Our Company History

Each tour is created for you to learn, taste, and see experiences that are true to Italy. Our team knows Italy, and we are here and ready to take you on your next awesome adventure.

Founder Irene Chimenti launched Italy on a Budget tours, a tour company for young travellers aged 18-39 with the goal of offering quality, budget-friendly tours and activities in Italy without sacrificing comfort or convenience.

After spending time as a guide for international travellers around Europe, Irene decided to bring her travel expertise back to her hometown of Florence to offer tour experiences that are fun, educational and authentic.

In 2007 she launched “Tuscany on a Budget”, promoting daily tours in Florence, Siena, and all those other places you heard about in the movie, “Under the Tuscan Sun”.

In 2013 Irene launched Italy on a Budget tours, with the goal of providing fun and entertaining activities for travellers 18-39 all over Italy. Since then the company has been offering trips to new, popular Italian destinations such as Rome, Venice, Pompeii, Sicily, Amalfi Coast, Lake Como and so much more!

Meet our Local & Passionate Crew

Our tours are lead by professional, English-speaking Italian guides who are active and compassionate, and we know how to spark discussions and create a lively group dynamic on all of our tours. We are a community of locals passionate about our history, traditions and customs, and we strive to provide you with an unparalleled experience that is both authentic and fun.





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Our Company Mission

We believe your travel experience should be fun, knowledgeable and most importantly, authentic. Based on this belief, our company slogan is, “Experience Italy from a local’s point of view”, as we strive to offer a genuine, “Italian” experience to our patrons. We want our travellers to bond and create new friendships (or Instagram followers), which is why our tours are designed for those who are 18-39 years of age. Our guides are Italian natives who are here to help you explore places and participate in stories that only locals know about, giving you a first-hand experience of true, Italian culture.

What We Do

Italy on a Budget offers day trips, city breaks and holiday tours all in English for young travellers aged 18-39. Our guides are local Italians fluent in English, as a majority of our clients are from the United States, Australia, United Kingdom, New Zealand and Canada. We are passionate individuals who love sharing our stories, traditions and cultures with travellers from all over the world.

Why Choose Us?

Great Value for Money

All of our tours are designed for students, backpackers, and budget travellers. For these reasons, we make sure we provide the most exciting, authentic experience for everyone without breaking the bank or sacrificing on comfort!

Small Groups

The majority of our tours are small and travel via our company minibus. We believe travelling in smaller groups creates a more intimate travel experience for everyone, so that in the end we are one big, happy family regardless of the duration of the tour!

No Hassles

We will take care of the complicated stuff and other boring details – no more language barriers or overbooked trains and lodgings, just relax and get ready to walk on some sunshine!

Free Time

All of our tours include loads of activities but also plenty of free time. We get that not everyone is the same, so we make sure you have the downtown to explore each destination at your way.

English Only

Unlike other local tour companies that offer a variety of languages, we make sure your journey is not dulled by a single guide repeating the same information over and over again in 4 different languages. A majority of our clients come from Australia, United States, New Zealand, Canada and the United Kingdom, so all of our tours are lead exclusively in English. This way you know what we are talking about and not fall asleep on us!

Meet Other Travellers

Our tours provide the perfect opportunity for groups and solo travellers to meet each other and exchange anything from stories to travel experiences. We believe people who are similar in age will share a stronger connection, which is why Italy on a Budget is for individuals aged 18-39.

Looking For Something a Little More Custom?

Discover Italy on Your Own Terms! Personalised Italian tours tailored to your budget and interests.

Choose from a range of specialised options such as dining, shopping, and sightseeing.

Our experienced team of local guides will be there to show you the sights and sounds of Italy from the best perspective.

Our unique approach means you can enjoy all the best parts of Italy on a budget.

From Italian cuisine to affordable stays, our budget-friendly trips are perfect for any budget.