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Italy is such a beautiful & unique country. While in Italy, my husband & I visited Venice, Milan, Rapallo (next to Positano), Cinque Terre, & Portofino. We loved every area but I would have to say my favorites were Rapallo & Cinque Terre. Since we left, I have already been trying to plan my next trip back to Rapallo.
Travel Tips for traveling on a Budget:
-Buy train tickets ahead of time to save on cost. You can get the best deal if you buy them 3 months in advance. Before then they aren't sold, & the longer you wait, the more they will cost. If you are just needing tickets from the island of Venice to the main island of Italy, then you can buy that ticket at the station at Venice the island the day of.
-Be prepared to pay for water or drinks wherever you go. Tap water is safe to drink in Italy, so we would usually refill our water bottles at the place we were staying and bring those for breakfast & lunch & then just order coca cola for dinner (it was usually cheaper than water & is made with cane sugar so it tastes better than coca cola in the U.S.)
-Ask to see a menu before dining somewhere. We would check a few places & compare prices and dishes. Some places will charge very high amounts compared to other places with the same quality of dishes for half the price.
-Split a pizza for lunch! The pizzas are usually really large and very cheap ($6 a pizza at Gino's).
-Get a croissant or pastry for breakfast. (Usually $1-$2). You can also buy fruit from stands outside or the outdoor market.
-There is so much you can do without spending money in Venice. We really enjoyed wandering around streets & along the canal & seeing inside the beautiful Cathedrals.
Link to my personal blog pots about Italy!
TOP THINGS TO DO:
-Piazza San Marco. Go inside St. Marks Basilica & look at the other beautiful buildings.
-Gondola ride at sunset ($80 during the day, $100 for sunset/evening time) We splurged for the sunset & I was glad we did. It was less crowded, much cooler weather, & I loved having the sunset view & it seemed much more romantic.
-Have dinner along the Grand Canal. Very romantic & you can't beat the view!
-Sit along the pier of the Grand Canal in the evening. So relaxing & perfect for people watching.
-Wander the streets, look inside the shops & the many cathedrals, & get some gelato.
-Get pizza at Gino's. We ate there about 3 times, the pizza wasn't the best we had in Italy, but it was delicious, cheap, they have ac & wifi, & it was the best pizza that we had in Venice.
-Ride a water taxis down the Grand Canal. It gives you a beautiful view of all of the buildings & bridges & only costs about $7.
-Get some fruit & snacks from the outdoor market.
Below are my favorite things to do in each area & also tips for traveling in each area. I also included the link for my personal blog post on each area, so you can get a more personal account of what the areas are like!