Italy has become known for its villages that sell houses for dirt cheap, paying people to move there, and as of recently, paying visitors to travel there.
Of course, there is some fine print to read; the reimbursement is for those who travel to Friuli Venezia Giulia, located in the far northeast of the country. Those who visit by train from anywhere in Italy can be reimbursed. And it doesn’t stop there; the region will also give visitors a card that grants them free entry to museums, free public transport, and discounts elsewhere, CNN reported.
And there is another catch that really isn’t too far-fetched. Visitors have to stay two nights. Not a bad thing considering there is a lot to do, like explore the art of ancient cities, miles, wineries, and some of the country’s best beaches.
Starting Friday through May 31, 2023, PromoTurismoFVG, the local tourist board, will refund the domestic train fares of travelers arriving in Trieste and Udine and at the coastal resorts of Grado and Lignano Sabbiadore to promote sustainable travel.
Visitors also have the option to travel on state-run Trenitalia trains, from the regular regional lines to Intercity and the high-speed Frecce lines. However, travelers must book a package that includes accommodation at a participating hotel. When booking a two-night package, the price of the return train ticket will be deducted as a discount from the total.
Guests will also be given a free FVGcard, which allows free and discounted entry to museums and guided tours.
Visitors coming to Trieste or Udine, they’ll receive a 48-hour FVGcard for a two-night stay or a weeklong one for stays of three or more days. This also comes with free access to the leading museums and guided tours laid on by the tourist board and includes discounts for services from pools to theaters and free or reduced entrance to special exhibitions.
There’s one more stipulation travelers should know, return tickets must be to and from one of five stations: Latisana-Lignano-Bibione, Cervignano-Aquileia-Grado, Trieste Airport, Trieste Centrale, or Udine. Visitors must also stay in one of the participating hotels involved in the initiative and book more than three or five days ahead of travel, depending on the destination.
Italian bank holidays are excluded from the offer.