Fly to Italy for as little as $350 round trip. AIitalia offers discounts year-round so get in the habit of checking their site and you’ll be sure to find a deal.
Avoid visiting in August when the entire country closes its doors for a month of vacation.
Skip the monolithic line for the Vatican Museums. An extra four Euros will get you an assigned time with no waiting. Click here for museum website.
Spend an hour or two in Amalfi, for bragging rights, then take the twenty-minute bus ride to Ravello. Amalfi’s neighbor in the hills boasts the same beautiful views with fewer tourists, fresher air and plenty of room to walk around.
Get intimate with Italy and visit a less traveled locale like the island of Procida. You’ll find great food and kind people without all the expense and hype of neighboring Capri.
Keep an eye out for apperativo offers. Purchase a single drink and many Italian bars will include a small buffet of pastas, salamis, cheeses, and bread that can easily replace dinner for a fraction of the cost. Ask someone at your hotel or hostel for a recommendation if you can’t find one on your own.
Pizza al Taglio (pizza by the slice) is another tasty-inexpensive -option for lunch or dinner. Unlike slices in the states, you can specify exactly how much you want and pay by weight. After a quick reheat, the pizza is folded and wrapped for a meal on the run that won’t get your hands dirty.
Roadside meals in the states may turn your stomach, but in Italy a highway rest stop is an opportunity to sample regional specialties. AUTOGRILL is a restaurant chain that offers stuffed sandwiches and breakfast pastries that have won praise from top chef Mario Batali.
Drink cheap wine. Supermarkets are busting with two to three Euro wines that are kind to the wallet and palate alike.
If you’re lucky you could also find a local wine producer who will let you fill your own container from a large storage vat-Pinot Nero from a Pepsi bottle anyone?
Italian supermarkets and vegetable stands are also great for sampling the local fare. Come back to travelingtastebuds Thursday for an introduction to Italian products that will top your shopping list.