Female solo travellers will love the female dorms at Combo Torino.
This was once a fire house, now a boldly designed hostel in the midst of Europe’s largest ethnic market.
Enjoy an on-site restuarant, bar and shop, plus plenty of space to hang out and a buffet breakfast you won’t be able to turn down. Stay here and you’ll be situated right in the heart of Porta Palazzo neighbourhood.
Keen to discover the very best hostels in Bologna? I urge you to visit Bologna on your way from Florence to Venice or vice versa. It is worth it. It is a students city, with a fun nightlife and exquisite food.
Where do you think the Bologna Sauce originates from?
We’ve got a nice surprise for you; there is a 5 star hostel here, too.
We are keen to share with you the Combo Hostel as the 5 Star Hostel in Bologna!
Update: Combo Hostel was previously named WE Bologna Hostel.
Here we have a student’s residence close-by to the old town, city center and railway station.
Expect big: there are 244 beds here! Each room has an en-suite bathroom. Win!
Make sure of the refreshing outdoor area, great coffee bar and kitchen/ breakfast room. Don’t forget to challenge your new friends in the games room, too!
We Bologna is also a very cool place to stay as they host local events like wine tasting, food trucks, cinema shows and so on. Super fun! Many locals come here as well, so it is a place to meet locals and travellers alike.
Good to know: We Bologna has a 10-15% discount on their website here.
The building = wow! Ostellin Hostel is located in a marvellous and characteristic building. Its ceilings are covered with frescos and the apartment is completed with typical mosaic Genoese marble floors.
There is even an original fireplace in the kitchen and large windows for natural light.
What about the location?
Historic city centre, 2 min walk to the central square and popular Piazza De Ferrari. Within an easy walking distance to the main attractions.
Here we have a relatively small hostel offering 50 beds, and private bathrooms in each room.
It’s the location that gives Ostello di Porto Venere the edge. The beginning of the trail to 5 Terre National Park is right outside the hostel. The historic centre and bus stop are just 50 metres away.
Sometimes it’s nice to have everything you need under one roof at an affordable price. Hostel of the Sun offers just that for the budget conscious traveller.
The breakfast is free, there’s a kitchen to cook and there’s a bar with reasonable priced drinks. The Wi-Fi is free and everything is so close you won’t need to spend any extra coins on transport once you’re there.
You’ll enjoy the cosy rooms, too which come with linen, reading light and air-con.
Timbuktu is the only hostel in this area of Italy, and my-my is it a good one.
The fisherman town of San Vito lo Capo is just 12-minutes away, where local markets and a big church can be visited.
This hostel uses solar panels to heat the water and almost all of the wood is recycled. Enjoy a rooftop terrace, living room, kitchen and citrus garden. The sea and mountain views from the terrace are awesome!
This ancient port on Sicily’s east coast sits at the foot of mighty Mount Etna. Are you prepared to spend a night or two at the bottom of a live volcano?! We’re sure the answer will be yes once you’ve seen these two hostels:
Located on the 2nd floor of an iconic palace from the 17th century, boasting high ceilings with frescos, floor-to-ceiling glass doors opening onto balconies that overlook busy Via Etnea and Piazza Università, the design of Ostello degli Elefanti is certainly unique.
It also boats a rooftop terrace with breathtaking views of Mount Etna and the historic center.
Its extremely popular outdoor bar, open from April to November, is a hot spot among locals.
What about the location?
Between Piazza Duomo and Piazza Università, the two main squares of the city, right in the heart of the historic center. It doesn’t get more central than this!
Everything around here can be explored on foot, and the hostel offers two free bikes for longer tours.
Update: This hostel has permanently closed. Unfortunately there are no other hostels in the area currently that we recommend.
SanVito Hostel is a great option for female solo travellers (there are female dorms) and sociable butterflies (option to join local treks).
The terrace has to be the best spot in the hostel. It has ample space to socialise and great views over the city. Breakfast is included and there are nearby restaurants and bars so you needn’t worry too much about making time to prepare dinner.
With a short bus ride it’s possible to enjoy the day lazing on Marina di Ragusa beach. Yes please!
Best Hostels in Sardinia
Alright then, for those who did not about this lovely Italian Island, we found three hostels for you:
Alright, let us introduce you to MuMa Hostel, a hostel and a museum – the Museum of the Sea and the Masters of Axe -. Featuring the MuMA cafe right from the hostel reception, MuMa bar, MuMa lounge and a large garden area – perfect for social travellers and backpackers alike.
This hostel is located in SantʼAntìoco a smallest island well-connected to Sardinia. This hostel in Sardinia provides 32 rooms with free WiFi, free breakfast and free parking spaces.
Okay, after finding all these super cool places, it’s time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack.
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We will keep adding all the greatest budget accommodations. Whether it is a Design Hostel, Boutique Hostel, Eco or Green Hostel – we will have a close look on these backpacker accommodations.
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