Thursday, August 2, 2007

How much would a trip to Italy cost?

I am planning on going to Venice, Italy this summer. Let's say it will be about two other adults and I want to stay there for atleast two weeks. I also live in New York. How much do you think this will cost?

Answer on How much would a trip to Italy cost?

Venice is one of the more expensive places here in Italy. It depends a lot on exactly when you're here. Hotel prices vary a lot. I stayed in a hotel just off Piazza San Marco the first weekend of Carnevale in February for 150 euro per night. The next weekend, the same room was going for 400 euro per night. After Carnevale ended, the price dropped to 80 euro per night. I use the Venere site for booking hotels here in Italy http://en.venere.com/hotels_venice/ . You can sort by a particular area of a city, price, rating by past guests, etc. Generally, the less expensive places will be near the Santa Lucia train station or on the Lido island.

You can use sites like: http://www.whichbudget.com/en/ or http://www.skyscanner.net/ or http://www.expedia.com/default.asp to check for airfares on the dates you're interested in.

Food can be pretty expensive, but you can eat reasonably if you check the menu prices posted at the restaurants while you're out exploring. I usually end up spending around 25 to 50 euro for a meal. One thing to watch out for. Some things are priced "per etto" (especially fish). That's the price for 100 g. The item is weighed before trimming and cooking. A large fish can cost $100 alone. It's easy to find places where you can get a panino, wrap, or pizza by the slice for 5 to 7 euro. There's a place in Campo San Stefano that has pretty good bruschetta for around 8 euro.

Most people don't spend two weeks or more in Venice itself. You can easily see the city in a couple of days. There are a lot of interesting day trips you could take on the train (e.g., Treviso, Padova, Verona, ...). However, it would be generally cheaper to move on to another city.

You might find the train website useful for checking schedules and prices: http://www.ferroviedellostato.it/cms/v/i…