Free things to see and do in Amalfi

    Sights in Italy

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    Experiences in Italy

     (Photo courtesy of Paris Greeters)

    Free greeter programs around the world encourage locals to welcome you to their hometown

     

    Lodgings in Italy

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    The Palagetto Guest House in Florence will give you a room in exchange for: Installing mosquito screens, professional photographs of the rooms, printing brochures for them, gently used bikes, installation of a shower by a professional plumber, or origami (Photo courtesy of the property)

    Free lodgings in Italy: Hospitality networks (couchsurfing), home swaps, and house sitting services

     
    A typical European hotel bathroom

    Ways to sleep for free in Italy

     
     (Photo courtesy of Europosters)

    Couchsurfing and other hospitality networks allow you to sleep for free in other member's homes

     
    Getting to know some locals is a bit part of staying with a fellow hospitality club member (Photo courtesy of The Affordable Travel Club)

    Hospitality networks gather folks who are willing to put up fellow members in their homes for free or for a small fee

     
    This luxurious Tuscan apartment is in Pietrasanta, by the Forte dei Marmi seaside resort, halfway between Pisa and the Cinque Terre (Photo courtesy of Homeexchange)

    Trading spaces isn't just a show on basic cable anymore. It's a way to live life like a local on your travels absolutely for free—so long as you let the local borrow your life (and home) in return.

     
    This house in the Tuscan hills needs someone to house-sit and watch their dog for three weeks this spring... (Photo courtesy of mindmyhouse.com)

    Sleep for free on vacation in Italy by watching someone's house (and, often, watering their plants and feeding their cat)

     
    The Palagetto Guest House in Florence will give you a room in exchange for: Installing mosquito screens, professional photographs of the rooms, printing brochures for them, gently used bikes, installation of a shower by a professional plumber, or origami lessons by a Japanese artist. (Photo courtesy of the property)

    Programs like WWOOF and Helpx let you barter your services for a free place to stay

     
    Sailboats (Photo by plb06)

    If you love sailing, or just have an unquenchable taste for adventure and new experiences, you can sign on to help crew a boat just about anywhere in the world, including Italy

     

    Dining in Italy

    Many Italian bars lay our free snacks in the evenings (Photo © Reid Bramblett)
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    Yes, there are a couple of ways to enjoy excellent Italian food absolutely free

     

    Planning for a trip to Italy

    Skype is the cheapest way to make international calls (Photo by Skype)

    Use Skype (and an internet connection) to make and receive free voice and video calls—or have your friends and family Skype your cell in Italy for 10¢ per minute or $3 per month.