Take Your First International Trip In 2018: Here's An Italy Itinerary For 2 Under ₹50,000

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Milan, Rome, Florence, and Venice. Felice Viaggio!

That's the dream, right? An Italian sojourn for which you won't need to give up all your savings. Well, I've found the perfect list of hotels and other hacks that can turn this dream of yours into a sweet reality.

Although this Italian itinerary will have inexpensive recommendations, it does not mean that I'm going to suggest some godforsaken places just for the sake of writing it. I'm only including the most stunning Italian cities – Rome, Florence, Venice, and Milan! After reading this itinerary, you'll realise how an Italian trip can magically seem inexpensive if you plan it well enough.

PS: Flight prices to and from India are obviously not included in the ₹50,000 budget.

Saving tip: While taking a flight from India, always fly from New Delhi to Rome and take the return flight from Milan. The tickets are the cheapest this way. If planned well, return flights for two people can be easily booked in under ₹60,000. Now, let's find out how to do the rest.

3 days in Rome

The Colosseum. Credits: Willian West

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Rome is Italy in a nutshell. Universally agreed upon as one of the most romantic and inspiring cities to live in, Rome is an exhilarating blend of historical ruins and vibrant streets. The city's artistic heritage is paralleled by only a few across the world; some reasons for this are the Colosseum, St. Peter's Basilica and the Byzantine mosaics throughout its geography. A trip to Rome could also be either religious (a day at the Vatican) or completely dedicated to fashion owing to its dolce vita culture. You can randomly sit at any roadside cafe or bar and watch the sun go down with your partner by your side, or you can follow the hordes because when in Rome...

Free things to do while here: Pay homage at St. Peter's Basilica where you can find the iconic Pietà statue by Michelangelo. Visit the Bocca della Verità and tell a lie – legend has it that the huge face will bite you if you fib, so keep your fingers out of the way. You must already be aware of the iconic Trevi Fountain in which you throw coins and seek a wish; that's a must-visit place.

Where to eat: Here are the three cheap but outstanding places to eat in Rome: Two Sizes, at Via del Governo Vecchio, Pane e Salame, at Via di Santa Maria, Lost Food Factory at Via della Maddalena. All three serve vegetarian food too; the last one has vegan options as well.

Where to stay: Following is a beautiful option to ensure that this trip remains within your budget.

Credits: Booking.com

Photo of Hotel Villa Teresa, Via di Castel Giubileo, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy by Prateek Dham

How much for 2: ₹1,517

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Approximate expenditure for 2: ₹11,550 (₹4,550 on stay + ₹5,000 on food + ₹2,000 on travelling & miscellaneous)

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On the fourth afternoon, take a GoEuro train to Florence. The average ticket costs ₹680. You'll reach Florence within three hours. You can book a ticket online here.

2 days in Florence

City of stars. Credits: Greg Paul Miller

Photo of Florence, Italy by Prateek Dham

Food and wine, and everything fine – Florence is the birthplace of the Renaissance Movement. Hence, there is no dearth of world-class art, history and tradition in this little town. Its narrow cobbled pathways are reminiscent of romantic Italian movies of the yore, and are perfect for aimless evening strolls with your loved one. Don't be surprised if you come across architectural masterpieces around every corner though, the town is replete with medieval chapels and museums all over. Florence is also famous for its hyper-stylish indigenous fashion being the hometown of world-renowned designers such as Guccio Gucci and Salvatore Ferragamo, you'd find family-run boutiques everywhere.

Free things to do while here: San Miniato Al Monte is an eerie but gorgeous church about Piazzale Michelangelo which you should visit. Take a stroll at Piazza Della Signoria and enjoy the collection of sculptures in the arcade nearby; there are also plenty of great roadside restaurants where you can sit and people-watch. However ridiculous it may sound, but you can also take a free walking tour of Florence; many guides just want to share their adoration of the gorgeous city with others and hence organise walking tours without charging anything.

Where to eat: Here are the three cheap but outstanding places to eat in Florence: 1. SandwiChic at Via San Gallo, 2. Panini Toscani at Piazza del Duomo, 3. I' Girone De' Ghiotti at Via dei Cimatori. All three serve vegetarian food as well.

Where to stay: What makes Florence a must-visit is its gorgeous yet affordable stays. Here is one fantastic option.

Credits: Booking.com

Photo of Vigna Vecchia Palace, Via della Vigna Vecchia, Florence, Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy by Prateek Dham

How much for 2: 2,212

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Approximate expenditure for 2: ₹9,924 (₹4,424 on stay + ₹3,500 on food + ₹2,000 on travelling & miscellaneous)

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On the third afternoon, take a GoEuro train to Venice. The average ticket costs ₹680. You'll reach Venice within three hours. Book online here.

3 days in Venice

The floating city. Credits: Tom Podomore

Photo of Venice, Italy by Prateek Dham

The city of love, and arts and culture. You'd be lying if you say Venice is not on your bucket list of dream destinations. With iconic architectures, eclectic cuisines, trend-setting boutiques and artistic masterpieces almost everywhere, Venice is one of the most instantly recognisable cities in the world. It's a dream come true for art lovers owing to its gorgeous mix of old Venetian and modern Italian architecture. The resulting epic grandeur is accentuated by the signature Grand Canal Waterway through the city, culminating fittingly at the Palazzo Ducale and Basilica di San Marco. You need to visit it to believe it.

Free or inexpensive things to do while here: If you wish to catch the true pulse of Venice, Piazza San Marco is the place to be. With historic buildings, chic cafes and live music in the evenings, you can just sit anywhere and enjoy the true Italian culture. Visit the baroque Basilica Santa Maria della Salute Church in the Dorsoduro neighbourhood. With striking steps leading to the entrance, you are then witness to dramatic interiors containing several sculptures. Museo della Musica is a free-to-visit museum of music in a prime location of Venice; there are plenty of musical instruments and an exhibition on violin making that you can check out once here.

Where to eat: Here are the three cheap but outstanding places to eat in Florence: 1. Cocaeta - Non Le Solite Crepes at Fondamenta San Giobbe, 2. Torrefazione Cannaregio at Sestiere Cannaregio, 3. All'Arco at Sestiere San Polo. The first one has vegan options as well, and the third one serves vegetarian meals too.

Where to stay: Following is a beautiful option within your tight budget.

Credits: Booking.com

Photo of Harry'S Guest House, Calle Arigoni, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy by Prateek Dham

How much for 2: ₹3,441

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Approximate expenditure for 2: ₹17,323 (₹10,323 on stay + ₹5,000 on food + ₹2,000 on travelling & miscellaneous)

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On the fourth afternoon, take a GoEuro train to Milan. The average ticket costs ₹680. You'll reach Milan within three and a half hours. Book online here.

2 days in Milan

Via Montenapoleone. Credits: Angelo Amboldi

Photo of Milan, Italy by Prateek Dham

The capital of Italy is one of the most fascinating cities in Europe since it is filled with as many historical insignias as its modern counterparts. Being the administrative capital of Italy, Milan is also understandably bureaucratic to some extent. What's really enviable here is the beauty of everyday things. The roadside cafes and bars are designed to welcome and not merely swindle. The overall humour is deadpan, but hilarious. It's an outstanding city and a relatively cheap European destination from India.

Free things to do while here: Duomo di Milano is one of the most iconic symbols of Italy; also known as the Milan Cathedral, one can climb up to check out the city view from the top by paying a nominal fee. If you've watched enough Italian cinema, you might have developed preconceived notions about the country – a visit to the tiny old alleyways of Brera will validate your ideas and you can click a thousand Instagram-worthy pictures here. Finally, take a stroll down the most fashionable street in world – Via Montenapoleone; if you are travelling on a budget, it'll obviously be difficult for you to buy anything here, but window shopping will be a treat to your fashion desires.

Where to eat: Here are three cheap but outstanding places to eat in Milan: 1. Macelleria Equina Da Vito at Via Lorenteggio, 2. Piadineria Artigianale Pascoli at Via Niccolo Paganini, 3. Mr. Panozzo at Via Enrico Noe. The first one has gluten-free options available, while the other two have vegetarian as well as vegan options.

Where to stay: Unlike contrary beliefs, one can actually stay in Milan on a budget. Here's one beautiful option to consider.

Credits: Booking.com

Photo of Hotel Emmy, Via Fra Galgario, Milan, Metropolitan City of Milan, Italy by Prateek Dham

How much for 2: ₹2,883

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Approximate expenditure for 2: ₹10,766 (₹5,766 on stay + ₹3,000 on food + ₹2,000 on travelling & miscellaneous)

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It's time to head back home with a heavy heart, but at least your pockets aren't too much lighter. Now, let's have a final look at your overall spending to make you feel better.

Total approximate expenditure for 2: ₹49,563 (₹11,550 (Rome) + ₹9,924 (Florence) + ₹17,323 (Venice) + ₹10,766 (Milan)).

There you have it then, an actual itinerary for you and your friend to experience the best of Europe in 10 days in under ₹50,000. If you still believe it to be unbelievable, ping me and let's talk in detail!

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