Best Places for Backpackers in Italy.

Enjoy backpacking around Italy without a fixed itinerary by using our handy listings of the best hostels in every destination. Specially curated for backpackers and economy travellers, we help you find an amazing place to stay no matter where you're headed!

The best backpackers destinations & accommodation in Italy.

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Top 50 hostels in Italy.

These are the 50 most awesome hostels and budget places to stay in Italy.

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B&B La Fenicia

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B&B La Fenicia

B&B La Fenicia is the ideal place for a stay in Palermo, great free WIFI connection throughout the property, air-conditioned rooms with soundproofed windows, free public parking under the structure, great Italian breakfast, convention with local restaurants and pizzerias make the B & B La Fenicia an...
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Monti del Sole

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Monti del Sole

The B&B Relais Monti del Sole Hotel offers exclusive guest rooms, from which you can see breathtaking views of the Belluno Dolomites National Park, the medieval town of Feltre, and the Basilica di San Vittore lit at night. Each of the romantic 'rooms with a view' has been carefully furnished with ol...
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Panoramic

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Panoramic

Located in historic center of Rome. We have private rooms, television, iron, air conditioning, private bathrooms, and no curfew. Brand new rooms. When you open the window you can see a beautiful view of the green garden It is only a 3 minutes' walk from the train station, 10 minutes' walk to th...
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Centro Storico Via Manno B&B

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Centro Storico Via Manno B&B

The Bed & Breakfast Centro Storico Via Manno is conveniently situated in the centre of Cagliari, just 10 minutes from Poetto beach. It offers guests comfortable accommodation in a peaceful historic building. Thanks to its central position this B&B is well connected for public transport and is ideal...
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B&B Bella Trapani

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B&B Bella Trapani

Just a step from the pedestrian zone of the historical center and the landing stage to Egadi islands (Favignana, Levante, Marettimo). Very close to the railways and bus stations to go easily to the nearest touristic localities. 600m to the beach along the north part of Trapani. In B&B package with r...
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Bad B&B and Design

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Bad B&B and Design

BAD is the first Design Bed&Breakfast in Catania - is in the beating heart of the city: in a XIX century building, next to the historical fish market (the Pescheria), within a stone's throw from the Cathedral and the main monuments of the town. Here you will have a peaceful sleep among graphic, i...
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Hotel Ungherese

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Hotel Ungherese

Florence Hotel Ungherese is a Family run Hotel located in a typical Tuscan villa, at the picturesque foothills of Fiesole and immersed within the peaceful residential neighbourhood of San Gervasio, yet only minutes from the historical City Centre. Hotel Ungherese is equipped with an enchanting...
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Kemonia

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Kemonia

Rooms: Our rooms are extremely comfortable, spacious and well illuminated, with two of them having access to a lovely balcony. The rooms have the private bathroom is in front of the room. COMMON AREA: Whilst relaxing in the dining room, you will be able to use our brochures to discover the wel...
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Villa Piccola Siena

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Villa Piccola Siena

Our experience in hospitality will to make you fall in love deeply with our beautiful land. Our staff, composed by receptionists, guides and experts, is always at disposal to provide you with the best services you might need or require. Its strategic location makes it possible to easily reach b...
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Bed and Breakfast Al Calicanto

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Bed and Breakfast Al Calicanto

B&B Al Calicanto is on the hills in the neighbourhood of Bergamo, wonderful medieval town, 4km from the city center. It is easy to reach the Old Town, by bus or by car and by bike too. The house is in Sorisole, a lovely village 4 km from the centre of Bergamo. A part of the house is for guests on...
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B&B Su Cantaru

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B&B Su Cantaru

B & B Su Cantaru is located in Villanova of Monteleone just 24 kms away from Alghero in Sardinia. All rooms are furnished in the traditional Sardinian style, equipped with TV and security box. Each room has its private bathroom with hair dryer and courtesy set. Daily Bedroom cleaning, and linen...
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Campanella3

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Campanella3

(((( Special )))) : Top Class Guesthouse! Antonella and Ivan welcome you to their lovely B&B in the heart of Rome :) We are near the wonderful St Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and Saint Angelo Castle. From here you can easily reach the entire city by foot, bus or metr...
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Il Vicolo B&B

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Il Vicolo B&B

Il Vicolo B&B is located in Milazzo: that's an independent house of modern construction composed by 4 double rooms all with private bath. All rooms have the air conditioning system. The style of the rooms is warm, receiving and modern. The hosts moreover I can have use of of the angle baking, of...
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Al Giardino dell

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Al Giardino dell'Alloro

In the historical centre of the city, inside the quarter of the Kalsa, just opposite Villa dellAlloro, our apartment is different from the others. In the rooms and the common spaces you will find paintings, photographs and sculptures of contemporary Sicilian artists. You will find not only well-fur...
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Hotel Residence Nemo

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Hotel Residence Nemo

Hotel Residence Nemo The family owned hotel, offers to its guests a quiet, reliable and Mediterranean ambient, flexibility, since all needs of the customers are accommodated. Independent access, with an electronic remote control than independent administers access to and exit from to the hotel....
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Hotel San Desiderio

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Hotel San Desiderio

The young and friendly staff of this newly managed hotel will make sure you experience a very pleasant stay and will do the utmost to make you feel at home and comfortable. Hotel San Desiderio will be glad to provide you with interesting information on the excursions to the beautiful towns and attra...
Hotel San Desiderio is a hotel in Rapallo. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Ca' Riza

Until 1300 Venice was the most important merchant port in Europe. There were regular sailings from Venice to just about everywhere, especially for the ports of northern Europe and the Black Sea. The 'Albergarie' grew up in order to accommodate the travellers to and from Venice's shores, amongst th...
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Hotel Fiorita

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Hotel Fiorita

Hotel fiorita is located in the historical and commercial centre of Florence just 30 metres from the main railway station (S.Maria Novella), the Air Terminal and the Congress Centre. There is a parking area nearby or a garage service is also available for 18 per day. We are a recently renovate...
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I Mastrazzi

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I Mastrazzi

I Mastrazzi is an enchanting family-run B&B, located in Riposto, a small fishing town on the coast, just 20 minutes from Taormina, offers quality accommodation at budget prices! The building itself was once a residence for local fishermen but has been delightfully renovated to provide comfortable...
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Fabric Hostel & Club

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Fabric Hostel & Club

A XIX century fabrics factory, now completely renovated as a modern 5 stars hostel! 20 min out from the manic downtown Naples, right where you want to be! Vesuvius, Pompei, Amalfi coast and Capri are all easy to reach from this clean and pretty neighborhood. Location: FH&C is in Portici, a q...
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Ostello La Rocchetta

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Ostello La Rocchetta

Correggio: the town is small but not its nobility of birth. In 1000 the seignory of the Da Correggio family, in 1452 an earldom, in 1616 a principality which in 1635 became part of the Dukedom of Modena under the dEste family. These historical events characterised Correggio as a vital centre not on...
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Il Giglio Guesthouse

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Il Giglio Guesthouse

Dear traveler, welcome to Il Giglio Guesthouse in Florence! 'We won't check you in, but make you feel at home!' Position! In the heart of Florence (5 - 10 min walk from major sights, such as Duomo, Palazzo Vecchio), right next to the main railway station Santa Maria Novella (5 min on foot) an...
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B&B Casa di Pam

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B&B Casa di Pam

You can find our B&B in the historical center of Scicli near the pedestrian area in the 'World Heritage List' of UNESCO. Only 20 km from Ragusa. It's placed 10 minutes from the pleasant beaches and from the sea cities of Scicli's. Hi, I'm Pam, a painter who likes to have a lot of people from...
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Casa Lagana

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Casa Lagana'

Casa Lagana' is the best choice for stay in central Reggio. Very conveniently located every attraction is walking distance. Our guesthouse has a rooftop terrace and lots of common space to relax. WiFi in public areas is free. Additionally, tour/ticket assistance, barbecue grills and a front desk sa...
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B&B Castello

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B&B Castello

The structure includes the B&B, a bar and a restaurant-pizzeria, and a free private parking. In front of the property there is a playground for children, and the restaurant also has a new children's area. In the morning you can enjoy an excellent breakfast buffet with sweet and savory food such. O...
B&B Castello is a guesthouse in Cimbergo. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Ca' Widman

Ca' Widmann Guesthouse is nice artistic accommodation with a fabulous view, huge apartment Venetian house a very nice Venetian floor, three rooms, salon, and nice kitchen, very innovated place.we are available to help you with everything you need, available by whats app , by email if you need any i...
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Balarm Hostel

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Balarm Hostel

The Balarm Hostel offers comfortable air-conditioned dormitories, large and bright soundproof windows with balconies overlooking the city, all rooms also have clothes racks, reading lamps, near the beds and comfortable mattresses (20 cm). Our structure was born in 2018 offers all guests free use...
Balarm Hostel is a hostel in Palermo. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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L' Appartamento Spagnolo

L' Appartamento Spagnolo is an apartment on the 2nd floor of an ancient build with no lift. The apartment has a bathroom, a room for changing with closet and storage space for your belongings, a kitchen and a seating area with guidebook in various languages and reading books. The apartment feature a...
L' Appartamento Spagnolo is a apartment in Naples. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Tukory, Flat For Rent

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Tukory, Flat For Rent

Tukory, Flat For Rent is a newly renovated and well-equipped apartment with internal Garden. This apartment is conveniently located at the historical city center only 5 mins to Palazzo dei Normanni, Catedrale di Palermo, Ballarò and Vucciria markets. In the apartment, you will find Kitchen,...
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Antica Botte

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Antica Botte

Antica Botte, set in a natural contest of extreme beauty, is surrounded by a luxuriant Mediterranean garden and is furnished in a refined way, in order to give the guests a relaxing atmosphere, privacy and peace, perfect for couples or families wanting a holiday in total freedom. You will find a wid...
Antica Botte is a guesthouse in Sassari. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Guest House Maria Francesca

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Guest House Maria Francesca

Guest House Maria Francesca is only a few steps from Naples Central Station, we offer comfortable rooms and a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. We guarantee high quality services at a reasonable price. The structure and the rooms are all recently renovated and realized in a late classical style....
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Agriturismo Pra

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Agriturismo Pra' di Reto

Pra' di Reto is an old farmhouse of the second half of 1500, now restored, and in the courtyard the stone arch is probably the oldest part of the house. 50km from Lucca Guests can enjoy their stay in a friendly atmosphere, breath old flavours of typical tastes of Garfagnana, share with other gues...
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La Terrazza sul Po

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La Terrazza sul Po

The terrace is composed by two double rooms with a common bathroom, a kitchen, a wide terrace an - upon request - a private garage. Available on request a car conducted sight seeing, in 5 different languages: english, spanish, french, russian and hebrew. la terrazza sul po. Our bed&breakst ov...
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Silvia e Paolo

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Silvia e Paolo

The house is on the first floor of a building in the historic centre of Nuoro. Large bedrooms and cozy common room for breakfast and relaxation. AIR CONDITIONING 3 double rooms for a total of 6 beds. Possibility for an extra bed for each room. 1 room with a bathroom at use exclusive, the ot...
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BB Fly and Beach

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BB Fly and Beach

BB Fly and Beach is located in front of a big beach, 5 minutes' from Rome/Fiumicino airport, near new Rome expo and 20 minutes' from Rome city. We have 3 double rooms equipped with bathroom, tv, air conditioning and minibar free. The shuttle car service to airport is free,available before 8.30...
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Al Sandalyon mare

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Al Sandalyon mare

Beautiful villa with garden and panoramic view. Close to Poetto beach and the most beautiful beaches in the South-East of Sardinia. We offer our guests 3 double bedrooms one with ensuite bathroom (exclusive, inside a room) and two with exclusive bathroom outside the room. The rooms are elegan...
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Ai Lumi Bed&Breakfast

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Ai Lumi Bed&Breakfast

The B&B is settled in the historical heart of Trapani in a XVII palace close to its many historical and cultural sites. Acclimatized rooms with private bathroom, TV. In an ideal position, at few km from local airport and at 5 minutes on foot from the railway station. Guests benefit of 15%...
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BB da Rosa

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BB da Rosa

BB da Rosa is Linguaglossa, in the heart of Etna, near the highest and most active volcano in Europe, soon we will find, nestled among pine forests and beautiful vineyards. The particular geographical position offers the opportunity to enjoy the quiet of the mountain, with many nature trails suit...
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A Casa Mia

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A Casa Mia

Welcome to the B&B 'A casa mia', a Liberty style building close to Colle Aperto in the Upper Town, from where you can enjoy a wonderful view of the Hills of Bergamo, of the Lower Town and beyond... Within a stone's throw, the cable railway will take you to San Vigilio, where you can visit the rui...
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Stella

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Stella

The guest house Stella is located a few hundred meters from 'Porta Sant'Anna', one of the most beautiful entrances of the famous walls of Lucca. The property, an early 20th century building, has been renovated, taking care to preserve the traditional features, such as the wooden beam ceilings and...
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UrbanPop

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UrbanPop

Urban Pop b&b opened in 2018 in the heart of Catania, in the elegant Via Etnea. it is strategic position for our guests which can easily reach not only all the main tourist attractions of the city, but also the nearby urban and regional bus stops. The property has the kitchen opened all day long...
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B&B PompeiLog Guest House

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B&B PompeiLog Guest House

Pompeilog is one of the few real B&B in the area, has a friendly atmosphere will let you feel at home in few minutes. Featuring free WiFi and a barbecue, B&B PompeiLog offers possibility to enjoy the dinner on the patio to meet new people and relax after a long day discovering my land, and than sle...
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Amedeo

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Amedeo

Bed & Breakfast Amedeo Residence is situated in the heart of 'Chiaia', the most exclusive area of Naples, only 1-minute walk to the underground station of Amedeo square, in the city centre. The B&B is situated on the first floor with lift of an antique building. Bed & Breakfast Amedeo Reside...
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B&B Kelly

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B&B Kelly

Bed and breakfast Kelly is a luxury guest house nestled in one of Verona’s most popular suburbs, walking distance away from good restaurants, pubs and various other tourist attractions.Our accommodation is defined by quality facilities, exceptional customer service and a peaceful environment in a b...
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Ostello Verbania

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Ostello Verbania

Ostello di Verbania is set in a magnificent nineteenth-century villa on Castagnola hill, the green heart of Verbania, just a short walk away from the town centre, and is surrounded by about 3,000 square metres of gardens. The enchanting view of Lake Maggiore and the Borromeo Islands that can be e...
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La Zagara

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La Zagara

La Zagara Bed & Breakfast is situated in an ancient country house recently renovated with modern and ecological facilities: solar panels, woodstove heating, low energy lamps etc..rnThe rooms, with en suite bathroom, are well furnished:rnLa Bussola room is furnished with period furniture, original fl...
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La Dolce Vita - Luxury House

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La Dolce Vita - Luxury House

La Dolce Vita bed & breakfast is located in the heart of Agrigento, 50 metres from the railway station and the coach station, and a 5- minute- ride from the wonderful Valle dei Templi. The Bed & breakfast overlooks the magnificent church of San Calogero (12th cent.) and is located inside a palace...
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Ai Vicere

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Ai Vicere

The Bed and Breakfast Ai Viceré is located in the historical center of Palermo, it is in a prestigious building of the XX century. Rooms are spacious and elegant, tastefully furnished and each one has a private bathroom, air conditioning, wifi and TV Breakfast is always included in the price...
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B&B Sosta Sul Lago

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B&B Sosta Sul Lago

Quietly located on the shores of Lake Como, B&B Sosta sul lago is the best starting point for your visit to the region. Sosta sul lago features two rooms, the orange room is a double room with a stunning lake view, and purple room is a triple room which gives the possibility to accommodate a four...
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Eraclio B&B

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Eraclio B&B

You will find Eraclio B&B in a strategic location in the city centre. Closeby many small shops where you can buy handmade jewelry or enjoy the lively local arts and crafts. Close to the sea, Barletta has a long beach that satisfies all needs. Barletta, eclectic city with a thousand faces secrets...
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Things to see and do while backpacking in Italy.

Check out tips from other travellers and bloggers and their experiences in Italy.

If you're already planning to visit Italy - scroll to the next section for a list of the best places to stay.

What You Must See

Italy, in general, is amazingly rich in art and history, and Rome is no exception! Since the terrorist attacks in Europe, security measures are strict in most landmarks, and you will notice a strong police force on the streets. You will be required to go through security checks at all major landmarks, which can cause some lines and delays. So here’s the scoop on what to visit!

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The Hidden Charm of Italy - What to Do and See in Bologna

Rome is eternal, Venice is impressive, and Florence artistic, but currently they are all too touristic. However, there is an often neglected Italian city that is neither so famous nor so visited, but frank, charming, delicious and so worth seeing – Bologna. In Italy, it is known as La Dotta, La Grassa, La Rossa (the learned, the fat, the red) and after only a few hours spent in the administrative capital of the region Emilia Romana you will be falling in love with it and planning your next trip.

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Historic centre:

Basic knowledge of Italian history is a valuable asset when visiting a city that is filled with historical sights throughout the city. This goes back to the Etruscans who settled in Italy. It was Julias Caesar who established the city we now know as Florence. It fell into the hands of the Medici during the 1400’s and they allowed the city to flourish in all cultural aspects. They have left many marks in this city that can still be seen today. One of my favorite

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Rimini - destination for perfect vacation

I love visiting seasides, and I love Italy, so it’s not surprising that Rimini has left a great impression on me.

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Roman surroundings

If you are planning to stay in Rome for a quite-long period of time (even if you are not, of course) don’t forget to explore Roman surroundings. Only 40 minutes away from Rome there is the amazing Tivoli where you can visit the beautiful rinascimental Villa d’Este (UNESCO world heritage) and Villa Adriana (and also you can eat the biggest sandwich of your life at Pippo’s). Or if you have time to take a whole day, you can go and visit Canale Monterano (where many movies have been set) and have a pic nic near the old abandoned Cathedral. By the way, Italy is not that big and you can even plan a one-day trip to another region.

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Bus Shuttles to Arese or Serravalle

Hope you enjoy your stay in Italy and find this useful on your trip to Milan and let me know how it went!

Alina Boaca

Food

I have only one thing to ask regarding food, have you actually been in Italy if you didn’t eat Italian pizza while there? Well, that was my guiding thought so I naturally opted for pizza. I did not regret it. There are so pizza places to chose from that is virtually humanly impossible to make a choice. There are several possible ways to solve that problem. One, ask Google, I am sure there are helpful sites with good reviews that will help you choose. Two, ask a local, because they probably know where to find good and yet cheap food. Or three, do as I did, simply let your nose lead you and go there where you smell a fresh pizza. I know I didn’t make mistake and had a pretty good pizza followed by great cup of amazing coffee.

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Monterosso

It’s the biggest one of the five with its population of slighly more than 1500 inhabitants and the one furthest north. Coming from Tuscany this was my first stop while visiting the Cinque Terre, and my jaw literally dropped when I got out of the train station and I found myself directly by the sea (most pleasant train station environment i’ve ever seen in my young life for sure). The train journey itself from Tuscany to Monterosso is quite incredible itself and it’s probably one of the most panoramic train routes in Italy, leading you through the hills overlooking the sea, you have a magnificent view over the translucent blue water in a warm welcoming frame of olive trees.

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Rome, Italy: Places to visit

This is a quick walk through the beautiful Rome – the capital city of Italy. As soon as you arive at the Ciampino Airport, the journey begins. First of all, you have to take a taxi or a bus (there are plenty of them right in front of the airport – I recommend the bus, for 5 euros you can travel comfortable) and go to wherever you are staying.

Ana Stefanel

Walking among history

I think that’s enough shade thrown on Sweden for one day. (It truly an amazing and beautiful country. You should come visit! Just make sure you come for other purposes then the rare phenomena of a sunny day, and you’ll be fine.) Back to Italy, and Rome. I always visit visitacity.com before traveling to a big city like Rome. It’s a good way to make sure you’re not missing anything and you can see everything there is to do at the specific location. Hot tip, they also have an app. I’m not sponsored, I promise (ha ha) it’s just a good app I use frequently. The city of Rome, with all its narrow streets; crowded cafes and gelaterias; beautiful scenery and gorgeous historical architecture scattered around, is a mesmerizing and entertaining experience. Wandering the streets of Rome, you not only feel as if you’re walking around in ancient history – you are! The sights – with all its acclaimed history – is all around you. And no matter where you go you can’t help but stop to consider just how beautiful it is, take some photos, and continue five meters until your jaw drops again and you simply have to stop once more. I would imagine it to be someone with a passion for architecture´s top 5 places for inspiration.

Isabell Andersson

Cities of Italy

Italy is a country with so much to offer! There are loads of lovely cities to visit with so much history to take in. With Rome being the countries capital, it’s a good city to start your adventure. Rome alone is home to many historical landmarks such as the Roman Forum and the Colosseum. Rome also surrounds Vatican City. The Vatican museum has a constant flood of tourists waiting to see sculptures, paintings and of course Michelangelo’s ceiling which is held in the Sistine Chapel. Some may even hope to catch a glimpse of the pope. When it comes to going inside the Vatican Museum, there are certain rules you need to abide by. As a sign of respect, shoulders must be covered. If it’s summer time, you can buy a light scarf which will do. Remember, this is a religious place as well as a tourist attraction. You’re more than welcome to take photos throughout the museum however, cameras in the Sistine Chapel are not allowed. It’s also a room of silence. I have been inside a couple of times and do see people pull out their phones to take photos while having a casual conversation with their friend. It is frustrating when you’re trying to take in all of the culture and other people aren’t showing the same respect. Always be considerate and abide by the rules. It’s about 10 minutes of quiet time and you can always chat away once you’ve left the room. Depending on how long you want to spend in the museum, you can get a guided tour. I have done both and don’t think it’s a necessity for everyone. If you’re happy enough to walk around at your own pace, go for it! 

Casey Hadfield

HISTORY SPOTS

There is a law in Italy which dictates that if there are five or more cats living someplace, you can’t move, chase or hurt them in any way. Therefore, estimated kitty population in Rome is something around 300,000 and many of them live in ancient monuments, even Colosseum.

TrippingWolf

The top 7 must see places and sights:

The cathedral is huge and has no comparision and if you pay a little extra you can climb to the top and see the dome inside and out. it’s a great panorama. Coliseum, Rome’s great gladiatorial arena is the most thrilling of the city’s ancient sights and the one that impressed me the most. Here you should use the skip the line option as well because there are tons of people waiting to get in even early in the morning. Walking around there are lots of ancient ruins and parks: The Roman Forum, the central area around which the ancient Rome was developed; The Circus Maximus which was the largest stadium in ancient Rome and,also, I’ve looked for the Trajan’s Column (Italian: Colonna Traiana) which is a bit historical for us, Romanians, as it shows the history between our founder – Decebal and Trajan, the roman conqueror in those times, or something like that. Interesting nonetheless. The Vittorio Emanuele Monument (Italian: Altare della Patriaor Il Vittoriano) is a huge monument built in honour of Victor Emmanuel, the first king of a unified Italy and if you take a touristic bus you will not miss it. Piazza di Spagnia and the Spanish Steps (Italian: Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti) are a set of steps climbing a steep slope between the Piazza di Spagna and its fountain at the base and the imposing Trinità dei Monti church at the top. Around here you can take beautiful pictures of the narrow streets full of motor scooters. Also, if art is what you like you can walk about 500 meters and reach Villa Medici with its art exhibits all year round and interesting garden “all’Italienne” which is unique for Rome. The Trevi Fountain is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and the most beautiful in the world. A traditional legend holds that if visitors throw a coin into the fountain, they are ensured a return to Rome, or their wishes will get fulfilled – whatever you choose to believe. I’ve already been there twice so it must be true. The Pantheon with its thick brick walls and large marble columns makes an immediate impression on visitors. But the most remarkable part of the building is the more than forty-three meter high dome with a hole in it that allows the sun to breach inside. It was the largest dome in the world until 1436 when the Florence Cathedral was constructed. Piazza Navona is one of the most famous and arguably the most beautiful of Rome’s many squares. The large and lively square features no less than three magnificent fountains and a colorful crowd. Its the perfect place to grab something to eat or at least drink some coffee at one of the many caffes with tables outside. P.S. If you have time and is still sunny outside go and see the seaside. They have a direct subway line ?

Julie

Italy: 90 Days on the Island of Elba

Italy: 90 Days on the Island of Elba A few months ago, I was getting off a plane with my skin tanned brown and dust caked under my nails and into my clothes. I was ending a beautiful two weeks in sandy, sunbathed Arequipa, Peru and was greeted with the harsh wind and biting cold of New Jersey in February. I was returning home to Long Island. I have to admit, I had been missing my little beach town but I was coming back here with no idea what to do except to try and pick up a few shifts at my old job, save a bit of money, and… then what?

Simone Roy

Interrailing around Italy

When I was in my last year of high school a question that got asked 24/7 was “where are you gong on your 6th year holiday” and most of the people in my class would reply with “Zante, Ibiza or Magaluf“. These places are what I would call “Hell”. Don’t get my wrong these places probably have beautiful beaches and some great culture but I’m afraid people that go there are not looking for that, they are looking to drink all night, make fools of themselves, go to sleep for 12 hours and not remember a thing when they wake up…fun. For me on the other hand when people would ask me that same question I would reply with “I’m going Interrailing around Italy“, The sheer horror on there faces when I told them I wasn’t going to be drunk every day for 2 weeks straight was remarkable.

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The things you will see

Portoroz is part of the municipality of Piran, an area bordered by Croatia to the east and Italy to the west.  Piran, the birthplace of Italian composer Giuseppe Tartini honors him with a statue inside a square named after him. The square lies adjacent to neat little cafes on cobblestone paths overlooking the marina. It was here at one of the cafes I sat on New Year’s day and watched as the locals jumped into the freezing water as part of the town’s New Year’s day traditions. On the other side of town in an area called Seca, known for it’s camping and bike runs, where bikers can take a ride along the Adriatic sea in full view Croatia and epic scenery of Portoroz and all its amazing orchards and wine vineyards that cover its hills.

Cam Lewis

Few reasons why Catalonia wants the independence?

There have always been people willing the independence in Catalonia but the percentage wasn’t never that high. It increased a lot the past few years with the help of the Spanish government and its leader, Mariano Rajoy who, instead of reaching agreements and use dialogue as a tool to try to maintain Spain “happy” (that would also mean Catalonia), got completely blinded by his fears and forgot what “politics” and “democracy” really mean leaving us sometimes thinking we travelled in time back to 1939 – Franco’s dictatorship – and feeding indirectly the separatist movement with his disrespectful statements. Few reasons why Catalonia wants the independence? Catalonia became a nation in 988. Has its own culture and language. Barcelona is the city in the world that has been bombed more times by Spain. (A bit curious  most punished territory is theoretically “Spanish owned”). Lluis Companys (catalan president) was the only president elected democratically in Europe who got shot and even now Spain is refusing to override symbolically the case. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mt31tCJdsLE There are more universities teaching catalan in Germany or Italy than in Spain. Catalan is actually forbidden in the Spanish Parliament. Every year, Catalonia gives to Spain 16.000.000.000 euros more than the money that gets  back from the government. (That’s why we are in debt) Catalonia is the 16% of Spain’s population and contributes with the 20% of the GDP. But only gets back the 9.5% of the State budget. Spain refuses to invest in infrastructures or social action plans in Catalonia. (ex. Mediterranean Corridor) Catalonia’s parliament approved the Autonomy Statute which we presented to the Spanish parliament by 2006, 4 years later, after a long wait (too many pages to read I guess) they basically said “NO”. Catalonia’s president asked for a fiscal agreement similar than the one other Spanish regions already have but also got a “NO”. Catalonia tried to ask permission to elaborate a referendum on self-determination but obviously, got a “NO”. Catalonia realised there was a law approved already by the parliament which specified Catalonia could consult its people about any topic, so Catalonia did it with two questions on November 9th of 2014: – Would you like Catalonia to become an State? – Would you like the State to become independent? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABkfT8ocG0w The Spanish president, Mariano Rajoy started alleging it was unconstitutional, the results wouldn’t be relevant and everyone behind it should be judged. The former president of Catalonia was accused of attempting against the Spanish Constitution and had to attend to court. The votes were declared unofficial and out law and even there was an independent majority, the Spanish government kept acting like nothing was happening.

Mrs. Pushkin

A picturesque weekend in Urbino, Italy

Urbino. A little UNESCO heritage village immersed inside the center of Italy, also well known for the important university that the city has. I had the chance to visit the city quite often, due to the fact that I grow up in Fano (only 1h an 15m from Urbino). If you are looking for a special place where you can go and relax inside the beauty of the Italian artistic history… that’s the right place. The village is situated on the top of a hill and around all you can see are just immense green or white (during the winter season) hills. No contamination, no pollution, no loud noise, just a full immersion inside the typical italian countryside life. The all village is a walled city, where the only thing that escapes from this walls is the immense medieval palace of the Montefeltro duke of Urbino.

Olga Bartolucci

The Food

From the beginning, we were amazed by how many restaurants in Milan and in Italy in general were. In some streets, they were literally ten by each others’ side, all looking great, full of people, all doing just fine. A few of those I really want to mention.

Daria Fester

Venice stinks – FALSE

It is very common to hear this. But no, it’s false. Venice is a very peculiar city: no cars, no factories, just few boats. This means that Venice is not a polluted city and one of the most livable in Italy. So, where does this legend come from? Few years ago in Venice there was an exceptional low tide (this happens commonly every 20-30 years) and many canals ended without water for almost 12 hours. Due to this, most of fishes died. Yes, in that occasion the city was extremely smelly, but only for few days.

Ale Vidal

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