Off the Beaten Path
Now--between the Winter Games and the summer hordes--is the perfect time to go to Italy.
By Donna Rosato

(MONEY Magazine) – Fine, so our Olympic squad didn't fare so well in Italy this winter. Your family can still save some gold by going there this spring--the season when the euro goes farthest in the land of Michelangelo and Maseratis and when the summer crowds have yet to descend and turn Venice and Florence into line-plagued theme parks. And prices are still fairly moderate: In July and August, buying a can of Coca-Cola can make you think you just shelled out for a magnum of Barolo. In May or early June you'll find a third fewer visitors, temps in the 60s and 70s and lower prices on flights and hotels. Tour packager 1-800-Fly-Europe is offering round-trip deals from New York to Milan for $469, including a rental car. Come summertime, the same package starts at $807. Also check out package deals such as Gate 1 Travel's (gate1travel.com) six-day trip to Florence including round-trip air fare, four nights at a three-star hotel and daily breakfast for $989 from New York City, Boston or Chicago. That's hundreds less than you'd pay just for air fare in July or August--and there will be fewer people to shove aside at the Accademia Gallery when you're gazing at the David.

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