We spent 29 days in Italy and covered 1,431 miles. We undertook our highest number of tourist sightseeing activities so far. We had to buy a leisure battery and get a flat tyre repaired. We also bought a ferry ticket to Greece (I have included how much this cost, but it didn’t seem fair to add to our Italian total).

We had one housesit for four days. We struggled to find nice free Aires – we found it hard to find areas were we felt comfortable to stay. We found that the pay Aires were expensive and some offered few services. The quality of Aires varied.

Here is a breakdown of our costs (all in €s)

Food 396.10

Food out (including THE tastiest pizza and gelato in Rome) 103

Fuel 431.63

Public transport 21.50

Accommodation/Aires 116

LPG 10.45

Sightseeing 108

Tolls 28.10

Van repairs 295

Extras (including wireless speaker and phone charger cables) 50.49

Clothes washing 15

Showers 3

Souvenirs (masks for the masked carnival in Venice) 21.20

Toilets (grrrr I hate paying for the loo) 2.50

So the total? €1602.97 which works out as €55.27 per day for a family of four. This is slightly over the €54 per day I’d originally budgeted for the trip but I’m surprised it is so close to our original budget as Italy felt really expensive (well the fuel was!) and we saw all the tourist attractions we wanted to.

P.S The ferry to Greece cost an additional €286. We went from Brindisi to Patras – it took 18 hours – we paid €30 extra to reserve reclining seats (instead of cabins) but we needn’t have bothered as the ferry was nearly deserted.