Italy: how to save on vacation in the country of vineyards
Specialists of the online service for finding and booking toursTravelata.rutold how to spend time on the Apennine Peninsula and get the most out of it.
Sights of the north and south
Italy is located in the south of Europe, in the northern part of the Mediterranean, near France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia. Russians, to come to Italy, it is necessary to issue a Schengen visa. From Moscow to the Apennines can be reached in about three and a half hours.
Italy is divided conditionally into two parts - north and south. In the north, everything is a bit more expensive, but the level of comfort is much higher than in the south. Milan, Verona and Venice are located in the north of the country. At the same time, in the southern part of the “boot” there are such exotic sights as Pompeii, Herculaneum and Vesuvius. To the south also belong the famous islands of Capri and Sicily.
Nevertheless, many recommend starting a trip to this sunny Mediterranean country from exploring the northern regions.
All roads go from Rimini
The cheapest way to fly to Italy is to buy a tour in Rimini. This resort town, located on the east coast of the Apennines, is famous for its huge sandy beaches, which stretch for several kilometers. There are many modest hotels here, and prices in trattorias are not as high as in the elite resorts of Liguria or Tuscany on the west coast.
In addition, Rimini has easy access to Florence and Venice. With some knowledge of the English language, you can reach these cities by train. Ticket prices startfrom 20 eurosper passenger one way. Or you can purchase a day trip from a guide for about80 eurosper person.
In mid-August, the cost of weekly organized tours in Rimini beginsfrom 50 thousand rubles for two per weekwith included flight and accommodation.
For independent travel, only air tickets for two passengers from Moscow to Rimini and back will cost40 thousand rubles.
Venice: channels, gondoliers and cuttlefish ink
If you are going to Venice, it is worth considering that in a city on the water a few hours will be enough. Here you need to spend at least one night and look at the empty city at dawn, when the streets have not yet been filled with numerous tourists. Moreover, whenever possible it is necessary to float on the nearest islands of Murano and Burano. Murano is used to make unique glass decorations, and on Burano, scarves are sewn. Of course, all souvenirs can be found in Venice, but the islands with bright houses are interesting in themselves. In addition, a day trip is unlikely to allow a ride on a gondola. Walking on a gondola is not a cheap pleasure. In 20 minutes the gondoliers take80 euros. True, you can get on a group walk - tickets for them are sold near the train station. Then the cost of pleasure will drop to25 eurosper person.
The main attractions of Venice are the Rialto Bridge and Piazza San Marco. They are, in fact, most often removed in films about Casanova or Shakespeare's Venetian merchant. San Marco Square is the most expensive place in the city. Here a cocktail will cost about30 euros. Literally around the corner, everything is four times cheaper. In Venice, in the trattoria prepare branded pasta with cuttlefish ink. Do not miss the opportunity to try this dish, and at the same time posting on Instagram photos with black lips.
In mid-August, the cost of weekly organized tours to Venice begins.from 95 thousand rubles for two per weekwith included flight and accommodation.
For independent travel, only air tickets for two passengers from Moscow to Venice and back will cost35 thousand rubles.
Florence: museums, steaks and jewels
Florence is also included in the list of cities where you can go on a tour. And just like in Venice, almost nothing to see. In Florence it is best to stop for two or three days. Especially if you want to go around all the local museums. There are a lot of them here, and in each of them there are necessarily masterpieces of Titian, Caravaggio, Michelangelo or Leonardo da Vinci. Sculptures of Michelangelo decorated several churches in the city, and it is here, in Florence, you can look at the original of the ideal man - the famous David, whose copy is in the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow.
The main museum of Florence, and perhaps the whole of Italy, is the Uffizi Gallery. It is here that the greatest canvases of Botticelli, Raphael and other famous artists of the Renaissance are kept. In the Uffizi Gallery you can spend at least half a day. Next to the gallery is the famous golden bridge Ponte Vecchio above the river Arno. Once they traded meat here, and now they sell jewelry, both antique and modern. Some items may cost tens of thousands of euros.
In Florence, pay attention to the wine bars. These are such compact establishments where you can buy a glass or another of some rich Chianti with thinly sliced prosciutto or parmesan as a snack for relatively little money. The signature local dish is Florentine steak. It can be safely ordered for a company of three people, because this dish rarely weighs less than a kilogram, and usually even more, and it costs from60 eurosper serving. In Florence, you can also try pasta with truffles. By the way, truffle oil is one of the gastronomic souvenirs that you should bring with you to Russia. A small amount, literally at the tip of a tsp, is enough to fill the pasta cooked in the native kitchen with the aroma of authentic Italian spaghetti.
In mid-August, the cost of weekly organized tours to Florence beginsfrom 110 thousand rubles for two per weekwith included flight and accommodation.
For independent travel, only air tickets for two passengers from Moscow to Florence and back will cost34 thousand rubles.
Rome: Selfies on the background of the Colosseum, the Vatican and the Trevi Fountain
In Rome, it is worth going on a separate tour, a one-day tour of the Eternal City will be useless. However, more than three days in the capital of Italy have nothing to do. Here are the main attractions that have survived from the time of the Roman Empire: the Colosseum, the arena for gladiatorial battles and large-scale performances, the Pantheon, the only ancient temple with a roof that has survived to our days, and the Forum with the remains of majestic palaces and temples.
In general, in Rome you can find the best scenery for a photo on Instagram. For example, you can take a selfie on the background of the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain or overlooking the Cathedral of St. Peter in the Vatican. By the way, fans of Michelangelo should definitely visit the Sistine Chapel, where there are famous frescoes depicting Old Testament events on the ceiling.
While in Rome, you can try almost all Italian cuisine with both northern and southern features. True, we must choose the right places, preferably away from the famous attractions, where everything will be expensive and designed for the taste of tourists. It is better to find a trattoria at a relative distance from the main stream of tourists and make sure that the Italians themselves do not disdain to enter. In Rome, it is best to try proven classic Italian dishes: caprese salad, pasta bolognese or frutti di mare, risotto, and pizza with various fillings - cheese, salami, mushrooms or seafood.
In mid-August, the cost of weekly organized tours to Rome begins.from 67 thousand rubles for two per weekwith included flight and accommodation.
For independent travel, only air tickets for two passengers on a direct flight from Moscow to Rome and back will cost53 thousand rubles.
Lake Garda and Verona: cocktails, opera and Juliet's balcony
Now some tour operators offer holidays in the north of Italy, at Lake Garda.And this is a worthy alternative to the beaches of Rimini, although more expensive and somewhat unusual, because the rest will take place not on the salty sea, but on the freshwater lake. The most popular tourist city on the coast of Garda is Sirmione. Here are the thermal springs, in which the ancient Romans treated their ailments. However, spa treatments are not the main advantage of Lake Garda. Here you can take a boat with a driver’s license100 eurofor four hours and drive along the lake surface. Or rent a bike and go to the mountains.
It is on the coast of Garda that the best in Italy sauté of mussels is cooked. And here the local bartenders ideally mix the most famous Italian cocktail aperol syringe. Sirmione is also famous for its huge ice cream, which is sold on every corner. Here you can find outlets with brand clothes at Milan prices.
Sirmione is located literally 30 kilometers from Verona - the city of Romeo and Juliet. It is worth going here not only for the famous balcony, under which Romeo secretly came, although all the tourists must come to see it. In Verona, an opera festival takes place in the ancient arena in summer.This is a large-scale show with bright special effects that can hardly be seen anywhere else - they give a show under the starry sky, and you can buy tickets right on the day of the show.
In mid-August, the cost of weekly organized tours to Lake Garda beginsfrom 76 thousand rubles for two for a weekwith airfare and accommodation included.
For independent travel, only air tickets for two passengers on a direct flight from Moscow to Verona and back will cost37 thousand rubles.
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