Our Italian Eurocamp Family Road Trip: What we spent, tips & how to explore Italy with kids on a budget!

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(Updated February 2024) In September 2020, we embarked on the most incredible Italian family road trip around Northern and Central Italy, using Eurocamp campsites as bases to hop between. My guide will explain what we spent and share my tips on how to explore Italy with kids on a budget! We drove down through France to Italy, and the holiday was the perfect blend of both culture and relaxation, especially with the kids in tow.

It amazed me how interested they were in the cultural side and learning about the history of the places that we visited. We must have walked so many miles on our travels and the kids really took it all in their stride – they were well rewarded with gelato! 😂

Our family holiday in Italy gave us memories that we will treasure forever – it’s such an incredible country to explore. We had a tight budget of around £2,000 for the whole three week road trip – including accommodation, travel, food and all other expenses.

We were so lucky to travel to Lake Garda, Verona, Venice, Rome, Tuscany, Florence and Pisa during the trip of a lifetime. The Eurocamp campsites gave us really affordable accommodation, helping us to stick to our tight budget. We stayed at: Camping Cisano San Vito in Lake Garda, Camping Village Fabulous in Rome and Camping Valle Gaia in Tuscany.

So, here’s what we did, what we spent and my top tips on how to explore Italy with kids on a budget! If you’re looking for a fantastic family holiday in Italy – this is the complete road map to our Italian Eurocamp Family Road Trip…

 

Travelling to Italy from the UK

If you’re wondering if you can travel to Italy easily by road from the UK – you absolutely can! Plus it’s really easy to drive around Italy, and there’s so much that you’ll want to see, so it’s the perfect destination for a family road trip – which can make it a much more affordable way to travel too. Be sure to check out my article: How to road trip on a budget around Europe – the ultimate family guide!

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We booked our crossing through Eurocamp at the discounted rate of £60 each way – the first place to make a saving, by including travel with your accommodation. After crossing into France from the UK via the Channel Tunnel, we drove the 9 hour drive from Calais to Northern Italy in just one day – stopping for the night in Aosta in the Alps not long after crossing the border that evening. The motorways in France were better than our UK ones and my husband actually enjoyed the drive down without delays and the usual English roadworks everywhere!

One thing to be aware of is the tolls – it cost us about €90 to travel each way through France using the toll roads. (And the Mount Blanc tunnel to take us from France to Italy was over £40 each way!!) You can avoid the tolls but it adds hours to the journey time and makes the route more complex.

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We had to drive directly there in one day, due to pandemic restrictions in France, but as a cheaper alternative you could also drive to Italy through Belgium and Germany – they have no tolls for cars. Then onwards through Switzerland, you’d pay £35.50 for a vignette which allows travel on their motorways with no additional costs.

Having said that, although we spent a lot on tolls and fuel during our trip, our transport costs came to less than we’ve spent on flights in the past. And, it was well worth it to be away for a few weeks and to travel around seeing all of these wonderful things. As well as that, driving our own car felt so much easier than flying – we just shoved all of our junk in the boot! By driving we also avoided car hire charges and airport parking etc.

Italy also have a toll system but to see Italy, without taking the longer routes, they are unavoidable. Unless you have an endless amount of travelling time, I think the tolls are worth the expense to ensure smoother, shorter journeys and more time enjoying what Italy has to offer. Check out my article: Family road trip essentials: 13 things to pack on a road trip with kids to make sure that you have everything you need for a stress free family road trip before you set off.

 

How to explore Italy on a budget

Aside from two nights in hotels in Aosta, we used Eurocamp campsites to keep the accommodation as cheap as possible. With it being September it was really cheap, and then my husband got a 40% discount through work via Perkbox so we paid around £650 in total for all of our Eurocamp accommodation. (19 nights averaged out at less than £35 per night!)

We found using Eurocamp sites a really cost effective way to travel for a longer period, and the nature of having a self-catering mobile home means that it’s easy to keep food costs low, and have space to relax and rest. At the prices we paid, it was incredible value for money. All three campsites we visited were clean, had great pools and facilities and lovely staff.

As we home educate the kids, we are fortunate to be able travel term-time which is a great money saver, but if you’re restricted to school holiday dates then look for May half-term getaways – they’re always so much cheaper than the summer holidays!

I’ve added links to the reviews of the campsites that we stayed in throughout the itinerary below. To find out more about Eurocamp and how to save money on your holiday check out: The Ultimate Eurocamp Holiday Guide – and money saving tips!

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And, for more info on the accommodation options, and to find out what to pack / what’s included, read my post: Eurocamp holiday reviews: Which accommodation should I choose? What’s included?

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Our Itinerary – 21 nights

1 night: Aosta

10 nights: Lake Garda

3 nights: Rome

6 nights: Tuscany

1 night: Aosta

 

The Italian Alps: Our stopover in Aosta

We spent a night either end of our trip in The Alps, mostly to break up the driving as it’s in the North West and so one of the first places you reach when you enter Italy from France. The area was absolutely gorgeous – we only had a short time for exploring but it was stunning and felt very Swiss!

Inspired by this, we visited Switzerland in September 2022 and we certainly weren’t disappointed! You can read about that trip here: Our Eurocamp Interlaken Family Holiday: What we spent, tips & how to visit Switzerland on a budget from the UK.

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Our two nights in Aosta, one at either end of the road trip, cost us £200. I think this just really highlights the difference in costs between hotels and campsites. We could never have visited Italy for three weeks had our accommodation for our whole trip been £100+ per night.

With a hotel room, it’s also really hard to self-cater which drives up costs even more, and there just isn’t the space nor the fantastic pools and family facilities that campsites can offer. So, whilst hotels are sometimes absolutely necessary, choosing budget accommodation as often as you can will really take your trip from being an impossible dream, to an affordable reality.

 

Accommodation on a budget: Lake Garda

We spent 10 blissful days in Lake Garda. Our first stop at Camping Cisano San Vito was absolutely fantastic for the kids, and it was our favourite all of the Eurocamp sites that we visited along the way – situated right on the lake, the location was just fabulous.

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The main pool was deep enough to swim in but the kids could stand up everywhere, and the waterslides and play area kept them busy for hours – they spent so much time in the pool that Lola even managed to ditch her armbands by the end of our stay!

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This campsite was kid heaven and a great option if you’re visiting Lake Garda. We paid very little for our 10 day stay – it worked out about £250, so just £25 per night – so it was insanely brilliant value for money too!

For more information about this campsite, read my full review here: Eurocamp Holiday Review: Camping Cisano San Vito, Lake Garda, Italy.

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Lake Garda itself was beautiful – we enjoyed lots of walks in the local area and picnics on the lake. One evening we walked along to a nearby town to have a meal out and the kids said their pizza was the best they’d ever had! We absolutely loved Lake Garda and found it to be the perfect base for exploring Northern Italy – with Venice and Verona just a short drive away.

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Visiting Verona on a budget with kids

How do I get from Lake Garda to Verona?

Verona is easier to reach than some of the other busier cities – we were actually able to drive most of the way and then park slightly outside of the city in a parking bay by the river. Whilst we were visiting during the pandemic, when things were quieter, it was still drastically less busy than the other cities that we visited during our road trip.

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The drive from our campsite in Lake GardaCamping Cisano San Vito – only took about half an hour, and the short walk into Verona along this beautiful river was a highlight of our day – giving us our first glimpse of this wonderful city. If you’re wondering what Verona is like, it’s just so lovely!

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Can I see Verona in a day?

Verona, in Northern Italy, is a brilliant place for a day trip, and it’s such a fantastic place to really soak up the Italian vibe – Verona is absolutely worth a visit. Famous for being the setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet – you can even go to ‘Juliet’s balcony‘.

Of all of the cities that we visited whilst in Italy, we found Verona to be the most chilled – it’s a stunning place with a lovely relaxed atmosphere – great for a wander in the sunshine. And, you’ll want to add Arena di Verona (Verona Arena) to your list of places to see too.

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Directly across from Arena di Verona, is the perfect spot for a picnic and some people watching. Though there are lots of restaurants to choose from nearby too, this seating area was definitely the best spot in Verona for a DIY alfresco lunch!

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Review: Should I visit Arena di Verona?

Built in 30AD, the condition of Verona Arena is absolutely remarkable. Whilst Rome Colosseum may be larger and more impressive from the outside – Verona Arena is much better preserved and incredibly it’s still used as a venue for concerts today. (There were also no queues!)

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When we visited, there was a pop concert rehearsal so we got a free show from lots of Italian popstars which the kids loved! This made our visit well worth the money, as we sat and enjoyed the concert as well as exploring the grounds.

Just make sure that you aren’t planning to visit on an event day, such as a concert, as it would be a shame to get all the way there to find you couldn’t view inside. (As long as there aren’t any events it’s usually open to the public 7 days a week.)

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We really enjoyed our visit, and thought it was good value for money compared to other attractions that we’ve visited.

 

How much does it cost to enter Arena di Verona?

Tickets cost €10 for adults, €1 for children and under 8s were free – so it’s a more affordable place to visit than the Colosseum in Rome, and it’s actually in much better condition. Want to compare Rome’s Colosseum with Verona Arena? Read my post: Cheap family travel: How to explore Rome on a budget – in just one day – with kids!

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Visiting Venice on a budget with kids:

How do I get from Lake Garda to Venice?

Lake Garda is the perfect spot from which to visit Venice. The area itself is gorgeous, with its own things to do, but its proximity to Venice makes it a fantastic base for exploring this unique city – which is a must visit if you’re holidaying nearby.

To reach Venice from our base for the week at Eurocamp’s Camping Cisano San Vito, we drove to Mestre train station which was about a 90 minute journey. We then took the short train ride from Mestre into Venice, ready to begin our day in the city – it’s only about a five mile train ride so it doesn’t take long at all, around ten minutes.

When we reached Venice, we explored on foot. There are plenty of water taxis and buses, as well as gondolas but – though we enjoy walking and always try to save money where we can – wandering the cobbled streets is really all part of the experience.

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Can Venice be done in a day?

Absolutely! In fact, if you have children, it’s probably the perfect amount of time to explore. Venice doesn’t come with a jam packed itinerary, like you may have for somewhere larger like Rome, so it’s totally doable in a day.

The kids were really fascinated by Venice because it’s such a unique place to visit, and so different from anywhere they’d been before. My two love boats at the best of times so a picnic by the water’s edge was perfect – you definitely don’t have to spend lots of money to make amazing family memories. They most enjoyed seeing the ambulance and police boats, as well as the gondolas.

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What should I see in Venice?

Venice is one of those places that you’ll find yourself happily wandering around aimlessly, enjoying gelato, the shops, the general vibe and the quaint little streets. But, there are a few particular landmarks that you might want on your list of things to see, places like: Doge’s Palace, Piazza / Basilica di San Marco (St Mark’s Square and Basilica) and Ponte di Rialto Bridge.

It’s quite a trek to Piazza / Basilica di San Marco from the train station, about a 40 minute walk, but you couldn’t visit Venice without going there. If you have babies or young children, or it’s a particularly hot day, there is a water bus station nearby – so you can get there and back across the water if need be.

We did look at the water bus for our way back to the train station at the end of our day, when the kids were starting to tire, but it was around €30 for the four of us, and the journey time wasn’t hugely shorter than walking it! So, we rested instead and then took a slow amble back – rewarding them with McDonalds! 😂

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Basilica di San Marco was really grand and the detailed designs in the building were stunning. The cultural side of Italy is what we enjoyed most about our trip – it’s just so different from other places that we’ve visited – it was such a fantastic experience for the kids.

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There were steep stairs to climb, which led to a viewing area over St Mark’s Square. Because we visited out of season and during the pandemic, there were far fewer people than on our previous visit, which definitely made it more enjoyable.

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Just make sure that you wear appropriate clothing – nothing too revealing (no short-shorts) and no exposed shoulders. The dress code isn’t as strict as it is at St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City, but it’s still a religious building so respectful clothing is required.

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If you’re staying in Venice for a couple of days, or perhaps a weekend, then I would definitely recommend the Murano, Burano and Torcello boat trip. We didn’t have the time nor budget for it this time around, but when we stayed in Venice during our honeymoon it was a real highlight of our holiday.

Of course, the item high on the Venice to do list for a lot of people is a boat trip on a gondola. We actually decided not to do a gondola ride due to it being €80 for 30 minutes. I still wonder if we should have gone for it anyway, as the kids do love boats, but they did love watching them all the same.

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Because we were travelling on such a tight budget and for three weeks we decided (as this was near the start of our trip) that it was best to be sensible with our spending. It was really important for us not to spend more than we had, as we didn’t want to be paying it off afterwards instead of saving for our next adventure.

 

Is Venice expensive – how can I visit on a budget?

We actually spent very little on our day trip to Venice, here’s how much we spent and how you can keep costs down:

Transport: The train from Mestre to Venice was about €2pp for the return trip. And, I think the tolls to and from Mestre train station (from Camping Cisano San Vito) worked out around €20. If you avoid using transport when you reach the city, exploring Venice on foot, then you can save a lot of money.

Sights: To go inside St Mark’s Basilica and museum was just €5 pp – under 6s were free. We thought it was really reasonably priced, and were generally really impressed with this across our whole road trip. You can visit so many religious buildings in Italy for free or just a few euros – which makes it an affordable place to explore.

Food: We took a picnic with us for lunch, as well as drinks and snacks to keep costs down. But we did spend a few euros near St Mark’s Square on gelato for the kids, and then grabbed a McDonalds for dinner before we headed back to our campsite. (If you’re happy to avoid restaurant meals then you can avoid spending lots on food during your visit.)

 

Accommodation on a budget: Rome

From Lake Garda we did the 6 hour drive to Rome, where we stayed at Camping Village Fabulous, a site outside of the city centre in nearby Lazio. We only had two full days here (3 nights) so we had one day in Rome itself and another making the most of the pools and relaxing.

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This site was home to our favourite mobile home of the whole Italian road trip – we even had an en-suite! It was a fantastic base, and catching the train into the city was really simple too. This campsite was really peaceful and quiet, and it gave us the perfect way for us to experience Rome on a budget.

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We were able to completely avoid expensive city centre hotels by travelling into the city from the campsite – via a nearby train station – and come back to the site to relax afterwards. It gave us the best of both worlds. We paid around £200 for three nights at Camping Village Fabulous in a Comfort XL mobile home (known as Classic XL from 2024) in mid September.

For more information about this campsite, read my full review here: Eurocamp Holiday Review: Camping Village Fabulous, Lazio, Rome, Italy.

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Visiting Rome on a budget with kids

How can I travel cheaply into Rome city centre?

To get to the centre of Rome we parked at Vinitia train station, which was just a 5 minute drive from Camping Village Fabulous, and got the train in. The train / Metro was the perfect way for little legs to explore the city – given the 33 degree heat, we were VERY grateful that the public transport in Rome was so cheap and easy!

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Our train tickets were just €7, and this covered all of our train travel for the day; the main train in and hopping on and off the Metro as needed. Kids under 10 travel free in Rome so for just €14 it was really cost effective – you really don’t need much spending money in this city. It was about a 30 minute train journey (with some changes) to get into Rome.

 

Can Rome be done in a day?

Our children really enjoyed visiting Rome – it’s such a unique and interesting place! And, it’s actually a pretty affordable place for a day trip as the religious buildings there are all free as well – meaning you can see a lot of places without spending a penny. We found that one day was the perfect amount of time, though you could easily include more sightseeing and fill another day or two of exploring.

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With a lack of tourists, due to the pandemic, we just walked right in to everything too; perfect with two kiddies in tow! Finn and Lola still talk about Rome now, three years later, so if you’re in Central Italy definitely add this amazing city to your list of places to visit!

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Because there’s so much to see in Rome, and far too much to say about it all to include here, I’ve actually written a separate article about Rome that you’ll want to read for the full low down – Cheap family travel: How to explore Rome on a budget – in just one day – with kids!

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It covers:

  • Is Rome cheap or expensive?
  • How can I travel to and around Rome cheaply?
  • How can I explore Rome on a budget in just one day?
  • Which sights should I see in Rome? Read reviews, tips, costs, nearest metro stations and general info on: St Peter’s Square and Basilica, The Trevi Fountain, The Colosseum, The Pantheon, The Sistine Chapel (The Vatican Museums), The Catacombs and The Roman Forum.
  • Budget food in Rome

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Accommodation on a budget: Tuscany

We spent the last part of our trip in the gorgeous Tuscany region, with some very interesting weather! By day glorious sunshine, by night torrential rain and HUGE thunderstorms which shook the caravan! Luckily, the days were lovely so it didn’t dampen our spirits, and we do love a good storm!

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We stayed at Camping Village Valle Gaia – which was about a 3 hour drive from the Rome campsite, and took us back towards Northern Italy where our journey had begun. This campsite was very empty and quiet, at the end of the season, so the kids had the pool to themselves for most of it and loved it!

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This campsite was great base for visiting Florence and Pisa. Our accommodation was only about £200 for the week so it was extremely good value too. The nearby beach was lovely, as was the surrounding countryside, and this region of the country really felt like it had a slower pace – it was very relaxing.

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For more information about this campsite, check out my full review here: Eurocamp Holiday Review: Camping Village Valle Gaia, Tuscany, Italy.

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Visiting Florence on a budget with kids

How do I get to Florence from Camping Village Valle Gaia?

We had an overcast day during our last week, so we decided to visit Florence, which was an easy drive from the campsite. We actually didn’t know much about this city, but it soon became a highlight of our trip.

The cobbled streets and traditional buildings give it so much character, and the whole place had a brilliant and unique vibe. The drive from Camping Village Valle Gaia to Florence was around 90 minutes. We parked just outside of the city, and took a tram into the centre – which was only a few euros.

 

Can Florence be done in a day?

We thought a day was the perfect amount of time for exploring Florence. Once we’d reached the centre, we walked miles – exploring on foot – on our way to the Piazzale Michelangelo; stopping for some gelato and to admire the stunning sights and buildings surrounding us.

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Florence is yet another Italian city that you can absolutely visit on a tiny budget – we barely spent anything on our day there, but had the most fabulous time. This gorgeous city has such a lovely vibe – in fact, it was one of my favourite places that we visited whilst in Italy.

 

What should I see in Florence?

Once we’d navigated the city, and walked alongside the Arno River, we crossed the famous Ponte Vecchio Bridge which was lined with shops, and a really unique experience. Seeing it from the riverside, it felt as if we’d been transported back in time – you’ll definitely want to take a stroll across this iconic bridge.

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There are so many magical places to explore just by wandering around in Florence – a lot of the sights that we enjoyed were simply on our journey to Piazzale Michelangelo.  Once you’ve climbed the many steps, you are rewarded with the most stunning panoramic view over the city – it was utterly breathtaking.

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The steps are quite uneven, and there’s a lot of them, so that’s something to think about with very young children or if you’re unsteady on your feet. But, you can catch a bus which will take you to the top if need be – so make sure you don’t miss out on this amazing view!

For us though the walk was all part of the experience, and it made getting to the top even sweeter! Was Piazzale Michelangelo worth the walk? Absolutely!

There are restaurants, food stands and loos at the top too – the public loos were closed when we visited but a nearby restaurant were happy for us to use their toilet. Experiencing Florence from above was a real highlight of our trip, and it didn’t cost a thing! So, definitely add Piazzale Michelangelo to your itinerary if you’re in the area.

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You might also want to add Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore to your list of places to visit in Florence. We unfortunately missed the last entrance time on the day we visited, but we did enjoy the beautiful building from the outside. Access to the main cathedral is free, you’ll only need a ticket if you want to access the ticketed areas like the Dome.

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Visiting Pisa

After we checked out of Camping Village Valle Gaia, we decided to have a quick detour to Pisa, on our way back to Aosta to end our trip. We didn’t have enough time to do much exploring, but we couldn’t be nearby and not see this famous sight!

Pisa was about an hour’s drive away from the campsite, and we were able to park close to the attraction. Unfortunately, Lola wasn’t actually old enough to climb the tower so we just viewed it from the outside. (Children must be at least 8 year’s old to do the climb.) But we did, of course, have to get the classic ‘hold it up’ tourist photo! 😆

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Keeping Costs Down:

Enjoying a family holiday in Italy on a budget

The main way to save money on your holiday, as well as securing cheap accommodation, is to avoid spending lots of money on food. We didn’t eat out much when we were away – instead we shopped at supermarkets and I cooked most nights. I also packed the car with juices, bags of pasta, cereal etc which we brought with us from England.

During the day we would get baguettes from supermarkets on site (around a euro) and have a picnic lunch every day. On our city visits we often had a Mcdonalds for dinner! Not the healthiest of options but at €19 for their family deal – 2 Happy Meals and 2 Adult Meals – it was much more affordable than eating out in a restaurant if we were out too late to cook at home.

We also visited a lot of places with free entry; some places are very expensive and all of that adds up pretty quickly when there are 4 of you – some things we just appreciated from the outside. To be honest, Italy is so unique, just exploring the cities on foot and wandering the cobbled streets was enough to keep us all entertained.

I think a family holiday in Italy is absolutely do-able on a small budget – so much of what you’ll want to see and do won’t cost you a penny. For family city break money saving tips, check out my article: How to have a European city break with kids on a budget!

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Our Italian Eurocamp Family Road Trip Total: What we spent

All in all we spent just over £2200 on the trip:

  • Tolls across Italy and France: £400
  • Fuel: £300
  • The Channel Crossing: £122
  • Eurocamp Accommodation: £650
  • Aosta Hotels: £200
  • Excursions, food and spending money: approx £550

This trip was the holiday of a lifetime, and we made memories that we will treasure forever – the kids can’t wait to go back to Italy to experience more of what it has to offer. Our Italian road trip worked out just over £100 per day across the three weeks, for absolutely everything that we spent, which was incredible value for money given how much we crammed in.

It was totally worth every penny, and I hope this article is helpful for anyone thinking of visiting Italy with kids. I hope that it will inspire you to take whatever budget you have to work with, be creative, look for affordable solutions and run with it! We had a blast and I would definitely recommend Italy for sun, culture, yummy food and lots of fun! 😀

Nat x

 

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