So, the wife and I recently returned from two weeks in Tuscany. Yeah, sorry, there's no way to type that without coming off as a bit of a boastful prick. But we did it with backpacks and a shoestring budget—bargain airfare bought back in spring, local buses for getting around, and Airbnb for sleeping (sometimes for less than $50 a night). And thanks to a decent exchange rate (one Euro equaling around $1.14), eating and drinking were cheap, too. It helps that most restaurants offer a quaffable vino della casa for less than $10 a liter and wait-staff salaries are paid by the management, not through tipping.