Holidays 2022. Is Italy still in your pocket?

Before the pandemic, an average of 55 million people visited Italy each year. During the pandemic, there was talk of the dramatic situation in the tourism sector. According to data from the Italian Chamber of Services and analyzes from the Institute of Statistics, 5 million bookings were canceled in the winter alone last year and the same number was shortened. This year is expected to be almost as successful as 2019. In May, Culture Minister Dario Franceschini assured that tourism is returning to pre-COVID-19 levels. The resort also makes every effort to ensure that visits to the Apennines are not limited to visiting popular cities and well-known seaside resorts.

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Those who want to relax without the crowds and also want to spend a little less can – encourages the local Ministry of Culture – choose Calabria, for example, a region in the southern part of the Apennine peninsula, which is said to give you the true nature to get to know Italy. It is not crowded, even though the sun in Calabria shines 320 days a year. Beaches, the Sila Mountains and three national parks await newcomers, including Aspromonte with its beautiful waterfalls and ruins left by the ancient Greeks. It is also worth visiting Tropea – a famous town with houses almost embedded in the rocks.

Italy is associated with beautiful beaches, monuments and a cuisine that has conquered the world.

According to local websitesNext summer, cafe visitors will pay 5 euros for pizza portions, 7 to 8 euros for pasta, 5 euros for lasagna. Italian soup usually costs 7 euros and breakfast, or coffee with a croissant, is at least 4 euros. The famous panini is one euro more expensive, and the cheaper one, 3 euros, you have to pay for bruschetta – the most commonly served hot sandwich, which, in addition to additives, has garlic rubbed into the bread and poured with olive oil.

On the Apennine peninsula, it is impossible not to try ice cream. The portion varies from 2.5 to 5 euros. You have to pay the same for Tiramisu or Cannoli – miniature profiteroles filled with whipped cream. The coffee that Italians drink vigorously costs from 1 euro in a cheap bar to 2 or even 3 euros in an elegant place or in an area where many tourists come. A glass of freshly squeezed orange juice – from 2 to 3 euros, and granita – frozen fruit juice – no more than 2 euros.

Supermarkets are open at every campsite. However, the products sold there are slightly more expensive than in local stores. Therefore, it is worth looking for a Penny Market discount store, Conad or Eurospin stores nearby. A pack of toasted bread costs one to two euros, you pay the same for regular bread and no more than one euro for a baguette. A liter of milk costs an average of 1.60 euros in Italy, 10 eggs 2.5 euros and a kilo of tomatoes on average 3 euros. A quarter kilo of mozzarella costs up to € 3.50, the same as a kilo of chicken breast. A pack of ham – 150 grams – no less than 3 euros, 250 grams of ricotta 3.20 euros, the same pack of coffee 2.5 euros and a package of half a kilo of pasta – 1 euro.

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As in Poland, the petrol price is also rising in Italy. Inhabitants of the Apennines complain that you have to pay 6% for it from mid-June. Lake. Now a liter of petrol costs an average of 2,134 euros. At self-service stations it is cheaper and amounts to € 2,009. A liter of diesel costs an average of 2,055 euros, but at many stations the price is above 2,135 euros. Gas is cheaper, from 0.833 to 0.851 euros per litre. After the March records, the government cut excise taxes and gas prices fell. Compressed natural gas – CNG is still cheap. The price per kilogram varies from 1,720 to 1,931 euros.

Also read: Vacation in 2022. Poles more often opt for all-inclusive travel. They are afraid of rising prices.

Ewa Wysocka

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