Italy is one of the most popular countries for tourism in the world. It is easy to spend a fortune here between the wine, the food, the luxury shopping, and more. But you can still have an authentic Italian experience without going over your budget. Just check out this list of six things to do in Italy for under 10 USD!
1. Get fresh Italian cuisine from the Mercato Centrale in Florence (varies)
The Mercato Centrale is full of fresh produce, olive oil, sweets, and more. The Mercato Centrale is worth a visit just to have an authentic Italian experience, but it is also a great place for a meal. Head to the back corner and you will find tons of cheap eats. From fresh pasta to handmade panini, you will be able to find a delicious and authentic meal for just a few euros.
2. Pose in front of the Leaning Tower of Pisa (free)
It may be a common way to spend a day, but a visit to Pisa is a lot of fun. Tourists surround the still-shifting tower and come up with clever photos to take next to the famous monument. The tower is a striking site and a worthy visit, but if you can swing a few extra euros, consider heading into the Baptistery and the Piazza Dei Miracoli.
3. Climb the Spanish Steps in Rome (free)
Of course there is the Coliseum, the Trevi Fountain, and the Vatican, but there is another site in Rome that is completely free and draws people from around the world. The Spanish Steps are 135 steps built in the 1700s. From the top, you get an amazing view of Rome’s historic landscape.
4. Hike between the towns in Cinque Terre (8.23 USD/7.50 EUR)
The small fee covers to cost of the hiking pass. The most popular starting town is Monterosso. From there, you can hike to Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. You can hike straight through and do it in a day, or you can stay overnight in one of these quaint towns and finish the hike over two (or even more) days. The hike is fairly accessible to most people and features breathtaking vistas around every corner.
5. Try authentic Italian pizza in Naples (4.36 USD/4 EUR)
The pizza is delicious in every city in Italy, but it is hard to beat the place where it all began. While any restaurant in the area will have a delicious pizza, L'Antica Pizzeria da Michele in Naples is one of the most famous pizzerias. Enjoy a whole pizza for just 4.36 USD (4 EUR).
6. Walk the walls around Lucca (free)
Lucca is a cute town near Florence that is a great way to spend a day. Just meandering the city is enough to keep you occupied, and climbing the bell tower is always fun, but the real treat is walking the walls. The ancient walls still surround the city and you can walk around the whole city atop these walls. It’s a reasonably short walk (it takes an average of 1-2 hours) and it is entirely free.
Enjoy Italy on a budget
From delicious meals to full day activities, exploring Italy on a shoestring can be easier than you ever expected. Hopefully, this list of fun and cheap things to do in Italy will help make your trip unforgettable!
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