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Old 01-12-2007, 06:24 PM
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We are headed to Rome in early June (3 nights prior to a 12nt cruise on RCCL.) Afetr the cruise we are headed to Florence for 3 nights before heading back to the states.

I've got most of the numbers together for this 'not too cheap' adventure. Cannot get a handle on meal costs in Rome and Florence. Looking for middle of the road, moderate cost ristorante, per person. Mainly mid-day and evening meals. We will be looking at places the 'locals' go to, not tourist type places.

Looking for experienced travelers who have been there/done that in the last 6-9 months to chime in.

Thanks in advance.
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Of course there is huge variety of restaurants in Florence as well as in Rome. In both cities there will be tourists in all the restaurants in the historic districts, too.
But to give you a rough estimate, "middle of the road" restaurants, frequented by both locals and visitors, including house wine and water, about 30 to 40 per person. Close to major attractions some more.
These places might not actually be called Ristorante but Osteria or something else.

Of course you can go up the ladder. A really nice restaurant can easily reach 100.
On the other hand a simple tourist menu (seldomly to be recommended but you might be lucky) can sometimes be had for less than 15.

For lunch it might be an option not to sit down and spent a lot of your valuable sightseeing time but instead to go to a bar and get some sandwiches (panini or tramazini) or a small hot dish like a pasta for a couple of Euro.

Below "middle of the road" and more on the outskirts, you can find some places who offer (often open only for lunch) simple, hearty, but fairly good fair mainly to the local customers for e.g. 8 for cold appetizers, hot pasta, wine, water. If you happen to run into one of these, it might a worthwhile experience of the local life.
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I appreciate the feedback. It has been a long time (37+ years) since we lived in Italy. At least I have a handle on the cost range. Thanks again!
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