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Ah, Florence—so much history, so much wine and so within your budget. Seriously. A visit to the City of Flowers doesn’t have to mean spending your future kids’ college funds. As proof we put together this handy guide to get the most out of your vacation for just $75 (or less) a day. Let’s go.

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Day 1

Welcome to Firenze. Head straight to your Airbnb penthouse, which is not only affordable ($75 a day split between you and your travel buddy), but it also has a stunning view of the Duomo. Since you’ll probably be a bit jet-lagged, keep dinner low-key. Walk five minutes to Mercato Centrale, a two-floor marketplace perfect for acquainting yourself with Tuscan cuisine right out of the gate. Explore the many stalls selling everything from fresh fruit to cured meats and make sure to ask for samples. But don’t spoil your appetite—you’ll be taking some fresh, handmade ravioli with sauce ($8), a bottle of wine ($10) and cannoli ($5) back with you to eat in your new abode.

Total Amount Spent: $61

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Day 2

Espresso and a cornetto from I Dolci di Patrizio Cosi ($3) are a must before making your way to the Santa Maria del Fiore, aka the Duomo. A $16 ticket gets you access to all six sections at the Great Museum of the Cathedral for 48 hours. (Trust us: The views are well worth the price and the workout.) Take a lunch break at the nearby Del Barone for a Tuscan sausage panini ($10) before heading back to the museum for a tour of the crypt. On the way home, stop for pizza napoli at Caffé Italiano ($8). (We promised to be light on your wallet, not carbs.)

Total Amount Spent: $75

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Day 3

Start back at Mercato Centrale for orzo and biscotti ($3) to nosh on while you walk five minutes north to rent a bike ($13). For an unforgettable panorama of the city, ride over the Arno and up to Piazzale Michelangelo. Take as many pictures as you possibly can. Then, refuel at Fuori Porta, a café that specializes in local wines ($10 for a glass and crostini). Once you’re ready to ride again, head along the water’s edge back to the Great Museum of the Cathedral (remember that museum pass you bought yesterday?). Spend the rest of your afternoon strolling through the bell tower, baptistery and expansive three-story art museum. End the day with a well-deserved Aperol Spritz and buffet-style aperitivo at Kitsch Deux ($11).

Total Amount Spent: $75

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Day 4

Bibliophiles, today’s your day. Once you’ve had your cappuccino and crostata at Caffe Giacosa ($9), pay a visit to the enormous Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana and surrounding cloisters. Take in some sunshine among the orange trees in the adjoining garden before heading across the river for a margherita pie at Gustapizza ($6). Of course, no trip to Italy would be complete without gelato. Pick up a scoop or two from Gelateria La Carraia ($2) to eat as you stroll slowly toward the Scuola del Cuoio to watch the leather pros create beautiful handbags, upholster furniture and repair shoes. For dinner, head to local hot spot Zio Gigi for gnocchi and caprese salad ($15).

Total Amount Spent: $70

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Day 5

Swing by Mariano to grab a panini ($4) to eat as you stroll across the Ponte Santa Trinita, which boasts gorgeous—and more importantly—crowd-free, views of the Ponte Vecchio. Then, head to Pitti Palace. The first Sunday of every month, the museum offers visitors free admission. But if you can’t plan around that schedule, buy a ticket ($9), which grants you access to six additional museums plus the stunning Boboli Gardens. End your trip by indulging at the family-run and locally-loved La Casalinga ($24) for a traditional Tuscan spaghetti con pesto. That’s la dolce vita.

Total Amount Spent: $75

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