Italy Travel Budget - Visit Italy on a Budget or Travel in Style


How much does it cost to travel to Italy?

You should plan to spend around $181 (€167) per day on your vacation in Italy. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $49 (€45) on meals
  • $29 (€26) on local transportation
  • $184 (€169) on hotels

A one week trip to Italy for two people costs, on average, $2,536 (€2,332). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
    $181
    167
  • One Week Per person
    $1,268
    1,166
  • 2 Weeks Per person
    $2,536
    2,332
  • One Month Per person
    $5,435
    4,996
  • One Week For a couple
    $2,536
    2,332
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
    $5,073
    4,663
  • One Month For a couple
    $10,870
    9,992
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Italy cost?

A one week trip to Italy usually costs around $1,268 (€1,166) for one person and $2,536 (€2,332) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Italy on average costs around $2,536 (€2,332) for one person and $5,073 (€4,663) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Italy will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Italy on average costs around $5,435 (€4,996) for one person and $10,870 (€9,992) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.




How much do package tours cost in Italy?

Organized tours are usually more expensive than independent travel, but offer convenience and peace of mind that your trip has been planned by a travel expert.

The average price for an organized tour package in Italy is $299 per day. While every tour varies by total price, length, number of destinations, and quality, this is the daily average price based on our analysis of available guided tours.



Independent Travel

Traveling Independently has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Italy expensive to visit?

Italy is a moderately priced destination to visit. It's about average with most other countries for travel costs. The prices for food, accommodation, and transportation are all fairly reasonable.

Within Europe, which is known to be an expensive region, Italy is moderately priced compared to the other countries. The overall cost of travel here is comparable to Andorra or the Netherlands.

For more details, see Is Italy Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Italy?

The average Italy trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Italy travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.


Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) 169 ($184)
Local Transportation 1 26 ($29)
Food 2 45 ($49)
Entertainment 1 26 ($28)
Tips and Handouts 1 6 - 19 ($7 - 20)
Alcohol 2 8 - 25 ($9 - 28)
Accommodation Budget in Italy
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Italy is $92 (€85). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Italy is $184 (€169). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.


  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
    $92
    85
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
    $184
    169

Hotel Prices in Italy

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Italy based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $108. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Local Transportation Budget in Italy
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • The cost of a taxi ride in Italy is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $29 (€26) per person, per day, on local transportation in Italy.


  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    $29
    26

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What did other people spend on Local Transportation?

Typical prices for Local Transportation in Italy are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the Local Transportation prices in Italy, but your costs will vary based on your travel style and the place where the purchase was made.


  • Bus
    4.00
  • Train to Naples
    14
  • Taxi
    15
  • Train to Lecce
    44
  • Bus Ticket
    1.60
  • Local Bus Ticket
    4.20
  • Bus From Airport
    6.00
  • Ferry to Capri (Round Trip)
    35


Food Budget in Italy
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • While meal prices in Italy can vary, the average cost of food in Italy is $49 (€45) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Italy should cost around $20 (€18) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Italy is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.


  • Food2 Meals for one day
    $49
    45

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What did other people spend on Food?

Typical prices for Food in Italy are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the Food prices in Italy, but your costs will vary based on your travel style and the place where the purchase was made.


  • Espresso
    2.00
  • Dinner
    58
  • Bread
    1.00
  • Coffee
    2.00
  • Snacks
    4.00
  • Cheese and bread
    10
  • Dinner
    25
  • Dinner
    35


Entertainment Budget in Italy
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • Entertainment and activities in Italy typically cost an average of $28 (€26) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.


  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    $28
    26

Recommended Activities

What did other people spend on Entertainment?

Typical prices for Entertainment in Italy are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the Entertainment prices in Italy, but your costs will vary based on your travel style and the place where the purchase was made.


  • Archaeology Museum of Bologna (for 2)
    12
  • National Gallery Museum Bologna (for 2)
    12
  • Food Tour (for 2)
    31
  • Hop-on-Hop-off Bus Tour (for 2)
    67
  • Wine Tasting Tour (for 2)
    115
  • Juliet's House Entry
    4.00
  • Verona Card
    10
  • Chair & Umbrella at Beach
    10


Tips and Handouts Budget in Italy
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in Italy is $14 (€12) per day. The usual amount for a tip in Italy is 5% - 15%.


  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers
    $14
    12


Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps Budget in Italy
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • Unfortunately, bad things can happen on a trip. Well, you've just got to deal with it! The average price for a scam, robbery, or mishap in Italy is $48 (€44), as reported by travelers.


  • Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps1
    $48
    44


Alcohol Budget in Italy
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • The average person spends about $18 (€17) on alcoholic beverages in Italy per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
    $18
    17

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What did other people spend on Alcohol?

Typical prices for Alcohol in Italy are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the Alcohol prices in Italy, but your costs will vary based on your travel style and the place where the purchase was made.


  • Beer
    10
  • Beer
    2.00
  • Beer
    4.00
  • Wine
    6.00
  • Bottle of Wine
    11
  • Bottle of Limoncello
    16
  • Beer
    2.56
  • Glass of Local Wine
    2.90


Water Budget in Italy
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • On average, people spend $4.57 (€4.20) on bottled water in Italy per day. The public water in Italy is considered safe to drink.


  • Water2 Bottled water for one day
    $4.57
    4.20


Last Updated: Mar 5, 2024
Expert Advice from Local Travelers

We're asking our community members and registered users to contribute their experiences about Italy.

Why would you recommend Italy to budget travelers? Or, why not?

There's a reason everyone loves Italy! There are so many great restaurants that aren't expensive. The local hotels are cheaper than the major chains. We spend so much time just wandering and soaking up the cities.

nomad_for_life
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Jun 14 2023

What makes Italy a budget-friendly destination? Or not?

Italy was one of the more affordable countries we visited in Europe. We went to Rome, which is comparable to most larger cities, and then we went to some of the lesser known places which were really cheap.

Cynthia
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Dec 21 2023

How can you save money during your time in Italy?

We visited in October, which was perfect because it was cheap, not crowded, and the temperature was pleasant.

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Oct 31 2023

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Italy on a Budget
Italy Cinque Terre
Romantic Italy is a destination that many people dream of visiting. It's rich in culture and beauty, and it's one of those places that truly lives up to the hype. Vineyards cloak the rolling hills in Tuscany, and in the far north beautiful lakes are surrounded by the dramatic peaks of the Alps. You can wander through the ancient ruins in Rome or get lost in the canals of Venice. Stunning coastal villages cling precariously to the rocky coastline. You can get lost in the towns around Cinque Terre or head further south to the Amalfi Coast. This country can easily be explored as a highlights tour, but if time allows, get of the beaten path. Many people hit the major sights like Rome, Florence and Venice, but to truly experience all that this area has to offer you must see the countryside, the coastline, and the small villages. Spend some time leisurely lingering in Tuscany. See a whole different side of the country in Sicily. Chat with the locals, but most importantly dine leisurely on pasta and sip wine by the vineyards. Italy really can surpass expectations, even though those expectations have often been set high.

Because of the area's high popularity, travel costs can be high. It's possible to find cheaper meal options and if you're on a particularly tight budget, order your food to go. Most restaurants charge a sitting fee if you dine inside. Hotels are usually of high quality but the rooms are smaller than you might expect if you're used to traveling in the United States. Choose a hotel based on location, not size, and you won't be disappointed. Traveling in the off season or shoulder season can also save you lots of money. This will also help you avoid the crowds which can be overwhelming during the summer months. If you can visit the area during the fall or spring, then this is ideal, as the weather is pleasant, the crowds are less, and prices remain low. Winter can be cold, but is also a fun time to visit. Traveling to Italy during the winter months helps you see a whole different side to this normally touristy country.
At A Glance
  • Train travel can be expensive in Italy. Costs are generally comparable to what you will find elsewhere in Europe. You'll usually get the best prices if you book your tickets in advance. There are discount passes available, but these passes usually come with limitations and requirements, so they are rarely worth the deal.

  • Southern Italy is less expensive than northern Italy. It's also less touristy. If you're looking to save some money and get off the beaten path, head to the south where your money will go farther and you'll see a whole different side to the country.

  • You'll save money on food if you have a filling lunch in a restaurant and then prepare a picnic for dinner. There are many great markets where you can pick up Italian cheeses and breads as well as regional wine for a good price. Even if you don't have access to a kitchen, you can turn these items into and excellent meal.

  • Most people visit Florence, Rome and Venice during their trip to Italy. Pick at least one small town to visit that is off the beaten path. Spend a day or two exploring its streets and neighborhoods and you'll leave with a whole new perspective on this country.

  • Avoid doing a tour. Italy is easily visited independently. Transportation is excellent and the tourist infrastructure is well established. There is really no need to visit this country as part of a package tour.



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Top Tourist Attractions
The Amalfi Coast: The Amalfi Coast is a stunning stretch of coastline on the Sorrentine Peninsula. It is popular with tourists for its dramatic cliffs, historic towns, and picturesque vineyards. It's a popular stop off for cruises, but if you're traveling on your own you can easily explore the towns in more depth.

Venetian Canals: The canals in Venice are idolized around the world. There have been several attempts to replicate them, but nothing can recreate the atmosphere of wandering the streets and canals in the city of Venice. Take a gondola ride for the full experience.

Cinque Terre: This is a rugged piece of coastline that is known as the "Five Lands." Along the water's edge you will find five villages are strategically positioned along a walking trail that is lined with vineyards. Most villages do not allow cars, so the towns feel as if you've stepped back in time to a forgotten world.

Popular Foods
Italian food is famous worldwide. There is rarely a country you can visit where you can't find some form of Italian pasta or pizza. Often times, these international versions pale in comparison to what you get within the country. In Italy, you can expect homemade pastas and natural ingredients. The meals usually require a few simple ingredients and the flavors speak for themselves. Sauces are rarely heavy, and the ingredients all have the freshest flavor. If you're looking for a good restaurant, head outside of the touristy areas into a local neighborhood and you likely won't be disappointed.

Fegato alla Veneziana: This is a traditional Venetian dish that is made from thinly sliced veal liver and onions, sauteed and served together.

Gnocchi: Gnocchi is a dumpling dish that is made with wheat flour, potatoes, butter, and egg. It's usually served with any number of sauces, anything from tomato to pesto to cheese based. It's a filling dish that is often part of a first course, but people many choose to make it their entire meal.

Risotto: This Italian rice dish is made with Arborio rice which is usually cooked in a broth and served with cheese. It's often topped with vegetables or mushrooms and has a very rich flavor. It's a nice alternative to pasta, but still has a similar Italian flavor. Unlike most rices, Arborio rice is very creamy and brothy, giving it the texture of pasta.

We've been gathering travel costs from tens of thousands of actual travelers since 2010, and we use the data to calculate average daily travel costs for destinations around the world. We also systematically analyze the prices of hotels, hostels, and tours from travel providers such as Kayak, HostelWorld, TourRadar, Viator, and others. This combination of expenses from actual travelers, combined with pricing data from major travel companies, gives us a uniqe insight into the overall cost of travel for thousands of cities in countries around the world. You can see more here: How it Works.



1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.