Sunday, 21 February 2016

Trip to Italy? 6 nights & 5 days budget!





Tips/ Advice
  • Every first Sunday of the month all the key Roman attractions are free of charge, but expect very large queues. 
  • All places of worship are free in Rome.
  • Aperitivo occurs around 6-9pm and is a great dinner option, very cheap. Between €5-15 for a glass of wine and all-you-can eat buffet. Look out for the signs around the cities, if in doubt just google options.
  • Watch out for places that have a service charge, remember to factor this in when budgeting your meals.
  •  Ideally buy more than one bus ticket in advance in Rome because often places won't be open, and you don't want to risk getting a fine - I mean... We did, but I'm not sure how likely it is you'll be checked!
Own Experience
Transport
- £10 flight from Stansted to Milan, £13.50 flight from Rome to Stansted.
- £25 train from Leamington to Stansted return.
- 50p Megabus Milan to Florence, £1.50 Megabus Florence to Rome.
- €11 train from Milan airport to centre.
- €4.5 metro fare overall (€1.50 metro fare for 90 minutes in Milan & Rome).
- €26 uber (€10 discount for first-time use, divided by 2 = €8 each)
- €1.50 bus (should be more like €5, but didn't pay for bus).
Overall spent on transport with EUR conversion: £84

Accommodation 
- Milan, free as stayed with friend.
- Florence: Hotel Bavaria €18 (£14) pppn - 4 stars out of 5 in terms of value for money.
- Air b'n'b: £14 pppn.
Overall spent on accommodation with EUR conversion: £70

Spending Money
Food and drink
- Roughly €6 pints, €8 cocktails, €4 wine.
- €8-12 pizza.
- €7 pasta.
- €4-6 panini/ calzone.
- €2.50 bottle of soft drink.
- €1.50 bottle of water.

Museums/ Attractions
- Milan Cathedral: €2.
            (5 out of 5 stars – Cheap value for money, pretty too).
- Museum of Ancient Art in Sforza Castle, Milan: €3 student.
            (1 out of 5 stars – Boring!)
- Museum of Modern Art/ Palace, Florence: €6.
            (2 out of 5 stars – Not that modern, some good work but too big to keep concentrating)
- Duomo Cathedral, Florence: Free.
            (4 out of 5 stars – Beautiful on the outside, amazing architecture, inside not much too see hence only 4 stars)
- Florence Basilica/ Museum/ Clock tower: €15 [Didn't enter].
- Castle Sant'Angelo: €5 student. 
            (4 out of 5 stars – Very nice views, a bit to read, more info would be nice)
- Sistine Chapel & Vatican Museums: €10
            (4 out of 5 stars – Very crowded, shuffle you through quickly, but pretty – again, more info would have been nice).
- St Peter's Basilica: Free entrance, not possible to reserve in advance. 
- Colosseum/ Roman Forum/ Palatine Hill: Free on first Sunday of month.

            (3 out of 5 stars – Little remains of the real Colosseum, exciting to know the type of place you’re standing in though)

Overall for 6 nights & 4 full days:  £246 spending money + £84 transport + £70 accommodation = £400. Spending money would have been A LOT cheaper without alcohol. 

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