My 4 friends and I are planning to tour around Italy in September 2010 for 10. We are going to rent a car (as I think this will be cheaper than individual train fares) and we will be sticking mainly to Northern Italy. I was wondering if any one has had a similar experience and if so, how much money the whole thing cost including accommodation.
Any suggests ion about places to visit and accommodation would be great.
Answer on Touring around Italy.?
Prices for accomodations depend on exactly where you are and what's going on when you're there. Prices for any given hotel can vary a lot. September is a good time because the weather is usually great, the crowds of tourists are thinning out and the prices are at least starting to drop. I use this site for hotels here in Italy: http://www.venere.com/hotels/italy/ You can pick a city or a particular area in a city and then sort by price or ratings by past guests.
Typically, I count on spending about 25 to 50 euro for a meal when I'm out exploring, but you can certainly eat pretty well for less. A panino or pizza by the slice is usually 4 to 6 euro in many places. A whole pizza is 8 to 13 euro. If you're in a hotel which includes breakfast, you can take advantage of that to cut down on the overall food expense by eating a bigger breakfast and a light lunch.
There are several interesting events going on in September. The 1st Sunday of the month is a good day to be in Venice. The Historical Regatta is run in the afternoon and early evening. The parade of boats starts in the basin passing in front of the Doge's Palace and continues up the Grand Canal. The Venice Film Festival is also in September.
Marostica has a spectacular event one weekend celebrating some of their history. It's only held every other year and this is one of the year's it will be running. Having a car makes it easier to get there. http://www.marosticascacchi.it/a_2_EN_9_…
Florence holds the Rificolona festival in September and there's also a wine championship.
The Palio delle Contrade in Trento features contests among the various neighborhoods in medieval costume.
There are lots of interesting places to visit like Garda Lake (especially Sirmione and Malcesine), Padova, Ferrara, Treviso, Trento, Mantova, Bolzano, Bergamo, ...
You might find this site useful for driving directions and an estimate of fuel and tolls: http://www.viamichelin.com/