Italy is easily one of the most popular destinations in the world, making it one of the most expensive places to travel to. Sicily on a budget sounds almost too good to be true!
The country boasts a combination of luxurious, quaint and historic sites that have visitors dreaming up their next visit. The islands of Italy, Sicily in particular, can be completely what you make of it. It is generally less expensive to visit than a vacation in Rome, Venice or Florence, but it can quickly become expensive too if you’re not careful. Thankfully, it is also very possible to organize a nice vacation to Sicily without spending a fortune.
Here are some of the many ways you can lower costs and save money for your trip to Sicily:
Choose a private accommodation instead of a hotel
- Where you stay can very easily end up being your highest cost. Many of the Sicily holiday rentals available on sites like Wishsicily can fit more people comfortably and are a great option instead of having to book multiple hotel rooms. Moreover, cooking some meals at home with local products helps save money but not miss out on the local food experience.
When possible, travel to Sicily during low season
- Prices naturally skyrocket during high season (especially during July-August). If you can visit during low season you can save money on just about everything (accommodation, flights, rentals, activities, etc..). The weather is still good during the low season, so you can enjoy the sites without all crowds and high prices.
Fill your water bottle up at public taps.
This is a must! Instead of constantly purchasing water bottles or paying for water while you eat out, just fill your water bottle up! If you are out and do not have a water bottle, swing by a grocery store to purchase a 1L bottle. (That 1L bottle is generally less expensive than one of the tiny ones that you can buy at bars and smaller shops.)
Don’t feel pressured to eat out for every meal.
The markets have wonderful food that you can pick up for snacks or a full meal to enjoy with a view of your choosing. You can always swing by a bakery (panificio) for slices of pizza, too! Eating out should be under 25 euros per person (wine included), but with gelato and snacks between, a full meal and table service just isn’t always necessary.
When you do eat out, be mindful of touristy areas.
Cover charges (you’ll see coperto) are higher in touristy areas and can quickly add up.
Stand up at bars
If you run in for a quick coffee or drink, consider standing up instead of sitting down. It costs money to sit!
Take advantage of the free activities
There are churches and castles scattered across the island that are free of charge. Plan ahead for which activities you would like to do that cost money and then take advantage of all the rest that is free. Hiking, wandering along the main streets of villages and exploring by foot: all free! Some towns are made for wandering around, such as Cefalùand Taormina, and most beaches are free.
To help you find a budget-friendly flight to Sicily, there are many apps that can help you find good deals. Do keep in mind that you can keep costs extra low for budget airlines if your luggage is minimal and fitting for the carry-on size!