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Italy has become more expensive as a travel destination in recent years, with many of the tourist sectors rising to outrageous prices. Do hard economic times mean that the average family can no longer take an affordable summer in Sicily? With just a little time spent planning before hand you can find several ways to save money during your family vacation in Italy.
Begin by making reservations online. Once you've chosen your destination city in Italy book a cheap car rental from the airport. Looking for smaller to mid-sized airports can often save money on your flight, as well as booking with an airport which offers low-cost carriers. For instance, you can fly on Ryan Air and meet your cheap 7 seater car hire at Bologna Airport.
Along with the freedom of a cheap car hire you can your family to less costly yet more colorful accommodations in Italy. Look for deals at a B&B or stay at an 'agriturismo' (farmhouse). These are often better deals all the way around, offering not only cheaper, more comfortable rooms, but nice meals with good sized portions for far less than a hotel restaurant would charge.
When you are out and about in your Italy car rental you can save money by finding out where the locals dine and eating there too. Avoiding tourist-centered restaurants will fetch you a better meal at a much lower price. Look for 'osteria' or 'trattoria' which are less formal and less expensive than 'ristoranti.'