Best Hostels in Italy

Ciao and welcome to the best Hostels in Italy. This list will help you backpacking Italy like a boss. We found many fantastic hostels from Rome, Florence, Venice, Milan, over to Bologna, Pisa and Naples.

Are these the best Hostels in Italy?


The quality of hostels in Italy varies a lot. You can find really worn-out, old hostels up to absolutely incredible places like WE Crociferi in Venice. It is a former Monastery – just gorgeous!

In this list we give you a wide range of hostels; from 5 Star Hostels to Backpacker and Party Hostels. All are great! Just choose the right hostel for your own travel style.

Put on a map: best hostels in Italy

In this map we show all 5 Star Hostels and destinations we cover. Please zoom in to Italy and area to have a closer look.

1 hostel per destination

We only pick the #1 hostel for all destinations.

We unbox the hostels and check all their pros and cons. For each destination, there can be only 1 hostel a 5 Star-Awarded Hostel. This is your shortcut to your hostel-picks, saving you lots of time in your accommodation research.

And for sure, it gives you the security of a top-hostel choice without any bad surprises.

Update: We now cover as well curated 3-best hostels guides to cities like Paris, Barcelona, and Prague.

How to book Hostels in Italy?

In every destination guide and hostel review we give you the options to book (Hostelgeeks does not offer a booking service).

All 5 Star Hostels are cheaper when booking through the official website. We give you the direct access so you can save some travel-money. Hurray!

For the other hostel-destination guides we give you the most popular booking platforms, and ways to get better prices. The websites are:

Read our guide on how to book hostels (with websites to use)

Hostel Guide

We know so many hostels in Europe, we actually stayed in so so many hostels across the world. We are traveling non-stop since 2007, discovering coolest places around. Therefore, we decided to put together this list of great Italian Hostels.

And not just that.

We also created a big guide to Hostels.

We will show you how to book your hostel in a smart way, what to take into account and more smart tips.

Here you find ALL our articles about hostels.

List of the Best hostels in Italy

Enough of that. Let’s jump right into the cool hostels.

Ostellin Genoa - Best hostel in Genova, Italy

Best Hostel in Genova: Ostellin Genova

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.

  • Dorm beds start from 21€/ night
  • Private rooms start from 25€/ night

Compare prices at: | Hostelworld

Best hostel in Sicicly, Catania - Ostello degli Elefanti

Best Hostels in Sicily: Ostello degli Elefanti Hostel, Catania

Located on the 2nd oor 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.

Walking Distances: 3 min to Bus Terminal (for Siracusa, Modica, Ragusa, Noto), 5 min to Airport Shuttle, 8 min to Catania Port, 15 min to Central Train Station (for Palermo, Taormina, Mount Etna).

Prestipino, a famous pastry shop is on the ground floor of the building, baking their typical Sicilian sweets every night, so there’s often a delicious smell hanging around the complex. To burn those calories, you can join locals working out and jogging in Giardino Bellini just 10 min away, up Via Etnea, Catania’s main shopping street.

  • Dorm beds start from 19€/ night
  • Private rooms start from 28€/ night

Compare prices at: | Hostelworld

Best hostel in Lake Garda - Meet hostel

Best Hostel in Lake Garda: Meet Garda Hostel

Awesome place to relax on the way from Milan to Venice. Meet Garda has an amazing roof top terrace, bar and garden. We recommend to rent a bike and/ or boat here to get around.

What about the location?

Located in the south of the Garda lake, just 50 meters from the lake aka. ‘the beach’ and 500 meters from the train station. Rent a boat to visit the towns and their popular markets around the lake.

  • Dorm beds start from 19€/ night
  • Private rooms start from 30€/ night

Compare prices at: | Hostelworld

One of the best party hostel in Italy - Sunflower City Backpacker

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Hostel Packing List

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.

Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you need to pack.

The main things to pack are:

Read the full packing list here.

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Staying up to date

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