With fuel prices going up, up, up and the value of the dollar going down, down, down, you might think that travel to Italy would suffer this summer. Not so, says AAA, which quotes a Global Insight report stating that Italy can expect a 4.7 percent increase in the number of American travelers this summer (1.6 million American travelers).
Italy can also expect big dollars from those American travelers, with an estimated $2.6 billion in American spending expected to make it to la bella Italia. That puts Italy third on the list of destinations with the highest expected American spending this summer (behind Mexico at $5.6 billion and Canada at $4 billion). If you’re thinking about including some of your dollars in that 2.6 billion, make sure that you get the most out of them — don’t forget to peruse Dream of Italy’s new free article on tips and tricks for saving money this summer in Italy! – Justine Gregory