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How to Save Money on your Tuscany Vacation

How to Save Money on your Tuscany Vacation

You’ve made the excellent decision to go to Tuscany on your vacation and experience all that this beautiful part of Italy has to offer. You’ve opted to stay in one of the best villas in tuscany so your vacation really feels special, but now you want to rein in some of your spending. The good news is that while you may be prepared to pay a little extra to stay somewhere luxurious, you can save cash elsewhere, and here’s how:

Save Money on your Flight

Flights to Tuscany are typically one of the most expensive parts of your time away. However, there is a real potential to save cash if you book your flight at the last minute. Alternatively, you could use your credit card to pay for the flight so you earn points that can be redeemed at a later date so you have a cheaper flight next time. Remember, you don’t have to travel first class every time you fly. Save your money and fly with everyone else and save a least a few hundred dollars each way.

Buy Food From a Supermarket

While you may be tempted to eat out every day, you should consider buying food from a supermarket. Tuscany is home to many different supermarkets that sell locally produced food, some of which you’re unlikely to find back home. Give into temptation and enjoy those local dishes that are for sale in the supermarkets. Don’t worry about the cost as buying food from a supermarket is so much cheaper than eating out every day.

If you do choose to eat out now and again, you may want to head to Trattoria Chiribiri which is found at  Piazza della Madonna 1. This delightful restaurant offers tempting dishes for approximately €3-5 cheaper than many eateries. Of course, there are many other restaurants in the area, but this one happens to be a particularly cheap one.

Avoid those Guided Walks

While going on a guided walk may be a great way to see the Tuscan hills you could pay as much as €20 per person. Instead of spending all that cash, why not head to the tourist office that’s located at Piazza del Duomo 1 and buy a map for approximately €8? Not only will you save money, but you’ll also have the freedom to explore the hills at your own pace.

If you must go on a guided tour, you may want to think about joining tours that take place near the end of the tourist season. When the tourist season that starts in April to June, and again from September to October is about to end tours tend to be quite a bit cheaper. The tours will also be a bit quieter too as most visitors to the region come during the long hot summer months. So, save your money and take a tour while the area is quiet, they’re much more enjoyable.

Sample Some Street Food

Not everyone is aware that street food is for sale in Tuscany. We tend to associate street food with places like India, New York City, and other far-flung places. However, Tuscany is home to many establishments that offer a quick bite to eat for a lot less than you think. In fact, some restaurants have a window out of which they serve dishes to those passing by. So, if you would like to enjoy a delicious paninari or a cecina, you need to be on the lookout for those restaurants that offer street food. Alternatively, you may want to buy something tasty from one of the many little delicatessens that have a queue right out of the door.

One of the best things about eating street food is that it tends to be pretty cheap, and you can purchase something tasty to eat without breaking the bank. What’s more is you’ll also have the chance to enjoy some freshly cooked traditional Tuscan meals that the locals enjoy every single day.

Use Public Transport

While many visitors to Tuscany are more than happy to hire a taxi, they don’t always come cheap. This is where Tuscany’s public transport can help by offering you the chance to get from A to B and back again for a lot less. Travelling by train is one of the easiest ways to get to where you need to be. Prices tend to be quite good and the trains will pretty much take you anywhere. Please note that while a train will take you from one part of Tuscany to another, it’s unlikely to take you to the centre of the town which can typically be found on the top of a hill. This is because the trains tend to stop at the bottom of the hill, meaning you will have to make your own way up either by bus or on foot. However, as I previously mentioned, travelling by train will not cost you the earth, so forget about booking a taxi and jump on the next train instead.

Most of us don’t mind splashing out when we go on vacation, however, we can end up spending a lot more money than we originally planned. The good news is that with a little bit of effort on your part you can have the luxury vacation you’ve always dreamed of without breaking the bank. Save money on your flights, buy food from a few local supermarkets, and forget those expensive guided tours. Finally, sample some delicious and freshly made street food before hopping on a train that takes you back to your villa.

Naomi Isted
Editor in Chief, Naomi Isted is known as The Ultimate Lifestylist to her readers and viewers. She is a TV Presenter and Columnist. Ranked in the Top 100 LFW Social Media Influencers AW14 & SS15, Brand Ambassador for Pears Soap UK. Her Celebrity beauty TV Series currently airs to 27million homes on Physique TV in UAE, previously on Wedding TV in the UK. She brings fashion and beauty advice to her readers and viewers on a daily basis. She is Fashion and Beauty Columnist for Herald Scotland and has a Fashion and Beauty Bridal Blog for HELLO. She can usually be found attending celebrity fashion and beauty events in and around London and sharing the latest fashion and beauty trends with her readers.

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