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2 Weeks in Italy Travel Cost – Our Budget Breakdown

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Discover our detailed budget breakdown to know what the Italy travel cost is, including travel costs, accommodations, food, and more!

Italy is likely on your bucket list if you haven’t already been. It’s history goes back centuries and you can walk where the ancient Romans walked. It’s gorgeous, the food, the weather, the language… it’s all rather lovely. 

We have visited Italy a handful of times now, and don’t worry, we aren’t done yet. This post covers our first two-week trip to Italy and all our expenses. 

We’ll cover our Italy travel cost, how much to budget for Italy, how much a trip to Italy will cost, and more!

As a quick note, we are not backpackers; we rarely stay in hostels and are very cautious with street food. We like to save money where possible, but we certainly spend it on what is important to us.

This is not representative of what you will spend in Italy, even for the same period of time or season. This is merely an overview of what we spent and some of our tips and reasons for the amounts. Please use it as a guide to your future trip to Italy!

Italy Travel Cost

This post is all about what our 2 weeks in Italy travel cost us for two people.

2 Week Italy Itinerary:

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Italy is one of those places you’ll instantly go to and fall in love with. You wish you had more time to explore every little town you went through. We personally took a road trip from Rome to Milan over the course of two weeks. This allowed us to hit a few smaller towns like Anguillara and a small farmhouse in Tuscany. You can just as easily travel through Italy via public transportation as they have a great train system!

14 nights, 15 days

  • Rome – 4 nights
  • Anguillara – 2 nights
  • Tuscany – 2 nights
  • Florence – 3 nights
  • Cinque Terra – 2 nights
  • Milan – 2 nights

Best Time to Visit Italy

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The best time to visit Italy is during the shoulder seasons of spring (April to June) and autumn (September to October). The weather is mild and pleasant during these times, making it ideal for exploring the cities and countryside. Additionally, the cost of accommodation and flights tends to be significantly lower compared to the peak summer season, with fewer crowds, allowing for a more enjoyable experience.

Italy Travel Cost

Flights

Total: $

We flew from the EU, so it was an easy little hopper flight for us. However, your prices can vary greatly if you are from the US. We personally use FareDrop to find all our roundtrip flights from the US at a big discount. The best airports to fly into from internationally are Rome, Naples, or Milan.

Entry Fees

Total: $0

Fortunately, we didn’t have to incur any entry fees for our trip to Italy. As US citizens, we were able to take advantage of the Schengen Area policy, which allows for visa-free travel for up to 90 days within a 180-day period. It’s important to note that entry requirements can change, so be sure to do thorough research before your trip. We typically search for “entry requirements Italy” to find the most accurate information on government websites.

Accommodations

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Total: $910

Average: $65 per night

Since we traveled during the off-season, we found great deals on hotels and rentals. Since we had a car, we could stay a bit further away from things for a lower rate and just drive to our specific destinations or take public transportation. You’ll find a range of accommodations depending on your budget and the amenities you want. Remember, seasonality is huge in Italy (and most of western Europe), so your time of year will really make a big difference in your rates.

Food & Drink

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Total: $1,100

Average: $75 per day

Average: $38 per person per day

We ate out practically every single day. Our breakfasts were light (meat and cheese or pastries with espresso) and very inexpensive. We usually had a bigger meal for lunch so we could sit outside at the warmest part of the day in autumn. For dinners, we sometimes ate on the go with driving, or we’d grab stuff at the grocery store to make sandwiches or salads. We did go out a few nights as well.

A few things to note about dining out in Italy. You dine out forever at dinner time. Seriously, they have 4 or 5 courses over 3+ hours. It’s an event and soooo much (delicious) food. That’s why lunch was a bit more appealing for us because you can get just one course without being looked at funny. This will help you save money too so you don’t get roped into buying the four or five courses, because it is fun.

Also, alcohol is very cheap. A local beer or glass of wine will cost you €3-5. A bottle of house wine (or even a liter) may only be €8-12. Water is always a bottle of water unless you specifically ask for tap water (which is perfectly safe to drink) and usually costs as much as a beer.

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Travel Insurance

Total: $40

Don’t forget to get your travel insurance for your trip. This will cover you if you happened to get injured while traveling through Italy or even if you flight gets canceled and you need to stay an extra day in Milan (secretly a dream of mine).

SafetyWing is a great option to get full coverage (including a range of “extreme” sports) at a really affordable price. They have great customer service and can answer any questions you may have!

For a weekend getaway or a long-term adventure, SafetyWing has you covered. They cover medical accidents, lost luggage, emergency response, and natural disasters. AND it’s affordable!

Transportation

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Total: $550

Average: $35 per day

We rented a car for the majority of our two weeks in Italy. We first visited Rome for 4 nights and then picked up the car at the airport. We always book our rental cars in Europe through DiscoverCars and got a great deal for this trip. We paid around $30 daily for the car (including DiscoverCar’s optional insurance – highly recommend). Gas (aka petrol) is more expensive than in the US, which was fairly surprising. We paid over $6 per gallon (converted Euros and Liters) plus tolls and parking fees. All of these are hard to avoid with a car, which is why public transportation is such a popular and efficient option.

Getting from the Rome Airport (FCO) is super straightforward with their train system. It cost us $15 per person per way, so not super cheap, but it was a super convenient option. Once in town (like Rome, Florence, etc.), you can easily use a contactless card for all trains, buses, and trollies. They are affordable and run often, making it easy to get around.

Excursions

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Total: $150

We visited some of the most iconic cities in the world on this trip and had to decide what excursions would be worth it for us. There are a million and one things to do in Italy. We chose a few things that were important to us. Here are the breakdowns of the major items.

  • Vatican City: $45
  • Colosseum & Roman Forum: $45
  • Museum (Statue of David): $40
  • Cinque Terra Hiking Pass: $20

Top Activities in Italy

Personal

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Total: $180

For a two-week trip through one of the best countries in the world (for shopping), I was surprised I could keep this so low. We had to purchase a few cold-weather items (jackets and scarves) because November was colder than expected. We also travel pretty light with our carry-ons. That means we can only bring small liquid containers, so we had to restock some personal care items. We, of course, also purchased a few souvenirs and gifts for friends and family.

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Total Italy Travel Cost

Total: $2,900

Average: $210 per day

Average: $105 per person per day

Total with Flights:

Over a magical two weeks in Italy, we spent nearly $3,000. Being one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, we are super happy with how we did. In the future, I would travel via train between big cities and only rent a car if I know I am traveling more off the beaten path. Other than that, we enjoyed ourselves to the fullest and didn’t feel like we missed out on anything because of the budget.

This post was all about what our 2-week trip in Italy travel cost us for two people.

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