Tag: budget

Ask the Italy Expert: Outlet Shopping and Rome Pastry Shops

  I get lots of emails from readers asking for Italy travel advice. And while I like to think of myself as the Italy travel resource, I know that there are tons of bloggers, writers, tour operators, travel consultants, and many other Italophiles who have knowledge on specific subjects, like villa rentals, Tuscany antique markets, …

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Venice for a Penny

I’d hate to be the employee who made this error: The Crowne Plaza of Venice will be honoring a rate of 1-cent-per-night after mistakenly posting the rate on its website. According to BBC News, approximately 230 guests booked the hotel after seeing the unbelievable rate. The usual rate for the hotel, located about 10 miles …

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Culture Week 2009

Today begins Culture Week throughout all of Italy. Through April 26,  state-run museums will be open for free and many will be extending hours. Tons of special events and exhibitions are part of Culture Week. To see what’s on, visit the Italian Culture Ministry’s website.

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A Peaceful Oasis in Rome

After reading a post about Free Things to Do in Rome from fellow blogger Jessica at Italylogue.com, I couldn’t resist commenting on one of my favorite places – free or not – in all of the Eternal City: the Protestant Cemetery. Then I thought I should also share this tip with Italofile readers, too. The …

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Really Cheap Real Estate in Sicily

Here’s your chance to buy a really cheap house in Italy. According to Italy Magazine, the Sicilian town of Salemi is selling homes in the town’s historic center which have been ravaged by earthquakes for the fair price of €1. The catch? Buyers must restore the homes “sympathetically” within two years. Salemi (see this place …

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Italy Summer Article Round-Up 2008

Lots of Italy-related articles this time of year. So, here goes: New York Times Wandering Beyond Classic Rome (The Frugal Traveler Does Europe on a Budget) On Venice’s Grand Canal in a Kayak Prescription Med (Ischia) Los Angeles Times Exploring Rome’s Famous Seven Hills Budget Travel in Rome 10 Books and Movies to Prep for …

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We’re Back…and Recent Rome Tips

Hello all. We’ve had a few technical difficulties over the last few weeks, so I hope you’ve stayed with us. In the interim, you may have missed our posts about Jewish Resources in Italy, Scootermania in Sicily, and Tuscan Wine Picks. Now, it seems we have cured our hiccups and are ready to keep providing …

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Tuscan Wine Picks

One of the pleasures of visiting Tuscany is having the chance to drive the fertile hills of wine country, sampling reds and whites along the way. Most travelers really only think of Chianti, a mini-region within Tuscany, when thinking about Tuscan wine. But another vino hotspot is Montalcino. Montalcino is the home of Brunello di …

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Harry’s Bar Offers Discount to ‘Poor Americans’

For Americans touring Venice, one of the most famous places to visit is Harry’s Bar, a former haunt of Ernest Hemingway. Unfortunately, as the dollar has sunk (and continues to sink) against the euro, Harry’s, which has always been expensive, is out of most American tourists’ price range. So now, in light of the current economic …

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Ten Euro Trattorias

Italy’s leading paper Corriere della Sera has a small English language section that delivers news and the occasional lifestyle article. While digging, we found this recent nugget on Low Cost Italy’s Ten Euro Trattorias. While the article doesn’t provide an exhaustive list of cheap eats (it is a mere round-up of some other food articles), …

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Tips for Beating the Euro in Rome

Today’s budget-saving tips come from the readers of Fodor’s, who offer some very useful ways to stretch your woefully weak dollar, such as: Bars always have two different prices: If you have your coffee at the counter it’s cheaper than when a waiter serves it at a table. For the art lover on a budget: …

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How to Stretch Your Budget in Tuscany

You know we must be in a recession if the villa rental company Luxury Retreats puts out an article on How To Stretch Your Buck in Tuscany. But they do come up with some valid points, such as: 1) Rent a Bigger Place. “More bedrooms equal less money per suite, as a rule of thumb, …

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Italy Article Round-Up From the Past Few Months

Here are some of the Italy travel articles you may have missed over the past few months. New York Times Prato, Italy: In Tuscany, the Revealing of a Forbidden Love Bread-Making and Truffle-Hunting in Italy (Piemonte; actually a short review of two tours) Bologna, Italy: Finding New Life in the Arts La Dolce Vita, Both …

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The Roma Pass

Here’s an update to yesterday’s post about Saving Money with Combined Tickets. In addition to some other combined ticket options on offer in the Eternal City, there’s also the Roma Pass. The €20*, 3-day pass entitles the holder to “free” entry to two museums, reduced rates to other museums, access to all public transport, discounts on …

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Saving Money with Combined Tickets

It’s tough to be an American tourist in Europe right now, what with the dollar sinking to new lows against the euro every day. The New York Times had a fantastic Practical Traveler feature a few months back titled 10 Ways to Keep Europe Within Reach. I’d like to add to this advice with my own suggestion …

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Seeing Rome – and Other Cities – for Free

Rome, overflowing with art and architecture on its streets and in its churches, is one city in Europe that you can see on the cheap. As Ian Fisher notes in today’s article, “In the Eternal City, Priceless Art for No Price at All,” you can create a free, impromptu tour of Michelangelo or Caravaggio works …

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