How much should I save for a week in Italy?

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I am a huge fan of Italy and used to work in the northern lake District however it’s certainly not a cheap place to go when it comes to food/drink and trips out!

You don’t say where you are going in Italy but, as a guide,  the North tends to be more expensive than the South and cities like Rome or Venice will be pricey.

I would say the minimum you want to be taking is about 400€ per person if you don’t want to be scrimping or worrying about it running out. 

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

emma34:  what part of Italy? I went to Italy for a week with FI and we spent about like 700 in euros maybe.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

emma34:  what part of Italy? I went to Italy for a week with FI and we spent about like 700 in euros maybe.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

In order to budget better, I would highly recommend pre-booking tours and such online. It would help a bit to know where in Italy you’ll be, but particularly for Rome and Florence, booking tours/museum tickets in advance is vital. It saves time and sometimes money, too. It also helps add structure to your visit. Also, there are plenty of fairly inexpensive hotels around. I am a shopper, but in Italy, I really love to take walking tours and such and only buy a few “touristy” keepsakes. 

Also remember that the exchange rate isn’t awesome if you’re coming from the US. When my husband and I went abroad (three European countries in 2012), we averaged 100 euros a day, not including our hotel or everything I had pre-booked. We didn’t eat at super fancy restaurants for the most part, but we did splurge a few times. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Only you can answer this question.  Are you going to buy a slice of pizza for dinner, or sit down and eat a 3-course meal? Are you going to stay in a hotel, or a hostel with 16 beds? Are you going to Rome and Milan, or smaller cities? Are you city-hopping or staying in one place? Are you taking taxis everywhere or the bus?  It’s been a while since I’ve been to Italy, but even if you’re doing things on the cheaper side, you can very easily spend 80-100€ per day per person just on meals, snacks, admission fees, transportation.  Not including hotel and whatever night activities and shopping you plan to do.   Edit: My breakdown is 10€ for breakfast, 10€ for lunch, 25€ for dinner, 5€ for water/gelato/snacks, 10€ for the bus, 20€ for admission fees/maps.  Italy is definitely a place where you don’t want to skimp on your food budget.  

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 8 months ago by  canadajane.
  • This reply was modified 2 years, 8 months ago by  canadajane.
Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2014

emma34:  I would budget approximately 60-75 euro per day on food, and another 20-50 euro on transportation and sightseeing. You should definitely check out Air BnB for private accommodations. I found that private apartments were sometimes cheaper than hostels.

I was just in Rome, Florence and Venice last May, so let me know if you have any other questions!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I’d say $2500-$3000 or so? It would cover your expenses nicely and you could splurge on nice things if you want. If you have a little left over, no harm done. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I’d say $2500-$3000 or so? It would cover your expenses nicely and you could splurge on nice things if you want. If you have a little left over, no harm done. 

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

I would say at least 1,000 euros for food alone.

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