Planning my trip to Europe, (Rome-Florence-Venice-Barcelona-Paris), got "Europe on a shoestring", trying to figure out my itenarary.
I really like the idea of getting an audio tour... has anyone had any experience with them? How much are they supposed to cost? Is there maybe a way to download them from the net?
BTW, how much does a bottel of water (or any other reviving liquid) cost in Europe? Trying to figure out my budget... and stuff like water and coffee could add up to quite alot.
What kind of an audio tour are you talking about? I have seen them at many attractions (most major ones) - usually they aren't particularly cheap (often the same as the entrance fee it seems to me), but they can be pretty handy when everything is in a different language
As far as prices of water - it ranges from under EUR 0.30 cents to 4 or 5 Euros if you are buying it from a popular place (ie at the foot of the eiffel tower or something). If you plan well enough and buy water at supermarkets, it isn't a large expense. The range is wide, but coffees are around 1 - 2 EUR generally in the cities you mention - again, not buying it right next to a major tourist attraction makes a big difference in the price, as those merchants generally feel free to inflate the price skyward!
Rome Audio Tours
I would recommend the audio tour at the Vatican Museum and the Galleria Borghese. You need something to explain everything for you at the Vatican Museum or you won't enjoy it. Of course, there are enough tour guide that you can always eavesdrop on various guides. If you attend the Galleria Borghese I HIGHLY recommend the audioguide. It explains the art to you in a very interesting way - it's not at all boring. Definately avoid the audioguide at the Colosseum - BORING!
You can drink the water from the tap in Rome. It's delicious! I would buy 1 bottle of water and then fill it up from the tap or one of the drinking fountains located throughout the city.
Melissa, Nicolas Inn