Saving money in General

Sights in General

Sights and experiences you can get for free in Italy

 
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Be a sightseeing V.I.P.—Sightseeing passes grant admission to dozens of sights, avoiding the lines and saving money

 
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The Early Bird gets the Last Supper—yes, there are some museums, monuments, and sights in Italy for which you really need to reserve admission tickets ahead of time<

 

Tips and advice for how to get the most out of seeing the sights, museums, and monuments during your Italy vacation

 

Lodgings in General

Don't use the most famous booking engines; use the ones with the largest selection and lowest rates

 
This Italian hotel is officially five stars deluxe (the &quot;lusso&quot; part). Sounds great, but that doesn&#039;t mean it&#039;s the best place in town—or the right one for you. (Photo © Reid Bramblett)

Hotels' official star ratings have nothing to do with how clean, central, comfortable, or charming a hotel is—just how many (often pointless) amenities it offers

 
Those peanuts in the minibar don&#039;t cost just peanuts—they cost €7! And since when was a bottle of water worth €4.25? (Photo by Rick)

Avoid the scandalously high prices of the hotel minbar

 
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Comparison-shop dozens of booking engines at once

 
Beware the hotel in-room telephone (Photo by Mark Hills)

Avoid the scandalously high cost of making a phone call from your hotel room

 
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Frescoed rooms in the 16C Palazzo Antellesi overlooking Piazza Santa Croce in Florence (Photo courtesy of the property)

How to find and rent a vacation appartamento (apartment) from $40 in Italy

 
Many hotels will guarantee the lowest rate if you book directly with them, or an advance-booking discount (Photo )

Hotel sites often feature special sales and promotions you won't find on the booking engines and aggregators

 
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La Cascina del Monastero in Piemonte&#039;w wine district is one of my favorite Italian farm stays (scroll to the bottom for a link to a story about it) (Photo courtesy of La Cascina del Monastero)

Stay on a working farm agritourismo and experience the best of Italian hospitality and countryside tradition

 
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From B&Bs and farm stays to cottages, castles, and campgrounds, here are Italian lodging alternatives to the traditional hotel

 
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Shop around, ask lots of questions, even haggle, and you can often get a room for much less

 
No, the hotel breakfast isn&#039;t terrible—but it&#039;s not worth $15–$20, either (Photo by Karen Bryan)

Breakfast at a B&B can be lovely—but at a standard hotel, you probably won't be getting your money's worth

 
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Residences—like the Arethusa in Siracusa, Sicily—offer apartment amenities and hotel services (Photo courtesy of Residence Arethusa)

Serviced flats, residence hotels, Aparthotels, and other townhouse suite lodging in Italy

 

A dozen ways to lower your hotel costs in Italy

 
Hotels make it easy to drop off your laundry—and then charge an arm and a leg to wash your shirts and pants (Photo by ERiKA)

Hotel laundry services are obscenely overpriced

 
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Villa Greve in the heart of Tuscany&#039;s Chianti wine region sleeps 12 (Photo courtesy of the property)

An Italian villa to call your own for the night or the week—renting a villa, house, or cottage in Italy

 
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All the steps you can take to find the lowest price on the perfect place to stay in Italy

 
A basic continental breakfast is not worth the added expense (Photo by Karen Bryan)

I don't mean don't eat breakfast—just try to avoid overpaying the hotel for it

 
Hotels make it easy to drop off your laundry—and then charge an arm and a leg to wash your shirts and pants

Hotels try to pad your bill with overpriced extras and ancillary fees; here's how to avoid them

 
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A room with "external facilities" (shared bath down the hall) always costs less for this minor inconvenience

 
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A six-bedroom dorm at Rome&#039;s Des Artistes hostel (Photo courtesy of the hotel)

Cheap bunks in shared dorms and a backpackers-of-the-world-unite atmosphere

 
A family room can house the whole clan (Photo by John Hickey-Fry)

Crowd the clan into one room rather than renting two

 
Staying in a nearby, smaller city—lovely Prato is just a 20-train ride from Florence—can be cheaper (and more interesting) than in the big city (Photo courtesy of Trivago.com)

Get a hotel in the suburbs or next town over to save money

 
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Opaque rates can save you up to 60% if you book a bit blindly

 
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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

 
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Offer euros rather than Visa, and sometimes you can get a slight discount

 
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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)

 
Camping Panoramico Fiesole is in an Etruscan town in the hills right above Florence (Photo courtesy of Camping Panoramico Fiesole)

Camping and campgrounds (campeggi) are a cheap way to spend the night while traveling

 
A classic train couchette sleeping six (Photo by DB Autozug GmbH)

Sleeping in couchettes on overnight trains

 
You can stay at the medieval Tuscan Santuario della Verna, where St. Francis received the stigmata (Photo courtesy of La Verna)

Sleep in a religious guesthouse or retreat at monasteries abbeys across Italy from just €17

 
A frescoed room at Venice&#039;s Foresteria Valdese, a religious hospice (Photo courtesy of the property)

You don't have to take vows of chastity and poverty or wear those itchy woolen robes to shack up in an Italian convent for as little as $30. You don't even have to be particularly religious.

 
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 General

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Picnic like a king on the budget of a pauper in Italy

 
A cheap menu turistico (Photo © Reid Bramblett)

Menu à prezzo fisso, tourist menu, lunch menu—a fixed-price or set tourist menu may not be the best meal you could have at that restaurant, but it's certainly often the best budget option

 
A cheap menu turistico

Tips to save money on dining in Italy and eat better for it

 
Don&#039;t tip is the service is already included (Photo © Reid Bramblett)

Do not leave 15% when the gratuity is already included

 
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If you cannot avoid the breakfast charge, make the most of it

 
Many Italian bars lay our free snacks in the evenings (Photo © Reid Bramblett)
Free

Yes, there are a couple of ways to enjoy excellent Italian food absolutely free

 
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Be your own chef and you can save money and add an extra cultural experience to your trip

 

Lunch at a fancy restaurant will often cost less than dinner

 
Tripe sandwiches are a classic Florentine street food (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)

Become a street food gourmet

 
I Fratellini is a classic Florentine fischetteria, a hole in the wall selling excellent panini along with glasses of wine (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)

From tavole calde( mini-cafeterias)_ to pizza rustica (by the slice) to tripe sandwiches, there are many excellent (and inexpensive) Italian versions of fast food to try

 
Go for an appetizer sampler, a first course, and a dessert—skipping the steak—and you&#039;ll have a much more filling and interesting meal (Photo by Quinn Dombrowski)

Skip the big slab of meat and order two starters instead—more variety, lower cost

 
A sampler gets you lots of variety and a full meal for the price of a single dish (Photo by Foodie Buddha)

Eat less; save more

 
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Bottled water costs $2–$10. Aqua dal rubinetto (tap water) does not.

 
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Pick the Chianti My-Brother-In-Law, last-year's vintage

 

Planning a trip to General

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T-Mobile offers great plans for travelers (Photo courtesy of T-Mobile)

T-mobile offers the cheapest international roaming—it works in 140 countries and costs as little as $10–20 per month for voice and data.

 
An aggregator/consolidator like Auto Europe can let you compare car rental rates side by side (Photo courtesy of AutoEurope.com)

How to find the lowest rates on a rental car in Italy

 
Speed limits in Italy (Photo by Gigillo83)

Obey the speed limits of pay the (high) price

 

How to get the best deal on plane tickets to Italy

 
A good aggregator, like Skyscanner.net, goes right to the best deals, even if they&#039;re from a non-traditional source like Norwegian or Aeroflot (Photo courtesy of Skyscanner.net)

Aggregators search all the booking engines, airline sites, travel agencies, and airfare discounters in the blink of an eye

 
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Oh, waiter! There's a scam in my soup!

 
The Goolge.com/flights matrix can show you in a glance how to save big just by tweaking your travel dates (Photo courtesy of Google)

Some flexibility on your travel dates can save you up to 50%

 
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Why pay retail when wholesale airfares to Italy are available?

 
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.

 
Credit Cards (Photo by Frankieleon)

Using credit cards in Italy

 
You can book a shore excursion via a third party for much less than the ship charges (Photo courtesy of Viator.com)

Book your own cruise excursions for up to 40% less than the cruise ships charge

 
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How to decide if a rental car is the best choice for your Italy vacation

 
Italian ticketing machines in the Venezia-Santa Lucia train station (Photo by Richard, enjoy my life!)

How to get the cheapest fares on Italian trains

 
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Timing is the key to saving a bundle on airfare to Italy from North America

 
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Buy at the right time - The sweet spot is 6–12 weeks out

 
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How opaque fares work—"Express Deals" on Priceline and "Hot Rates" on Hotwire

 
A bancomat (ATM) in Italy (Photo Public Domain)

Using debit cards to get cash at an ATM (bancomat) in Italy

 
You&#039;d pay a 3% foreign transaction fee on all purchases with this Chase Visa card (and many others) (Photo courtesy of Chase Bank)

What are foreign transaction fees and how can I avoid them?

 
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Just what are Duty Free Stores in airports and when is Duty Free shopping a savings?

 
Hotel garages are expensive in every country (Photo )

The hotel garage will often be far costlier than a nearby public garage or other parking option

 
Explore all of Italy-or all of Europe—with a rail pass (Photo by Akwa)

Unlimited train travel in Italy, or Italy and some neighboring countries, or even all of Europe—Is a Eurail pass worth it?

 
EasyJet, one of the oldest and best low-cost carriers in Europe (Photo by Rob Mitchell)

Fly across Europe for as little as $25—welcome to the wonderful age of no-frills airlines, the little jet engines that could

 
There are better credit cards for travel out—there some you can even design yourself (I just thought this one was funny) (Photo by Ross Angus)

Where to get a low-fee credit card for traveling

 
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How to get the most out of renting a car in Italy with the lowest cost and least hassle

 
Fare alerts courtesy of Airfarewatchdog

From fare alerts to e-savers, deals newsletters to price predictors

 
Changing money (Photo © Reid Bramblett)

How to exchange your dollars for euros at the best rates (and lowest fees) possible in Italy

 
Credit card safety measures mean it will often be declined abroad if you don&#039;t warn the bank first (Photo Ruhow)

Call ahead to notify your credit card issuer of you travel plans

 
Shopping advice (Photo )

Top shopping tips for a trip to Italy to help you bring home the best gifts and souvenirs from your Italian travels at the best price

 
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Not all local advice is honest advice

 
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Sightseeing discounts for children, students, seniors, families, and teachers

 
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Get your airfare to Italy and rental car together and save on both

 
Discounts on Italian trains (Photo courtesy of FS)

Young adults, families, seniors, and couples can get 25%–50% off all trains

 
You&#039;d pay either $10 or 5%, whichever is greater, on each cash advance with this Wells Fargo Visa (and many others) (Photo courtesy of Wells Fargo Bank)

How to avoid the high fees and charges for credit card cash advances

 
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How to arrange for a short-term lease on a brand-new car in Italy—cheaper than a rental for longer periods, and far better insured

 
Gas in Europe is expensive (Photo by Images Money)

Prepare for REALLY expensive gas—like $7 per gallon—in Italy

 
Fly into London cheaply, and then elsewhere on a low-cost carrier (Photo © Reid Bramblett)

London is the cheap airfares turnstile of Europe, so fly cheaply into here and then elsewhere in Europe or North Africa on a no-frills airline for far less

 
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Roundups of deals and sales from many sources

 
Fare alerts courtesy of Airfarewatchdog (Photo courtesy of Airfarewatchdog)

Get automated updates on low fares and dropping plane ticket prices

 

Topics in General

Tuscany is lovely in every season (Photo clockwise from upper left: courtesy of Massimo Telò, Visittuscany, Camerone, KoenM)

The best time to go to Italy — Seasons, weather, and other considerations

 

Lodgings in Italy

An 8-bed dorm room at the Hiphophostel Le Village Montmartre hostel (Photo )
Hostels
Amalfi Coast

Ostelli (hostels) and other fun, cheap shared dorm lodgings in Amalfi Coast from €19 per person

 

Lodgings in Italy

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Farm stays
Campi Flegrei—The Phlegrean Fields

Stay on a working farm agriturismo near Campi Flegrei—The Phlegrean Fields and experience the best of Italian hospitality and countryside tradition

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

Sightseeing passes
Campi Flegrei—The Phlegrean Fields

Enjoy free admission to various Campi Flegrei—The Phlegrean Fields sights and monuments (along with skip-the-line privileges), plus discounts at other attractions

 

Lodgings in Italy

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Stay on a working farm agriturismo near Capri and experience the best of Italian hospitality and countryside tradition

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

Enjoy free admission to various Caserta sights and monuments (along with skip-the-line privileges), plus discounts at other attractions

 

Lodgings in Italy

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Farm stays
Cinque Terre

Stay on a working farm agriturismo near Cinque Terre and experience the best of Italian hospitality and countryside tradition

 
Rental rooms
Cinque Terre

Rental rooms in the Cinque Terre are called affittacamere, and they can be remarkably cheap

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

The Cinque Terre Card (left) and the trains-included Cinque Terre Treno MS Card (right) (Photo courtesy of the Parco Nazionale Cinque Terre)
Cinque Terre Card
Cinque Terre

Enjoy admission to the trail system and various Cinque Terre sights and monuments

 

Lodgings in Italy

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Farm stays
Florence

Stay on a working farm agriturismo near Florence and experience the best of Italian hospitality and countryside tradition

 
An 8-bed dorm room at the Hiphophostel Le Village Montmartre hostel (Photo )
Hostels
Florence

Ostelli (hostels) and other fun, cheap shared dorm lodgings in Florence from €19 per person

 
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Cheap hotels
Florence

Where to find inexpensive hotels in Florence

 

Dining in Italy

Quick bites
Florence

Where to grab a quick, cheap meal—Wine bars, street food, and fast food in Florence

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

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Enjoy free admission to various Florence sights and monuments (along with skip-the-line privileges), plus discounts at other attractions

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

Enjoy free admission to various Herculaneum sights and monuments (along with skip-the-line privileges), plus discounts at other attractions

 

Lodgings in Italy

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A room
Farm stays
Lazio lake district

Stay on a working farm agriturismo near Lazio lake district and experience the best of Italian hospitality and countryside tradition

 

Lodgings in Italy

An 8-bed dorm room at the Hiphophostel Le Village Montmartre hostel (Photo )
Hostels
Milan

Ostelli (hostels) and other fun, cheap shared dorm lodgings in Milan from €19 per person

 

Dining in Italy

There is rarely not a line

Where to grab a quick, cheap meal in Milan

 

Classic cafes in Milan

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

Enjoy free admission to various Milan sights and monuments—and free transit—with the Milano Pass, Milan Card, or Milan Tourist Museum Card

 

Lodgings in Italy

An 8-bed dorm room at the Hiphophostel Le Village Montmartre hostel (Photo )
Hostels
Naples

Ostelli (hostels) and other fun, cheap shared dorm lodgings in Naples from €19 per person

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

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Enjoy free admission to various Naples sights and monuments (along with skip-the-line privileges), free public transit, plus discounts at other attractions

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

Enjoy free admission to various Paestum sights and monuments (along with skip-the-line privileges), plus discounts at other attractions

 

Lodgings in Italy

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Stay on a working farm agriturismo near Pisa and experience the best of Italian hospitality and countryside tradition

 
A typical hostel dorm (Photo )

Ostelli (hostels) and other fun, cheap shared dorm lodgings in Pisa from €19 per person

 

Lodgings in Italy

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Farm stays
Pompeii

Stay on a working farm agriturismo near Pompeii and experience the best of Italian hospitality and countryside tradition

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

Enjoy free admission to various Pompeii sights and monuments (along with skip-the-line privileges)

 

Lodgings in Italy

A six-bed dormitory room in Rome&#039;s Des Artistes hostel (Photo courtesy of the property)

Ostelli (hostels) and other fun, cheap shared dorm lodgings in Rome from €19 per person

 
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Where to find inexpensive hotels in Rome

 

Dining in Italy

Focaccia panini (sandwiches) (Photo by Marco Verch)

Where to grab a quick, cheap meal—Pizza rustica, street food, and fast food in Rome

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

Typical prices and costs in Rome faced by visitors and tourists

 

Enjoy free admission to various Rome sights and monuments (along with skip-the-line privileges), plus discounts at other attractions

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

Sightseeing passes
Santa Maria Capua Vetere

Enjoy free admission to various Santa Maria Capua Vetere sights and monuments (along with skip-the-line privileges), plus discounts at other attractions

 

Lodgings in Italy

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Farm stays
Sorrento

Stay on a working farm agriturismo near Sorrento and experience the best of Italian hospitality and countryside tradition

 
An 8-bed dorm room at the Hiphophostel Le Village Montmartre hostel (Photo )
Hostels
Sorrento

Ostelli (hostels) and other fun, cheap shared dorm lodgings in Sorrento from €19 per person

 

Dining in Italy

Quick bites
Sorrento

Where to grab a quick, cheap meal—Pizza rustica, street food, and fast food in Sorrento

 

Lodgings in Italy

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A room

Stay on a working farm agriturismo near Tivoli and experience the best of Italian hospitality and countryside tradition

 

Lodgings in Italy

An 8-bed dorm room at the Hiphophostel Le Village Montmartre hostel (Photo )
Hostels
Venice

Ostelli (hostels) and other fun, cheap shared dorm lodgings in Venice from €19 per person

 
The Lista di Spagna, the main street leading from the train station towards the heart of Venice, is lined with cheap hotels (Photo © Reid Bramblett)

Where to find inexpensive hotels in Venice

 

Dining in Italy

The fruit and vegetable barge on Rio San Barnaba

Where to grab a quick, cheap meal—Pizza rustica, street food, and fast food in Venice

 

Planning for a trip to Italy

Typical prices and costs in Venice faced by visitors and tourists

 

Enjoy free admission to various Venice sights and monuments (along with skip-the-line privileges), plus discounts at other attractions

 
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Covers 11 civic museums and sights. Worth it.

 
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Covers 18 churches. Must visit at least 5 to make it a savings.

 
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Pre-booking service for sights, transit, and services offering minor discounts

 
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Saving Money tours
 
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Useful links
Useful Italian phrases

Useful Italian for rail travel

English (inglese) Italian (italiano)  Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
Where is? Dov'é doh-VAY
...train station la ferroviaria [or] la stazione lah fair-o-vee-YAR-ree-yah [or] lah stat-zee-YO-nay
ticket un biglietto oon beel-YET-toh
first class prima classe PREE-mah CLAH-say
second class seconda classe say-CONE-dah CLAH-say
one way solo andata SO-low ahn-DAHT-tah
round trip (return) andata e ritorno ahn-DAH-tah ay ree-TOUR-noh
Just the supplement Soltanto il supplemento soul-TAHN-toh eel sou-play-MEN-toh
Just a seat reservation Soltanto una prenotazione soal-TAHN-toh oo-nah pray-no-tah-tsee-YOH-nay
I have a Eurailpass Ho il Eurailpass oh eel YOO-rail-pahs
sleeping couchette una cucetta oo-nah koo-CHET-tah
berth in a sleeping car un posto nel vagone letto oon POH-sto nell vah-GOAN-nay LET-toh
track binario been-AR-ree-yoh
train treno TRE-no
car (carriage) carozza ka-RO-tza
seat posto PO-sto
departures partenze par-TEN-zay
arrivals arrivi ah-REE-vee
information informazione in-for-ma-tzee-OH-nay
left luggage deposito bagagli day-PO-zee-toh ba-GAHL-yee
     
punch your ticket timbrare il biglietto teem-BRA-ray eel beel-YET-toh
Is this the right platform for the Rome train? E questo il binario per il treno à Roma? ay KWAY-sto eel been-AR-ree-yo pair eel TRE-no ah RO-ma? 
delayed in retardo een ree-TAR-do
strike sciopero SHO-pair-oh
     
Mon-Sat Feriali fair-ee-YAHL-ee
Sun & holidays Festivi feh-STEE-vee
Daily Giornaliere joor-nahl-ee-YAIR-eh
City / Train station names
English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Main station
Rome Roma Termini
Florence Firenze Santa Maria Novella
Venice Venezia Santa Lucia
Milan Milano Centrale
Genoa Genova Porta Principe
Naples Napoli Centrale
Leghorn Livorno Centrale
Turin Torino Porta Nuova

Useful Italian for air travel

English (inglese) Italian  (italiano)   Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
Where is... Dov'é doh-VAY
the airport l'aeroporto LAHW-ro-port-oh
the airplane l'aereo LAIR-reh-oh
terminal terminal TEAR-me-nahl
flight volo VOH-lo
gate uscita d'imbarco oo-SHEE-tah deem-BARK-oh
to the right à destra ah DEH-strah
to the left à sinistra ah see-NEEST-trah
straight ahead avanti [or] diritto ah-VAHN-tee [or] dee-REE-toh
keep going straight sempre diritto SEM-pray dee-REE-toh
departures partenze par-TEN-zay
arrivals arrivi ah-REE-vee
delayed in ritardo een ree-TAR-doh
on time in orario een oh-RAH-ree-yo
early in avanti een ah-VAHN-tee
boarding imbarco eem-BARK-o
connecting flight la coincidenza la ko-een-chee-DEN-za
check-in accettazione ah-chet-ta-zee-YO-nee
immigration controllo passaporti cone-TRO-lo pah-sa-POR-tee
security check controllo di sicurezza kohn-TRO-lo dee see-kur-AY-tzah
customs dogana do-GA-na
shuttle la navetta lah na-VET-tah
boarding pass carta d'imbarco kart-ta deem-BARK-o
baggage claim ritiro bagagli ree-TEER-oh bah-GA-lyee
carry-on luggage bagaglio à mano bah-GA-lyo ah MA_no
checked luggage bagalio bah-GA-lyo

Useful Italian for car travel

English (inglese) Italian  (italiano)  Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
car automobile ow-toh-MO-bee-lay
scooter/motorboke un motorino oon mo-tair-EE-no
gas station stazione di servizio stah-zee-YO-nay dee sair-VEE-tzee-yo
gas benzina ben-ZEE-nah
diesel gasolio [or] diesel gah-ZOH-lee-oh [or] DEE-zell
Fill it up, please al pieno, per favore ahl pee-YAY-noh, pair fa-VOHR-ray
Where is... Dov'é doh-VAY
...the highway l'autostrada lout-oh-STRA-dah
...the state highway la statale [written "SS"] lah sta-TAHL-eh
...the road for Rome la strada per Roma lah STRA-dah pair RO-mah
to the right à destra ah DEH-strah
to the left à sinistra ah see-NEEST-trah
straight ahead avanti [or] diritto ah-VAHN-tee [or] dee-REE-toh
keep going straight sempre diritto SEM-pray dee-REE-toh
to cross attraversare ah-tra-vair-SAR-ay
toll pedaggio peh-DA-jo
parking parcheggio par-KEH-jo
road map carta stradale kar-ta stra-DA-lay
where can I pay the fine? dove posso pagare la multa DOH-veh Po-so pag-GAR-ray la MOOL-tah


Typical road signs / terms » more

English (anglais) French (français) 
Stop Stop
Exit  Uscita
Staffic light Semaforo
One-way Senso unico
Dead-end Strada senza uscita
Parking prohibited No parcheggio or parcheggio proibito
Pedestrian zone Area pedonale
Limited Traffic Zone (you pay to drive in) ZTL or Zona Traffico Limitato

Basic phrases in Italian

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) pro-nun-see-YAY-shun
thank you grazie GRAT-tzee-yay
please per favore pair fa-VOHR-ray
yes si see
no no no
Do you speak English? Parla Inglese? PAR-la een-GLAY-zay
I don't understand Non capisco non ka-PEESK-koh
I'm sorry Mi dispiace mee dees-pee-YAT-chay
How much is it? Quanto costa? KWAN-toh COST-ah
That's too much É troppo ay TROH-po
     
Good day Buon giorno bwohn JOUR-noh
Good evening Buona sera BWOH-nah SAIR-rah
Good night Buona notte BWOH-nah NOTE-tay
Goodbye Arrivederci ah-ree-vah-DAIR-chee
Excuse me (to get attention) Scusi SKOO-zee
Excuse me (to get past someone) Permesso pair-MEH-so
     
Where is? Dov'é doh-VAY
...the bathroom il bagno eel BHAN-yoh
...train station la ferroviaria lah fair-o-vee-YAR-ree-yah
to the right à destra ah DEH-strah
to the left à sinistra ah see-NEEST-trah
straight ahead avanti [or] diritto ah-VAHN-tee [or] dee-REE-toh
information informazione in-for-ma-tzee-OH-nay

Days, months, and other calendar items in Italian

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
When is it open? Quando é aperto? KWAN-doh ay ah-PAIR-toh
When does it close? Quando si chiude? KWAN-doh see key-YOU-day
At what time... a che ora a kay O-rah
     
Yesterday ieri ee-YAIR-ee
Today oggi OH-jee
Tomorrow domani doh-MAHN-nee
Day after tomorrow dopo domani DOH-poh doh-MAHN-nee
     
a day un giorno oon je-YOR-no
Monday Lunedí loo-nay-DEE
Tuesday Martedí mar-tay-DEE
Wednesday Mercoledí mair-coh-lay-DEE
Thursday Giovedí jo-vay-DEE
Friday Venerdí ven-nair-DEE
Saturday Sabato SAH-baa-toh
Sunday Domenica doh-MEN-nee-ka
     
Mon-Sat Feriali fair-ee-YAHL-ee
Sun & holidays Festivi feh-STEE-vee
Daily Giornaliere joor-nahl-ee-YAIR-eh
     
a month una mese oon-ah MAY-zay
January gennaio jen-NAI-yo
February febbraio feh-BRI-yo
March marzo MAR-tzoh
April aprile ah-PREEL-ay
May maggio MAH-jee-oh
June giugno JEW-nyoh
July luglio LOO-lyoh
August agosto ah-GO-sto
September settembre set-TEM-bray
October ottobre oh-TOE-bray
November novembre no-VEM-bray
December dicembre de-CHEM-bray

Numbers in Italian

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
1 uno OO-no
2 due DOO-way
3 tre tray
4 quattro KWAH-troh
5 cinque CHEEN-kway
6 sei say
7 sette SET-tay
8 otto OH-toh
9 nove NO-vay
10 dieci dee-YAY-chee
11 undici OON-dee-chee
12 dodici DOH-dee-chee
13 tredici TRAY-dee-chee
14 quattordici kwa-TOR-dee-chee
15 quindici KWEEN-dee-chee
16 sedici SAY-dee-chee
17 diciasette dee-chee-ya-SET-tay
18 diciotto dee-CHO-toh
19 diciannove dee-chee-ya-NO-vay
20 venti VENT-tee
21* vent'uno* vent-OO-no
22* venti due* VENT-tee DOO-way
23* venti tre* VENT-tee TRAY
30 trenta TRAYN-tah
40 quaranta kwa-RAHN-tah
50 cinquanta cheen-KWAN-tah
60 sessanta say-SAHN-tah
70 settanta seh-TAHN-tah
80 ottanta oh-TAHN-tah
90 novanta no-VAHN-tah
100 cento CHEN-toh
1,000 mille MEEL-lay
5,000 cinque milla CHEEN-kway MEEL-lah
10,000 dieci milla dee-YAY-chee MEEL-lah


* You can use this formula for all Italian ten-place numbers—so 31 is trent'uno, 32 is trenta due, 33 is trenta tre, etc. Note that—like uno (one), otto (eight) also starts with a vowel—all "-8" numbers are also abbreviated (vent'otto, trent'otto, etc.).