It is noteworthy that the most visited Italian sites are more expensive than its more local, unknown places. The best part is that the latter ones are often just as beautiful as the famous gems. There are lots of cheaper alternatives in the country which will help you discovering it without spending a fortune. Here are some of the best tips for saving while visiting Italian sites.
- Churches are as filled with masterpieces as the museums. Many of the churches in Italy are free and this is a real chance for the budget traveler to appreciate all the treasures. You will find some of the most famous sculptures and paintings here that can be seen for free. The churches of Santa Maria del Popolo and San Luigi dei Francesi have some of the best Caravaggio paintings you’ll ever see.
- Bring your I.D. with you to museums. In most Italian museums you can get a discount if you’re over 65 years old or under 25 and children under 18 are free provided you’re an E.U citizen. So, in order to prove eligibility, take your passport or identity card with you. Some non-EU students may also get a discount or even free visit.
- Walk more. Taxis in Italy can be very expensive so if there is an opportunity, try to walk as long as you can or use public transportation. The best way to explore Italy is on foot anyway, so apart from health benefits, you’ll get the chance to know Italy better.
- Consider discount cards. It is wise to consider discount cards before exploring any Italian city, but always do the math. There are lots of different tourist cards in Italy. Such passes may usually include public transportation or free entrance to the sites. No matter what, try to figure out your itinerary and do the math whether it’s worth it or not.