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Diana Evenson  
#1 Posted : Monday, February 18, 2019 12:48:09 AM(UTC)
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My husband and I are beginning the planning stages of our first trip to Italy. I was wondering how much we should plan to save for per meal for lunches and the dinners that are not included. Then how much we should save for gratuities and spending money? Does anyone have any suggestions? Thank you for your help. I’m very excited. This is my dream vacation! Diana

littlera  
#2 Posted : Monday, February 18, 2019 7:08:53 PM(UTC)
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How much you spend really depends on how high end you plan to do your own meals. Restaurant food is more expensive than you see in USA for similar quality, but really not too much. Maybe count on 50% more or so. You will probably stop at several AutoGrills on motor way for lunch. Cafeteria style, good, and very reasonable.


Gratuities suggestions for tour manager and driver will be in your tour documents or can be viewed anytime on tour page under "at your destination" tab. For local guides a Euro or two is good.


The sky is the limit on whatever you want to spend on souvenirs and such. As much or little as you want.


Credit cards accepted everywhere. Have them charge in local (Euro) and NOT in USD. You do not want merchant converting currencies. You always lose!


Get cash from ATMs, of which there are plenty everywhere. Tip in Euro, not USD if you can.

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DJKuulA  
#3 Posted : Saturday, March 9, 2019 5:11:37 AM(UTC)
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50% seems high -- I don't recall the restaurants being that pricey. We had a lot of good meals at very casual restaurants.


When we took the tour, there were good opportunities to buy expensive items in Murano (glassware) and Florence (leather goods). Oh, and some spectacular wooden items (including furniture!) in Capri. Everywhere we went, we found souvenir shops that offered trinkets and t-shirts and such, most of it pretty inexpensive.


One thing to remember if you're new to Europe is that there are a lot of pay toilets around. Keep a few 1-Euro coins in your pocket!



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