are planning to go to Rome by train for 2 or 3 days. Is it recommended to stay in a B&B, or hostel? Any of your comments or input will be appreciated.

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Old Jan 24th, 2005, 03:30 PM
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You will receive many different responses on the budget amount. I would plan to spend what you would spend in the US for the style of travel you enjoy. Take a credit card and use that everywhere.

We enjoy a car in Europe. We seldom use trains or public transit to travel. This is a personal preference. But, you DO NOT want a car in Rome. Go by train to that city. It is a hassle to drive in central Rome. Buy all the insurance for the rental car you can.

You will probably find people that you have more in common with at a nice B and B. I do not know your age, but if you are past your 20s you may not want to do a hostel unless some other Fodorite has a good spot.
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While I have only "day tripped" to Trento, I really loved it! It is certainly car friendly, but I think that public transportation might serve you satisfactorily - - it depends on how much you want to get out and see the surrounding areas.

While late November is a "low" travel season, I don't know how this will affect anything in your budget (other than airfare, of course). Restaurants certainly will not flucutuate there seasonally. You won't need to budget an amount for dining substantially different than you would in Fresno or Muncie or Tallahassee. $40-50 per couple per day = spartan; twice that = very nice; three times that and up = princely.

There are countless message "therads" on budget accommodations for Rome here on this forum. See the website www.eurocheapo.com or search this forum for "Rome and eurocheapo".

Best wishes,

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Lidiette - You can certainly see plenty by public transport from Trento - there are lots of options for day-trips.

If you want to see the best of the Dolomites, though, you might want to consider hiring a car.

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