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Italy on a Budget

Italy can be a bit of a budget-buster, especially in the most popular tourist hot spots like Rome, Venice and Florence. To help keep costs down, consider traveling outside of the summer high season, when airfare and hotels are at their most expensive. As you look for lodging, keep an eye out for pensioni, small guesthouses that offer basic and affordable accommodations. Restaurant meals are another area where you can cut costs; splurge on lunch instead of dinner, and look for small places to eat away from the crowded main piazzas, where you'll find inflated tourist prices.

Best Time to Go to Italy

The most popular time to visit Italy is during the summer months, when temperatures and airfares soar, and crowds teem around famous churches, ruins and museums. Do yourself a favor and travel during the spring or fall shoulder seasons instead -- the weather will be more temperate, and you'll pay less for airfare and hotels. With the exception of the Christmas/New Year's period, winter is the quietest time to visit Italy. While winter weather is mild in most regions, you may find some smaller attractions and hotels shuttered for the off-season.


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