It’s easy to get carried away and spend way more money than you intended when you travel to Tuscany. The rental car, the expensive fuel, and the wine and food really add up, not to mention the accommodations. Before you know it, you’re down to your last 100 Euros and you’ve still got a week left. But this doesn’t have to be the case. Traveling Tuscany can be done on a shoestring, without having to hitchhike and camp your way through the region. Here are a few ideas that might help you save money on your big Tuscan adventure.
- Get a good guide. Getting yourself a good tour guide will help you save money for a number of reasons. A good guide will reveal local secrets that you will otherwise have very little chance of discovering. Be sure to ask a few more questions after the basic sightseeing is done. Aks about what their favorite local haunts might be. You’ll probably find that they will be more than happy to show you their more intimate version of Tuscany.Through Eternity Tours is a great, affordable option to consider.
- Rent a Villa. Hostels and hotels in Italy are expensive and Tuscany is no exception to this rule. In fact, they can be even more expensive in Tuscany, so be sure to look into splitting the costs with some friends and getting yourself a villa. You’ll save money on things like room service and tipping too. Online resources like AirBnb and Vrbo are great ways to book a place without getting ripped off.
- Avoid the summer time. Not only is Tuscany absolutely scorching in the summer, to the point of near paralysis, it’s also flooded with tourists. Because of this, all the local businesses jack up their prices and charge an arm and a leg for basic services. So, in order to avoid this, simply avoid the summertime rush. Your experience will be much more pleasurable without all of those familiar American conversations around anyway. Soak up the true Italian culture in Spring or Autumn and have a much cooler trip in the process.
- Don’t fly direct. If you fly directly into Florence, you’ll be paying through the nose to do so. Your best bet is to fly into another European hub, hire a car, or hop on a train and travel to Florence and Tuscany from there. The reason for this is simply because there is less air traffic flying in and out of the Florence airport, but if you fly into Rome, which is only a few hours drive away, then you’ll be saving money.
- Do as the locals do. There is no better way to save money on a trip to Tuscany (or anywhere for that matter) than to find out what the locals do rather than the tourists. Do your best to befriend a local and find out where they eat and drink, and you won’t have to pay the exorbitant prices that you would as a tourist.