Take a glance at Italy and you’ll think of opulent cities like Milan, famed as a hotspot for high fashion and catwalks. You can be forgiven for thinking that a trip to Italy will cost you a fortune. Be that as it may, you should be banishing the thought from your mind and placing Italy amongst the possible places on your bucket list since there are plenty of affordably places you can visit in Italy. Here are some of the best.

The Ionian Coast

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There’s something very special about Sicily, and locations like the Ionian Coast go a long way to giving the island that special feel about it. The clifftop town of Taormina sits perched in the sunshine above Taormina Mare, the bay which lies nonchalantly below drawing in all the sunseekers. From Taormina, you can take a day trip to Catania, the second largest city in Sicily, and get some photos of Mount Etna as it looks on imposingly in the background. In the city you can see the cathedral or explore the late 19th century opera house.

Tuscany

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Perhaps you’ve written Tuscany off, thinking not for one second that it might be affordable, but you’d be wrong. The capital of the region, Florence, is highly affordable and has some impressive attractions to visit. While you’re in the region, you should visit the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa – that goes without saying – not to mention the Accademia Gallery. The latter houses the Michelangelo sculpture “David” and tickets to the gallery only cost €8 – not bad for a tourist attraction!

Sardinia

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You’ve probably seen all the yachts on the coast and thought “No chance!”, but again, you’d be surprised. Head northwards out of Olbia airport for just 30 minutes and you can be sitting on beaches that are something of a secret paradise on the Costa Smerelda. The sand is unspoiled, the waters are turquoise and there are few facilities or signs, leaving you to just enjoy the beach in the traditional style, and that’s the very essence of a break. During your stay here, you can also explore the hidden coves of Cappriccioli.

Italy is a truly beautiful country, and taking the time just to appreciate the scenery creates scope for saving money and getting the very best out of the location and out of your holiday. Some of these locations may have seemed out of your price range at first glance, and yet visiting them without having to completely count the cents is perfectly possible. Why not head out there and try it?