How to Do a Bargain Trip to Italy

Save Money and Time Without Sacrificing Luxury or Comfort

Author: The Traveling Professor/Thursday, February 11, 2016/Categories: Italy

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Here are The Professor's top tips for saving money in Italy without sacrificing comfort or luxury.

Travel Off-Season: Airfares are low and hotel prices are rock-bottom.   Right off the bat you will save 20% on your airfare from high season prices and probably 20%-40% on hotel prices.  And, if you fly into airports like Bologna or Milan, you might even save more money.

Buy Train Tickets in Advance.   A train ticket from Milan to Rome is about 80 euros if purchased on the date of travel.  Buy it a couple of months in advance and it can be 60% or more off that price. And sometimes, if you buy far in advance, the premium seats are the same price as the standard seats.

Visit the Smaller Cities:  My favorite, Padua, is full of history and culture and very close to Venice.  But a 4-star hotel in Padua is 50% of the cost of a 4-star in Venice.

Buy the City/Museum Pass:   Each city like Rome, Venice, Padua, Florence, and Verona sells a city or museum pass.  Most give no-wait-in-line admission to some or all attractions and some give unlimited public transportation all over the city.  It's a great bargain!

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