Italy on a budget, then of course something needs to be written about the budget that I had for my trip.
The cities I wanted to visit were Florence, Siena and Pisa. Actually Bologna wasn’t on my list, but on internet I discovered that the cheapest flight to Tuscany or environment was a flight from Dusseldorf Airport Weeze to Bologna. Of course Dusseldorf is further away then Amsterdam, Rotterdam or Eindhoven, so I had to drive to there. But still it was worth it and much cheaper. I found the cheap flight at lowcoastairlines.nl.
Furthermore I booked train tickets for the high speed Frecciarossa train online. These were tickets between Bologna and Florence. The other train trips were with regional trains and I bought these tickets in vending machines at train stations.
|Flight Dusseldorf Airport Weeze – Bologna with Ryanair||€34,99 including taxes|
|Fiera Hotel, Bologna||€35,-, including breakfast|
|Train ticket Bologna Centrale – Firenze S.M. Novella||€9,-|
|B&B Di Piazza Del Duomo, Florence||€42,- including breakfast|
|Train ticket Firenze S.M. Novella – Siena||€7,70|
|Hotel Minerva, Siena||€51,- including breakfast|
|Train ticket Siena – Pisa Centrale||€8,90|
|Hotel Soggiorno Athena, Pisa||€55,50 including breakfast|
|Train ticket Pisa Centrale – Bologna Centrale||€7,10|
|Hotel Imperial, Bologna||€35,- including breakfast|
|Flight Bologna – Dusseldorf Airport Weeze with Ryanair||€34,99 including taxes|
|Parking at Dusseldorf Airport Weeze||€42,50|
|Budget for lunch and dinners||€30,- a day|
Of course I had some other expenses like bus tickets and souvenirs. Finally I spend €595,- during my six days in Italy. If really necessary I could have saved more on dinners, but I also wanted to enjoy Italian cuisine, so I ate in restaurants every evening. Furthermore I could have stayed in hotels outside city centers. I only did this in Bologna, but with doing that in the other cities too, I could have spend less money. Despite that I spend less then €100,- a day for transportation, accommodations and other expenses. So personally I think my Italy on a budget trip was a success.