A series posted last year, but the information is priceless!
Another way to help save money and make your dream of travel to Italy come true this year is to think outside of the box. The majority of tourists all travel to the same areas in Italy. In major cities, the tourists can be found in the same concentrated places. Of course there are the blockbusters to see, but aside from that you really don’t need to get caught up in the masses. To increase your enjoyment, see more of the real Italy all while saving money, follow tip #4.
4. Travel to a Lesser Known Area
Most guidebooks lead people to the same places over and over. When I travel I make sure not to miss the important sites and places that are a priority to me, but when I am done I make a beeline for the opposite direction of the other tourists.
An alternative to Tuscany is Umbria. You are still within easy driving range if you want to still explore Tuscany. Umbria is like Tuscany’s shy little sister and once you get to know her you find she has just as good of a personality. I love Umbria. It is full of hill towns, churches, parks, lakes and experiences. This area is a marvelous home base.
Feeling even braver? Then I encourage you to try Le Marche. You will be lucky to find much more than a few token pages about this in mainstream guidebooks. Le Marche feels like my personal secret, one that I can’t keep. You can have it all here, from beaches to quaint villages. The best part is that you won’t get run over by a herd of tourists snapping pictures. The area is still close to places like Gubbio and Assisi making them an easy day trip. Another area under the radar is Abruzzo, a mountainous region that is my next project. Drop dead gorgeous country at a better price with less commotion.
You don’t have to skip the well known areas if you don’t want to. Just try finding a city or town that is a little less popular and you will save money. For example: When traveling to the Amalfi Coast (where nothing is cheap) stay in one of the smaller but just as amazing towns further down. Instead of Positano, try Ravello or Furore. An alternative to this coast line is the Italian Riviera and my favorite the Cinque Terre. Here prices are better and they would love a visit as they recover from the flooding. Staying in Venice? Try the Accademia District. It’s just one bridge away from the action. Florence on the ‘other side’ of the river is a completely different place.
Looking for places in lesser known or visited areas is just another tip to saving money and making that dream trip come true this year. Stay tuned, I’ve got more tips on the way.
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