Tours in Italy - Italy on a Budget tours - Italy #1 tour operator for 18-39's students, backpackers and travellers on a budget. Lots of days tours, short breaks and adventure holidays in the main Italian destinations; Florence, Tuscany, Rome, Venice, Cinque Terre, Amalfi coast and lots more.

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2h WALKING TOUR OF POMPEII

Join our licenced tour guide of Pompeii for a 2h walking tour of one of the most important Italian archeological sites. This tour consists in a marvellous walk around of the ancient roman city of Pompeii, buried from the ashes of the volcano Vesuvius in 79 a. D. In 2 hours our licensed tour guide be able to show you the highlights and the most important parts of the site. During the walking tour you'll have the feeling of wandering in a still alive town while learning about the history of the town and how the romans lived showing you all the most important public buildings and private houses.   DETAILS DAYS Thursdays and Sundays from April until the end of September MEETING TIME 12:45pm MEETING POINT In front of the Suisse restaurant opposite the Carabinieri sign next to main entrance of the site MIN - MAX Tour guaranteed with a minumum number of 7 people NOTE The entry ticket to the site is not included in the walking tour. The price is € 13.00 If you are booked on the Amalfi coast tour, the entry ticket to the site is included.   

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3DAY AMALFI COAST TOUR from Rome - Winter ( 1 Oct to 31 Mar )

A short break to discover the Amalfi coast with its breathtaking scenery, traditions & great food. Small groups led by Italian local guides fluent in English... for an authentic Italian experience and more fun!   Day 1: Rome  - Pompeii - Naples Meet up with our Italy on a Budget tour leader in the morning and travel by train from Rome towards the South of Italy, the land of great food, passion, sun and old traditions. Our first stop will be Naples where our top rated hostel is located. After checking in and a bit of time to freshen up we will head to our next stop of the tour: Pompeii Free time to explore the UNESCO world heritage site buried by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in AD 79 and one of the most significant proofs of Roman civilization. Pompeii, like an open book, will provide outstanding information on the art, customs, trades and everyday life of the past. Back to Naples in the afternoon where you will be taken for an orientation walk around the center and to scenic points of the coast to enjoy the sunset. Stop in some shops to taste limoncello and local products before we head down for dinner in a traditional restaurant for the best Neapolitan pizza of your life. Day 2: Amalf Coast ; Amalfi, Positano & Ravello  Depart in the morning  by private van/coach for a full day trip to the Amalfi coast and its wonders  with sheer cliffs and a rugged shoreline dotted with small beaches and pastel-colored fishing villages. Our first stop will be the town of POSITANO where you will fall in love with its cascade of colourful houses. At your own peace, relax at the beach of this amaizing village and grab a bite on one of the typical shop selling fresh local food or spoil yourself buying some sandals hand made by the local artisans to bring home as the perfect souvenir of the trip.  The trip will then continue towards AMALFI,  the capital of the maritime republic between 839 and around 1200 and the perfect place where to taste a freshly made Rum Baba and Neapolitan cannolo . Here you will have free time to relax on the beach or visit one of the most stunning Italian cathedral. Our last stop on the Amalfi coast will be RAVELLO, an enchanting mountaintop setting on Italy’s most beautiful coastline also named the city of music with those views that have captivated countless souls, inspired artists and filled hearts with passion Back to Naples in the evening.  Day 3: Naples - Rome Spend the entire morning crusing the streets of Naples famous for its shopping, monuments and views of the Mt Vesuvius. We will catch the train back to Rome in the early afternoon right after lunch.  We return at 4:00pm approx What's Included: - Transport from/back to Rome - Entry ticket to Pompeii heritage site - 2 nights accommodation in a top rated hostel in Naples - Orientation tour of Naples - Limoncello tasting - Welcome dinner in Naples - Full day on the Amalfi coast stopping in Amalfi, Positano & Ravello - Local English speaking guide - Info and local facts of each destination   DETAILS: MEETING POINT: Walk outside Termini train Station on the right hand side in via MARSALA. Turn left and keep walking up the road towards the HOTEL ROYAL SANTINA. We meet right in front the hotel. MEETING TIME:  9:00am RETURN TIME: Back to Rome Termini train station at 4pm approx DAYS: 3 days.  ACCOMMODATION TYPE: Hostel in the centre of Naples. 6/8 bed shared dorm and private room available PRICE From € 199 in a 6/8 bed mixed shared dorm   From € 250 in private room  DEPARTURES October, November, December, January, February, March -  Tour departing every Friday NOTE - Departure guaranteed with a min. of 6 people  - A week prior the departure will send you the final details about the meeting point and time. Feel free to check all the photos of our trips to the Amalfi coast on our FACEBOOK PAGE   ADD ONS: - Need ACCOMMODATION IN ROME the day before the trip or when we retun back to Rome? Contact us and we will be able to book you on one of our partner hostels located 5mins walk from the meeting point for the tour and the Termini train station.   - Book the GUIDED TOUR in POMPEII for only € 15.00 with one of our licensed tour guides for a full experience of the archeological site.     COMBINE THE AMALFI COAST TRIP WITH OUR 4 DAYS BEST OF TUSCANY WINTER        

A DAY IN TUSCANY from Rome

A day trip from Rome to 3 famous villages of Tuscany ; Siena, San Gimignano and Monteriggioni including wine tasting in the Chianti region. Departure Time from Rome at 7:00am by high speed train Departure Time from Florence at 9:00am by minivan First stop in San Gimignano: 1h free time to visit the village and check out the shops Scenic drive throughout the Chianti region, the Tuscany wine area, stop in a farm for wine tasting Third stop of the day Monteriggioni, also reknowed as the crown of Italy: free time for photos Final stop is Historic city of Siena: orientation walk of the city then free time to check out the Duomo and the famous sights. Return back to Florence 5:30/6pm Return back to Rome 8:00pm approx DETAILS WHEN MONDAY, THURSDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY MEETING PLACE Italy on a Budget tour office in Florence TIME The train departs from Rome Termini at 07:00am approx. RETURN Back to Rome at 8:30pm INCLUDED IN THE PRICE Return train ticket from/toRome, transport in a 8 seat mini van from Florence, our fun and informative local English speaking guide,  stop in San Gimignano, stop in Siena, orientation walk in Siena, quick stop in Monteriggioni and wine tasting with snacks . LUNCH Optional lunch of tradional Tuscan dishes for only € 15.00. Pre book it online or organise it with your guide in the morning. IMPORTANT - You won't meet one of our team in Rome but you will travel by train independently from Rome to Florence and back ( tickets included ). You will meet us directly in Florence at the tour departure point. Directions will be provided at the moment of the booking - Full details of the train ticket will be sent by email to the customers a few days before the tour. On the ticket you will find the train number and seat assigned. - Make sure you get on the train and platform as per the ticket sent 10 mins prior the tour. - No refund will be issued to clients who miss the train PRICE € 130 pp

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Accademia Gallery morning Guided visit

A morning tour of the Accademia Gallery where you will see the most important works of Michelangelo in Florence. WHAT'S INCLUDED Staff Assistance at the Meeting Point Licensed tour Guide Museum entrance ticket with advanced booking fee (guaranteed admission and skip the general entry line) Earphones for a minimum of 15 people DETAILS WHEN: Every day except on Monday CLOSE OUT DATES: May 1st and on the first Sunday of each month DURATION: Approx. 1 Hour and 15 minutes inside Accademia Gallery  MEETING PLACE: 15m prior starting time  at the Accademia Gallery Museum, in front of the entrance reserved to the booking holders. An Assistant will wait for you holding a  yellow sign GUARANTEED DEPARTURE: min. 2 pax IMPORTANT INFO: Italy on a Budget collaborate with a licensed local operator providing museums guided tours.  Complete Operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination,are included on your confirmation Voucher.

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AFTERNOON COOKING COURSE IN FLORENCE

Who doesn't like the Italian cuisine, a plate of delicious pasta or a mouth-watering dessert? Come and learn how to make some typical Italian dishes to impress your date or family once you return back home. Do not miss the opportunity while you are in Italy to get your hands dirty during our cooking class taught by local professional chefs in a real cooking school in Florence. You will also receive an apron and recipes so that you won't forget a fun and truly delectable experience!   Choose between the Monday and the Tuesday course   EVERY MONDAY: Regional cuisine Come and experience how the various regions of Italy each developed a unique taste for produce.Find out where and when some typical dishes were invented (lasagne, risotto alla milanese) and give them a try by cooking and then tasting the delicious outcome!   EVERY TUESDAY: Tuscan cuisine Learn how to make traditional Tuscan dishes. Tuscany, an amazing region that hosts mountains and rolling hills, well-known for its refined wines, as well as several prominent seaside dishes. DETAILS: WHEN MONDAY and  TUESDAY* The courses won't be available from the 15DEC-04JAN and from 10AUG - 31AUG MEETING TIME 2:45pm MEETING POINT At our office on Via Nazionale 149r opposite Hotel Galileo PRICE € 60.00 INCLUDED IN THE PRICE cooking lesson, all the ingredients used to prepare your meal, wine,  tasting of the cooked recipes, an apron and some useful recipes to bring back home. DURATION 2h45/ 3h NOTE:  The cooking course is held by an Hospitality School which is the first WACS (World Association of Chefs Societies) recognized school in Italy and operate since 1997 providing both professional programs and amatorial classes. The course is an academic course with lessons open to private customers, being aware about the fact they’ll be in a class, and not just in an average cooking school. The lesson includes a lecture about a daily topic. The lecture always includes the cultural background of the specific recipes and the cooking method explanation. The chefs are at same time the teachers of the school, professionals with years of experience and a solid academic background.                                    

AMALFI COAST TOUR from Rome

4 DAYS - POMPEII, SORRENTO, CAPRI, AMALFI COAST, POSITANO & NAPLES  Relax, fun and breathtaking scenery that you will never forget. Small groups led by Italian local guides fluent in English for an authentic Italian experience & more fun     Itinerary: DAY 1 : Rome 09:00am - Pompeii Archaeological site - Sorrento DAY 2:  Boat tour to Capri Island - full day in Capri DAY 3:  Day tour to the Amalfi Coast with free time in Positano and Amalfi  DAY 4:  Sorrento - Naples - Rome back at 5:00pm What's Included: Private transport from/back to Rome Small groups - max 25 Entry ticket to Pompeii heritage site 3 nights accommodation in Sorrento Orientation tour of Sorrento town Limoncello and chocolate tasting in Sorrento Boat tour to the island of Capri Full day on the Amalfi coast stopping 2h in Amalfi and 3h in Positano 4h stop in Naples Orientation walk of Naples Local and passionate Italian tour leader ( english speaker! ) Info and local facts of each destination    DETAILS: DEPARTURES: From April till October every Thursday / June, July and August  every Thursday and Monday MEETING POINT: Via Marsala, 22 by Roma Termini train station at 09:00am RETURNS: Back to Roma Termini at 5:00pm approx  DURATION: 4 days.  PRICE: from € 269 in 3 bed shared cabin - from € 320 in private ensuite cabin ACCOMMODATION TYPE: Camping Village in Sorrento located on top of a panoramic hill just 10 minutes walk to the historical centre.            THE VIEW FROM THE CAMPSITE: Check out all the photos of the trip from previous travellers on our FACEBOOK PAGE   Did you know that... PAYMENT OPTIONS If you are short in cash, pay a 50% deposit online when booking by using the code " DEPOSIT "  and pay the remaining balance in full only 6 weeks prior the tour. TRAVEL MORE You want to see more of Italy? Link up the Amalfi coast tour with the Best of Tuscany, the Buongiorno Italia, or the Let's go North  in the same booking and SAVE money. MORE DEPARTURES If you wish to visit the Amalfi coast from October to March, we run our 3D AMALFI COAST WINTER tour.   What people say about this tour  “The Amalfi Coast tour is amazing” I did the four day tour of the Amalfi Coast with Italy on a Budget Tours and absolutely loved the experience. The group was made up of people of the same age who were all travelling, so we were able to get along really well and swap stories about travels. Irene was a fantastic guide from the very start. She was bright and happy and enthusiastic throughout the trip. She knows a lot of the locals around the coast so travelling was made easy and hassle free. The schedule was still flexible enough for us to spend our own time at the different towns and do your own thing at night. I've travelled independently many times before, but I don't think I could have seen or experienced as much by myself. And it was made all so much better by Irene's enthusiasm and knowledge of the area. Really great value for money and a must do if you want to travel this region!                                                                                                      Read more

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BUONGIORNO ITALIA - 7 DAYS/ 6NIGHTS

Visit the most famous Italian cities in 7 days. ROME - FLORENCE - PISA - CINQUE TERRE - VENICE with a local crew. Experience the best of Italy with your crazy and fun Italian guides for a real Italian adventure. ITINERARY: Monday DAY 1: Arrival to Rome  DAY 2: Old city centre & Vatican city DAY 3: Free morning in Rome - Florence  DAY 4: Pisa & Cinque Terre day tour  DAY 5: Full day in Florence DAY 6: Venice Sunday DAY 7: Check out Venice    WHAT'S INCLUDED: 6 night accommodation Welcome dinner in Rome Welcome drink and "aperitivo" buffet food in Florence. Full time expertise and service of our awesome Italy on a Budget tours guides. We are all local guides for a real Italian experience Train tickets to Florence and Venice on fast speed trains. Orientation walks in Florence, Rome and Venice led by the Italy on a Budge tour leaders Maps, info and tips about all places DETAILS DEPARTURES: All year round. The tour starts on a Monday and end on a Sunday in Venice at 10:00 am  PRICE: from € 599 in 3 bed shared cabin - from € 900 in private ensuite cabin   ACCOMMODATION TYPE: 6 nights in our favourite budget accommodations. 2N in Rome in a 6/8 bed shared dorm ( hostel ) - 3N in Florence in a 6/8 bed shared dorm ( hostel ) - 1N in Venice ( hostel or camping village ).  Private accommodation is available too.  TOUR TYPE: Good mix of organised activities with our team to meet new travellers and free time to explore on your own.  GROUP SIZE: min. 2 - max 15 Check out all the photos of the trip from previous travellers on our FACEBOOK PAGE NOTE:  1. All final details will be sent by email  2. You can arrive to Rome whenever it is best for you. Check in time is from 3:00pm but if you arrive earlier feel free to store your bags in the accommodation. Tour will officially start in the late afternoon ( 5:00pm approx ). DID YOU KNOW THAT... TRAVEL MORE You save money when combining the Buongiorno Italia with the Amalfi coast tour departing on Thursday from Rome and returning back on  Sunday just before you start the 7 day trip on Monday. PAYMENT OPTIONS If you are short in cash, pay a 50% deposit online when booking by using the code " DEPOSIT "  and pay the remaining balance in full only 6 weeks prior the tour. ADD NIGHTS If you are arriving a day earlier in Rome, you can select the extra night before finalising the trip. If you wish to extend your stay in Venice, make sure you select the extra nights   What people say about this tour  " Buongiorno Itallia " Sasa and Alex were the best guides!! They were so knowledgable and funny and we loved spending the few days on the tour with them. Everything was so well done and professional. We got to see so much in a short time and for a very good price. This was the best tour we found in Italy and Sasa and Alex made it even better! The hostel they set us up in was one of the nicest I've ever stayed in. The transportation with either the bus or the train was very efficient, nice, and fun!!   read more

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CARNIVAL OF VENICE - day trip from Florence

Join us for an amazing day tour from Florence ​through the world's most famous festival, the Carnival of Venice. Our trip starts from S. Maria Novella train station where you will meet our tour leader who will accompany you through this amazing day in Venice. Once in Venice enjoy an orientation walk through the labyrinth of alleyways towards Rialto bridge and Grand Canal. Learn the history of this enchanting city and discover the extraordinary architectural masterpieces strolling along the narrow streets, called Calle. We will stop to admire an infinity variety of beautiful and fancy masks artfully decorated with feathers, glitter, stones and bells. It may takes days for maskmakers to decorate a traditional carnival mask and somethimes they can cost hundreds euros. Don't worry as in some popular stalls it’s easy to find something alike, for half the price so make sure you buy your own. The orientation ​tour​ will end in St. Mark's Square where fantastic costumes are displayed and “The Best Masked Costume Contest” takes place every day. Here you will have plenty of opportunity for amazing pictures. You will be then free to ​continue exploring the city and its costume parades and​ enjoy the live music in the main square of the city​. ​ DETAILS: MEETING TIME 8:00am MEETING POINT At the main entrance of the pharmacy located inside Santa Maria Novella Train station opposite platform 16 INCLUDED Return train tickets, our local guide, orientation walk of Venice, info and maps. RETURN BACK TO FLORENCE 7:30pm PRICE € 69pp  

CITY SIGHTSEEING FLORENCE

Hop on CitySightseeing open top red bus and you’ll admire this wonderful city and its hills from another “higher” perspective! CitySightseeing offers 3 different bus lines to let you reach many of the places of interest of the city: from Piazzale Michelangelo to Ponte Vecchio and to the beautiful Fiesole. Onboard you will find interesting commentaries which will provide you with information about everything around you: you will listen not only to the history of its elegant palaces,  buildings and monuments but also to legends, historical events, popular sayings, gastronomic curiosities and much more. You can hop on or off at the indicated stops as many times as you want, get closer your favourite places and enjoy a tasty Florentine ice-cream! DETAILS PRICE ADULT 1 DAY  € 20.00 (the validity of the ticket terminates with the last run of the same day when the customer changes the voucher with the received) 48H € 25.00 3DAYS      € 30.00   (the validity of the ticket terminates 3 Days after that the customer has change the voucher with the received)

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CITY SIGHTSEEING ROME

Suspended between history and legend, myth and beauty, Rome still preserves its infinite charm and its unrivalled wonders. From ancient times to the Middle Ages, from Baroque to modern times, every age saw the Eternal City shining in its magic splendour. Today it is possible to visit the places which made Rome immortal by observing it from another point of view, from a new and original perspective, on board our double-decker buses. City Sightseeing® Rome will allow you to travel through history and visit the places where the ancient Romans lived their social and political life as well as to admire the great Papal Rome, with its fine buildings and beautiful churches, by just sitting comfortable on board our buses. You will be able to visit the many churches, monuments, palaces, squares and streets of Imperial and Christian Rome, of Baroque and Modern Rome. Each bus has a highly technological, multilingual commentary system in eight (8) languages available for every passenger, which will not only keep you entertained, but also well informed about the city. You can admire the great monuments of ancient Rome like the Imperial Forums, the Coliseum and the Circus Maximus. You will see the most beautiful Christian places like St. Peter's Basilica and Santa Maria Maggiore. One must also visit the squares and streets where the history of Rome was written such as Piazza Venezia, Piazza della Repubblica, Piazza del Popolo and Piazza Barberini. Then you can enjoy a walk among the coffee shops of the Dolce Vita in Via Veneto and later drive along the river Tevere and admire Trastevere, one of the old quarters of the City, with its typical restaurants and bars, where you can taste typical Roman dishes. Thanks to our City Sightseeing®© unmistakable red, open-top, double-decker buses, whose prestigious brand is renowned worldwide, you will discover that Rome has never been easier and more enjoyable to visit. Don’t miss this opportunity, please get on board and let us provide you with a unique experience! DETAILS PRICE ADULT 1 DAY  € 28.00 (the validity of the ticket terminates with the last run of the same day when the customer changes the voucher with the received) 48H € 31.00 3DAYS      € 35.00   (the validity of the ticket terminates 3 Days after that the customer has change the voucher with the received) BUS TERMINAL Terminal A: Termini-Marsala (Via Marsala, 7) Terminal B: Largo Di Villa Peretti (Largo Di Villa Peretti, 1) FREQUENCY from 9:00 am to 6:00pm 15' SEASON All year round

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CLASSIC VENICE GONDOLA RIDE

You can't leave Venice without taking a gondola ride! A visit to Venice is not complete unless you take a gondola ride down the world-famous Grand Canal. Enjoy Venice from the privileged view of a condola, accompanied by its gentle movements. A classic gondola ride is the perfect way to appreciate the beauty, charm and color of this unique city built on water. You will be enthralled by the elegance of the grand mansions with their fine facades and richly toned plaster work. You’ll also explore many hidden canals so small you can literally touch the palazzos and breathe in the Italian culture, all the while being cradled in the atmosphere unique only to Venice. Feel part of an ancient Venetian tradition and experience Venice as the locals have for more than a thousand years. The tour ends with the landing at the station Vallaresso (Dogana). DETAILS: MEETING POINT Campo San Luca TIME 11:00am  - 2:00pm - 4:30pm summer schedule 12:00pm - 2:30pm - 4:30pm winter schedule DURATION 30mins approx WHEN Daily PRICE € 31pp   PLEASE NOTE: - Please reach at the meeting point 10 minutes before the tour starts. Venice can be a labyrinth so you want to give yourself enough time to reach the right meeting point. - This is not a private tour, so you will have others along to make it all the more festive and fun! - Seating is on first come first served basis and left to the discretion of gondolier in order to balance the load on Gondola. - There is no serenade (singing) or commentary on this Gondola option. - Minimum number of people per gondola is 4 and the maximum number of people is 6 - As no explanation are needed, this tour does not foreseen language services   IMPORTANT: you MUST print all pages of the voucher you will receive after booking to present the voucher at the tour start point or attraction entrance

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COOKING CLASS IN TUSCANY

Work on your Italian baby food belly with this fun cooking course set in a Tuscany farmhouse Spend a RELAXING DAY in the heart of the Tuscan countryside learning everything this land has to offer and get a baby food from the amount of delicious plates you are going to prepare. The cooking course will take place at a RURAL VILLA not too far from San Gimignano, one of the most beautiful medieval towns in Tuscany surrounded by olive trees and vines in the Chianti region. This is where the cooking course will take place and where you will learn and prepare yourself how to create AUTHENTIC TUSCAN DISHES from a funny and knowledgeable locals: Antipasti, HOMEMADE PASTA with two different sauces, second courses, dessert and lots more. During the meal you will also taste 3 different types of WINE TO TASTE produced in the region by a local winery that you will be able to buy at a very low cost before returning back to Florence. At the end, our chef will give you a recipe book for you to remember a A TRULY HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE IN TUSCANY.   DETAILS: WHEN MONDAY, WEDNESDAY AND FRIDAY.  MEETING TIME 9:40am MEETING POINT In front of our office on Via Nazionale 149r DURATION 7h. Back to Florence by 5:00 pm INCLUDED IN THE PRICE Our local and informative guide, transport, private cooking class at the Tuscan villa, lunch with wine tasting and a recipe book. PRICE: € 100 LOW COST Do you have your own car? Book the cooking clas only for € 70pp MIN/MAX min1 - max 8  AGE LIMIT  no children under 15 TIPS: WHY NOT VISITING SAN GIMIGNANO? Ask your guide to be dropped off in San Gimignano instead of going back to Florence and make your own way back by public bus. In this way you can visit this beautiful town as well. 

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DISCOVERING SICILY from Catania - 5DAYS/4NIGHTS

5 days to discover and explore the most famous towns of Eastern Sicily including Catania & Taormina, hike the active Mt. Etna and relax at the beach. This is the perfect getaway to Sicily to visit the best of Sicily in a short time. ITINERARY DAY 1: STARTS IN CATANIA DAY 2: MT. ETNA VOLCANO & TAORMINA DAY 3. FREE DAY / BEACH DAY DAY 4: SIRACUSA & NOTO DAY 5: END IN CATANIA   WHAT'S INCLUDED: Local tranport 4 nights accommodation in Catania Orientation walk of the city Return tickets to Siracusa and Noto Excursion to Mt. Etna & Taormina Welcome dinner Welcome pack Italy on a Budget trip leader Please note: Flights are not included in this trip. This tour meets on Wednesday at 3:00pm directly at the accommodation provided by us on the tour program sent before the trip. If you would like to arrive on Friday please contact info@italyonabudgettours.com. DETAILS: STARTS On Wednesday in Catania ENDS  On Sunday in Catania  ACCOMMODATION TYPE Hostels & Budget hotels in the centre of Catania MIN/MAX  Trip guaranteed with a min of 6 people confirmed NOT INCLUDED - Flights. Meet us at the hostel and we will start from there. If you arrive a day earlier or wants to stay a day longer, let us know and we can organise the accommodation for you. - City taxes. Starting from next April 1st 2012 all clients staying in any hotels/ hostels / campsites in Italy have to pay a city tax. The fee is COMPULSORY and MUST be paid DIRECTLY in hotel. In general is between € 1 and € 3 per person per night. - Food and Drinks where not specified however our guides will always have great recommendations about local and affordable restaurants for delicious meals. - Entry tickets to museums and monuments which are not included in our walking tours.

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E - Bikes Villa Demidoff

A SIX HOUR SELF GUIDED E-BIKE TOUR DEPARTING AT 9:30am TO UNESCO HERITAGE PARK VILLA DEMIDOFF SEE 16th CENTURY COLOSSUS OF APPENNINO, ENJOY A PICNIC AMONGST THE STATUES AND GET A TASTE OF TUSCAN LIFE IN THIS FORMER MEDICI ESTATE. If you would like to experience a more relaxing day away from the centre of Florence, this is a perfect tour for you! Spend the first 1.5 hours cycling in the countryside from Florence through Fiesole and onto Villa Demidoff; UNESCO Heritage country park, teaming with historic buildings, beautiful statues and expanse of rolling park that you can explore on your electric bike. Enjoy a picnic or visit the café for lunch and play some games before making the return downhill ride back to Florence.   WHAT'S INCLUDED: Full day E-Bike rental GPS Map and phone holder for the ebike Picnic blanket and games for the park Large panniers for the bikes Helmets, locks and 3rd party insurance Bag storage at the shop if required   DETAILS: WHEN:  FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY MEETING TIME: 09:15am MEETING POINT: E-Bikes Florence shop Via Santa Reparata 7R (off Via Guelfa) DURATION: 6h – 8h. MIN/MAX: Min.1 - Max 12   Please note:  The e-bikes do most of the work for you, but we recommend that you are a confident cyclist, comfortable cycling with other road users and over 1.55m tall to do this tour (they are Dutch electric bikes and quite tall). You will need a smart phone for the map, we have phone holders for the bikes and if download the app “Maps.me” you can follow the GPS map offline, without a mobile phone signal. Bring a bottle of water and plenty of sunscreen and wear clothes suitable for a day’s cycling.

EASTER BREAK IN FLORENCE - 4days/3nights

4 DAYS IN FLORENCE TO CELEBRATE EASTER FROM € 299 Why? Easter is one of the best occasions to visit Florence and Tuscany, in fact on Easter Sunday, a cart, packed full of fireworks and other pyrotechnics, is lit and provides a historic spectacle in the civic life of the city. This event is called " Scoppio del Carro", the 'Burst of the Carriage': the most famous ceremony of Florentine Easter that goes back to the times of the first crusades and mixes the Christian rite to the pagan tradition with the worship of fire. The Holy fires comes on a carriage hauled by six white Ox. Than the carriage is fired with a special fuse called the “colombina”. And if the “explosion” (fireworks) is well done, it will be a good year for Florence. DETAILS: CHECK IN FRIDAY 30 MARCH  CHECK OUT MONDAY 2 APRIL FRIDAY 30.03 – FLORENCE Receive a welcome pack at arrival with free city maps and information about the city. Spend the afternoon in complete freedom visiting the famous Florentine museums including the David. Meet our team in the afternoon and head together to the old centre passing by the main monuments. Hear about the history, the traditions and sites of Florence from your tour leader and end the evening in a local bar for what the locals call the aperitivo. ( D ) SATURDAY 31.03 - SIENA, SAN GIMIGNANO, MONTERIGGIONI & CHIANTI REGION WITH WINE TASTING Get ready for a day trip to visit the famous Tuscany region with its 3 Medieval villages Siena, San Gimignano and Monteriggioni. Finally stop in the Chianti region in a local winery to taste the delicious Chianti wine, truffle olive oil, balsamic and extra virgin olive oil.  Return back to Florence at 06:30pm. Free evening to spend with your new friends or to relax at the accommodation. SUNDAY 01.04 - EASTER SUDAY IN FLORENCE Spend the whole day in Florence to assist the Easter celebrations, parades, fireworks and the explosion of carriage held in front of the Duomo. Take part to the mass celebrations in the Duomo and spend the afternoon checking out the monuments of the city. Meet our team in the evening and we will take you in a traditional trattoria for a typical and mouth-watering Florentine dinner in the city centre. Dinner will be the perfect moment to spend the last night in Florence with your new friends. ( D ) MONDAY 02.04 - CHECK OUT On the fourth day, unfortunately you will have to leave your room by 10am. However, feel free to store your bags in our office and finish checking out the last monuments of Florence or join one of our city tours to find out more about the city. DETAILS: CHECK-IN On day 1 you must check in by the Italy on a Budget office on via nazionale 149R open from 10am to 5pm. Please inform our team about the time you are expecting to arrive to Florence. NIGHTS 3 ROOM 6/8 bed dorm in one of our partner hostel in central Florence. Private room also available on request if not online ADD NIGHTS  It's possible to add extra nights NOTE - We recommend you to arrive to Florence before 1pm to spend a full day in Florence - You must inform us about the time you are planning to arrive to Florence - The order of the activities can change depending on people's arrival. INCLUDED: - 3 nights accommodation in Florence - Welcome pack with city map and local info - Experienced italy on a Budget tour guides - A Full day exploring Tuscany with wine tasting in Chianti and a visit to 3 famous medieval villages - Welcome wrink and orientation walk of the city - Dinner in a traditional Florentine restaurant OTHER FANTASTIC WAYS TO SPEND EASTER IN ITALY: 7D BUONGIORNO ITALIA: 28.03 to 01.04 or 02.04 to 08.04 7D LET’S GO SOUTH: 28.03 to 01.04 13D MAMMA MIA: 28.03 to 08.04 4D AMALFI COAST: 29.03 to 01.04

Florence & Pisa

Meet your driver at the cruiser terminal in La Spezia, sit back and enjoy your drive through the Tuscan countryside towards Florence. At your arrival you will stop at our office where you will receive maps and suggested itineraries to enjoy at its best the city and the main monuments. You will have free time to explore the Duomo, the piazza della Repubblica, the local leather markets, the old bridge " Ponte Vecchio" and the famous Piazza della Sigmoria. We will also recommend good places where to grab a local and traditional Tuscan lunch before returning back to your driver. In the afternoon, you will leave Florence and enjoy the 50 minute drive to the  town of Pisa where you will stop by the Field of Miracles for photographs and to marvel at the exterior of the Campanile, better known as the Leaning Tower. This famous Bell Tower leans over 16 feet out of perpendicular! After your tour of Pisa, relax on the 50 minutes transfer back to your ship in La Spezia. Important!! If you are interested in the Accademia Museum (David) and/or the Uffizi Gallery, please advise us at the time of the booking so we can provide you the skip the line tickets in order to avoid waiting in lines and maximize your time. OPTIONALS (IF INTERESTED) -Skip the line tickets for the Accademia Gallery (David) in Florence (closed on Mondays) -Skip the line tickets for the Uffizi Museum in Florence (closed on Mondays) - Tickets to the Leaning tower of Pisa Please note: The proposed itineraries are only examples of possible tours. For different pick up / drop off locations or customized itineraries we invite our clients to contact one of our tour coordinators to help them design their own tour.   DETAILS: AVAILABLE On request PICK UP TIME 8:30am ( according to your ship schedule) PICK UP/DROP OFF At your ship in the La Spezia Port INCLUDED English speaking driver, A/C vehicle, taxes, parking, tolls and gasoline, water, wifi on board. No hidden costs NOT INCLUDED Meals, drinks and entrance fees unless otherwise specified  

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FLORENCE CITY BREAK - 3DAYS/2NIGHTS

Take a break from the daily busy rutine and come to Florence for a few days, one of the most beautiful Italian cities. Visit Florence and its museums in complete freedom and the next day come with our team to Tuscany to explore the countryside, the nearby villages and taste some wine.    ITINERARY: DAY 1: ARRIVAL TO FLORENCE DAY 2: DAY TRIP TO THE CHIANTI REGION DAY 3: CHECK OUT   WHAT'S INCLUDED: 2 night accommodation in a centrally located hostel or budget hotel Full day tour to the Chianti region including private transport, your Italy on a Budget tour leader, wine tasting in a local winery and visit to a Medieval town Welcome pack with city map and local info Experienced Italy on a Budget crew Optional add-on activities DETAILS: CHECK IN Every TUESDAY, THURSDAY and SUNDAY DAYS 3 ACCOMMODATION TYPE To choose between: - Shared bed dorm in a top rated hostel - Private double/ twin room in a budget hotel Our team will send you a confirmation email with the full program and details about the accommodation in Florence booked for you.   ADD NIGHTS If you feel that you haven't seen enough in 3 days, add an extra night in Florence to your booking. Pick also one of the other activities we organise in Florence; you could either take a day trip to Cinque Terre and Pisa or get your hands dirty with a cooking course. Tuscany is a beautiful region and there is always something great to do so that you never get bored. NOTE This package is designed as a do-it-yourself, independent exploration package. You will be free to explore the city independently and the second day you will join a preorganised Italy on a Budget tour.      

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FLORENCE FOOD TOUR

Forget McDonald's, forget Kebabs.. Discover the delights of traditional Tuscan cuisine! Come and join us for a very special tour about the history and traditions of the Italian food and wine. You cannot travel all the way to Florence without experiencing one of city's oldest and famous food markets. Your Italy on a Budget tour leader will take you right into the heart of the market letting you share the passion of food and culinary traditions that is authentic to the Tuscan region. We’ll guide you through a tasting path of the most important products this land has to offer, we will teach you how to distinguish the highest quality ingredients as well as some little tricks for preparing local recipes. You will meld among locals picking their specialty food, you will meet the butchers, the bakers and the farmers. Now that you have seen the food, it is time to try it first hand at one of the oldest deli's in the market. Here your taste buds will be treated to fresh olives, salami, cheese, jams, olive and balsamic vinegar.... not to mention a little Chianti wine to wash it all down with.   DETAILS WHEN Monday, Saturday MEETING TIME 09:45 MEETING PLACE Italy on a Budget office, via nazionale 149R, Florence INCLUDED Guide, food and wine tasting DURATION 3h MIN- MAX Tour guaranted with a min of 4 people - max. 15 COMBO TOURS Combine it with our cooking courses for a full food experience  

FLORENCE FUN NIGHT OUT

Are you a solo traveller or simply want to discover how the locals spend their time in this fantastic city at night? Well do it with a local team then ! WHAT'S INCLUDED: Local tour leader from Florence Traditional Florentine dinner including wine Welcome drink in a bar Admission fee to the club Discounts on drinks DETAILS WHEN:  WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY MEETING TIME:  8:30PM MEETING POINT: our office in front of our office on via nazionale 149R opposite hotel galileo MIN/MAX:  Guaranteed with a min. of 5 people NOTE: - Reservation required - if you are vegetarian please specify it in the booking - The dress code in Italy is important; a nice dress or a shirt is recommended. Flip flops are not allowed especially on guys.     

FLORENCE IN 24 HOURS

Only 24h in Florence and you want to try to fit everything in? This is the perfect option for you! Come and join us for FUN TOUR about the history and traditions of the Italian food and wine as well as the history of Florence. The tour starts with the visit of one of the biggest FOOD MARKET in Florence. Your Italy on a Budget tour leader will guide you through a tasting path of the most important Tuscan products and we will teach you how to distinguish the highest quality ingredients. The tour will then continue through the LEATHER MARKET to learn about the tipycal Florentine products towards the Medici chapels, the wonderful Cathedral, piazza della Repubblica, Palazzo Vecchio, Uffizi gallery and finally the Ponte Vecchio. You will fall in love with the art, the architecture and the masterpieces left by the many greatest Renaissance artists such as Michelangelo and Donatello for you to admire.  Bonus stop during the tour at one of the historical gelateria in Florence for a delicious Italian GELATO to rest before returning back to the departure point or to grab something to eat for lunch before an EXCITING AFTERNOON to discover some of the most beautiful villages in Tuscany; SIENA, MONTERIGGIONI & CHIANTI REGION First stop will be in Monteriggioni, a 13th century medieval town which was the stage for the famous movie “The Gladiator”. Here you will be able to admire the wonderful views of the area and the Tuscan countryside from the ancient walls or explore the small shops selling the local handicrafts. During the journey our local guide will give you information about the area, the villages with maps and lots of tips that only local know. After Monteriggioni we will drive through the rolling hills of Tuscany to admire the many vineyards, olive trees, cypresses and everything that makes this land a dream pleace. We will finally stop in a LOCAL WINERY where you will be visiting the cellars accompanied by useful explanations from an expert to discover the traditions of the wine making art followed by a wine and olive oil tasting at the end. In the winery you will be able to taste up to 4 kind of wine and buy the local products at a great price either to bring back to Florence or to ship to your home. The third stop will be at the historic city of Siena where you will be enchanted by the architectural styles of the Cathedral, the Mangia Bell Tower and the Palazzo Pubblico in Piazza del Campo, the venue of the famous Palio horse race held twice a year in July and August. In Siena you will have free time to wander around and discover the hidden beauties of this magical town.     DETAILS  WHEN Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday MEETING TIME 09:40am MEETING PLACE Italy on a Budget tours office, via nazionale 149R DURATION return back to Florence at 08.30pm INCLUDED IN THE PRICE Orientation walk of Florence, gelato, wine and olive oil tasting in a winery, 2h visit of Siena, short visit of Monteriggioni. NOT INCLUDED Lunch and Dinenr Min - Max Min. 4 - Max 8  

FRESH HOMEMADE PASTA COOKING COURSE

Pasta-making is an ancient Italian tradition and you can find some of the best pastas in the world around every corner in this country, so why not take home the skills to impress friends and relatives with the most famous dishes Italy has to offer? This course includes working with various types of flour, eggs, and other ingredients necessary for making fresh pasta. Participants learn the techniques of working with pasta, using a rolling-pin and machine, and will be able to master the secrets of a thousand year-old cooking tradition. This class focuses on preparing three types of pasta with three different sauces to accompany them and also a typical Italian dessert, all of which will be eaten and enjoyed together after the class.

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FUN IN SICILY TOUR- 5DAYS/4NIGHTS

4 full days to explore the famous Sicilian capital Palermo and the famous beaches of Cefalù & Mondello Get the taste of Sicily with this tour to discover the customs, the food, the picturesque villages  and the traditions of one of the most fascinating islands of Italy with our local tour leaders.   ITINERARY: Saturday DAY 1: Welcome to Palermo! Evening orientation walk and dinner DAY 2: Palermo old centre - Monreale  DAY 3. Full day in Cefalù DAY 4: Full day in Mondello Beach  DAY 5: Bye bye Palermo   WHAT'S INCLUDED:  4 nights accommodation in Palermo Evening orientation walk of the city Entry ticket to Monreale Cathedral Return bus tickets to Mondello beach Return train tickets to Cefalu Welcome dinner Maps, info and tips about all places  Full time expertise and service of our awesome Italy on a Budget tours guides. We are lall local guides for a real Italian experience.   DETAILS DEPARTURES:  On Saturdays in Palermo Monday from April till the end of November.  PRICE: from € 300 in shared room - from € 450 in private double/twin room  ACCOMMODATION TYPE: Hostels & Budget hotels in the centre of Palermo TOUR TYPE: Good mix of organised activities with our team to meet new travellers and free time to explore on your own.  GROUP SIZE: min. 6 - max 15 NOTE:  1. All final details will be sent by email  2. This tour meets on Saturday at 3:00pm directly at the accommodation provided by us on the tour program sent before the trip. If you would like to arrive on Friday please contact info@italyonabudgettours.com.   GOOD TO KNOW... PAYMENT OPTIONS if you are short in cash, pay a 50% deposit online when booking by using the code " DEPOSIT "  and pay the remaining balance in full only 6 weeks prior the tour. ADD NIGHTS If you are arriving a day earlier in Palermo or you wish to extend your stay, please contact info@italyonabudgettours.com        

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HARVEST TOUR

Impress your friends with your newfound knowledge of food and wine combinations while regaling them with stories of your first Tuscan grape harvest! Join our day trip departing from Florence and spend a day in the stunning Tuscan countryside with its medieval towns and villages. September/October is the harvest time so become part of a tradition while picking the grapes as the Italians do! You will receive a basket, scissors and instructions from the real farmers how to pick the grapes. You will then enjoy a Tuscan home-style lunch at the local winery overlooking the classic Chianti countryside and pepper your palate with fresh dishes made with local ingredients. At the winery you will also follow the wine and oil olive production process from the expert wine makers and at the end you will taste some of the best Tuscan wines. Returns back to Florence at 1:30pm   COMBO TOUR TO SAVE MONEY AND TIME Combine the HARVEST TOUR with our TASTE OF TUSCANY tour so instead of coming back all the way to Florence you will be able to visit SAN GIMIGNANO as an extra stop and then join the new group coming from Florence on the way to Monteriggioni, Siena, wine tasting in a winery and dinner in a Tuscan house. DETAILS: WHEN Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday MEETING TIME 8:45am - return by 13:30pm MEETING PLACE in front of our office on via nazionale 149R opposite hotel Galileo INCLUDED IN THE PRICE Transport, our fun and informative English speaking guide, harvest experience, lunch and wine tasting at the local winery. NOTE: in case of rain the picking of the grapes in the fields won't be confirmed for safety reason. In the event of rain the tour will still go head and alternative activities/itineraries will be offered on the day. MIN - MAX Departure guaranteed with a min of 4 people - max 8    

LET'S GO HORSEBACK RIDING IN TUSCANY

A half day tour for a unique way to experience Tuscany... on horseback!    What's included: Your local & informative IOAB tour leader Round trip transportation on a 8 seat minivan 1h30 horseback ride Riding helmets are provided free of charge Info on the road about the area and the local products A Tuscan light lunch with wine DETAILS WHEN TUESDAY, THURSDAY, SATURDAY ( available other days on request, get in touch with us ) MEETING TIME 8:45am MEETING POINT in front of our office on via nazionale 149R opposite hotel Galileo PRICE € 110.00 pp -  € 90.00 student price DURATION 5h. Back to Florence at 1:30pm  MIN/MAX min 2 people - max 8 NOTE - Wear closed shoes; no flip flops or sandals. Wear long trousers. You can get changed at the ranch. - Max weight accepted is 110kg - no people younger than 18 - We use english saddles - Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free meal available upon request   COMBINE THIS TOUR TO SAVE MONEY AND TIME: Combine the horseback ride with our TASTE OF TUSCANY departing on the same day in the afternoon to visit Siena, more of the Chianti region with wine tasting in a local cellar.     

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