“What should we budget for 2 people for 12 days in Italy – is $10,000 enough?” asked new clients recently.
After talking to them about their interests, we discussed a few possible Italy itineraries I thought they’d like, and the costs of each. They wanted to focus on culture and the north, and loved the balance of the Tuscan countryside + coast, the foodie culture of Emilia-Romagna, and the dramatic scenery and adventure in the Dolomites. Even though their budget had to include flights from New York, the answer to their question turned out to be yes: $10,000 was going to be enough, but they would have to budget pretty tightly. Because they were traveling in June, we assumed round-trip airfare would be $2,500, and that turned out to be correct. Keep reading to see how we allocated the remaining $7,500 – or 5,700 Euros – across the rest of the trip.
Their budget: summary
Total: €5,600 or about $7,300
They are going to have a fantastic trip: they’ll have the freedom and independence of a car in the Italian countryside, with local guides to put everything in context and add depth; they’ll enjoy seaside and countryside and mountain scenery including some amazing hikes; they’ll see castles, walk on the beach, visit a parmesan factory, go paragliding and eat very well. And the whole trip will cost them about ten thousand dollars. Luckily, they said they don’t like shopping.
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