Backpacking Italy

Are you planning a trip to Italy on a budget?

Backpacking Italy is then a fantastic idea. This country is packed with cool hostels to explore, cheap destinations and a few gems you will admire all day long.

Here we share all our articles related to backpacking Italy. We share where to eat in Venice on a budget, and the 3 coolest and best hostels in Rome.

Read: the best hostels in Europe

All hostels we recommend are great for solo-travelers. So don’t your worry when you are backpacking Italy alone.

A few things to know before traveling to Italy

1. As a daily budget, I would calculate around 60$ (50€).

You can stay in a hostel a night for around 20€. Eating out can be cheap in smaller destinations and the south. Big cities like Rome, Venice and Milan are more expensive. Here I recommend to cook your own meals in the hostels kitchen.

Read: Our guide to hostels.

2. Some restaurant charge a so-called coperto or other fees. Always ask how much something is BEFORE you order.

3. Traffic in Italy, well, let’s call it creative. Watch out when crossing the streets!

4. Wanna hunt down the best pizza? The best Pizza in the country can be found in Naples. There are a few streets you should avoid. Ask your hostel for more information (I don’t know the area to well to give any hard, solid information!)

5. Bologna is a food capital, it’s epic to come here

6. Venice is gorgeous and pricey. Opt for the best hostel in town, the WE Crociferi. Then you can stay on the main island and save money in transport.

7. Renting a car is a popular way to travel. It is safe, and easy. There are tolls though you’ve to pay. Compare car rentals in Italy here.

8. the cheaper option is traveling by train. Trains can be quite cheap, just check out the official train in Italy.

All articles for traveling Italy in an overview

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Packing list for Traveling Italy on a budget

Find our full hostel packing list here.

It features 23 items you need to pack. The main things to pack are:

  1. earplugs
  2. eye mask
  3. key chain flashlight
  4. the right backpack, the Lowe Alpine Lightflite 40 Pack
  5. packing cubes
  6. generic padlock
  7. quick-dry travel towel
  8. universal power adapter
  9. travel-sized toiletries
  10. The hostel address – written down

Read the full packing list here.

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If there is any question you have on how to plan your trip to Italy on your own, please drop us a line. We would be happy to help you.