Budget-Friendly Things to Do in Tuscany

Monday, February 10, 2014

Anyone who has traveled knows that it’s very easy to go over-budget. Whether it’s too many four-course meals or purchasing every souvenir you can find, travel can be quite expensive. And travelling to Tuscany is no different. Although Tuscany and especially Florence do have the reputation for being on the expensive side, there are many ways to make your trip more affordable. Here are some things that come to mind.

Get an affordable place to stay: When you hear the words luxury and villa put together, do you immediately conjure up the image of a depleted bank account? The truth of the matter is that some lodging in Tuscany is on the expensive side. However, it isn’t impossible to find a good deal. In fact, we offer our Price Promise Guarantee on all of our luxury Tuscan villas. If you find a lower price for the same villa at the same date, we will match the price. Our Tuscany villa rentals are the lowest priced in the region.

See art for free: Although we highly recommend that you visit the Uffizi and Accademia, they are a bit on the pricier side. There are discount passes available, but we also suggest that you check out many of the free art all around Florence.  For example, we suggest that you visit the Santissima Annunziata, a church that has been around since 1250. Here you will find the mannerist fountain, the Ferdinando I de Medici equestrian statue and countless paintings from the Renaissance. What’s more, it’s free.

Find cheap, delicious food: For dinner, it might be okay to splurge on a four course meal with plenty of delicious Tuscan wine, but there are many affordable options for brunch and lunch to consider as well. We recommend veering away from the Centre as here is where you’ll find the most expensive menu items. If there is a festival going on while you’re in Tuscany, we recommend making a stop. You’ll often find free local food here too!

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