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1. Posted by Nia_wyn (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

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i am going travelling around Italy for a few months in September. anyboby with any recomendaions on where to go?..and any nice places to stay- cool hostels?

2. Posted by grace (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y


these are my suggestions:

Venice, some days, no car
Florence and the whole of Tuscany, 5-7 days; rent a car if possible
Rome; 3 days, no car
Amalfitan coast (80 km south from Naples); rent a car, 2 days
If possible, flight to Sicily and don't miss Sardinia, 3-4 day each one; rent a car

As for hotels: it depends on your budget. Check these wweb sites

3. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

And Pompeii, it's not that far form Naples and is a very interesting place!

4. Posted by LittleMad (Full Member 42 posts) 11y

what you wanna see?
Culture? Museum? Muntain? Sea?

There are a lot good place to see in italy, but depend what type of travel you are searching.

5. Posted by beppe (Full Member 144 posts) 11y

If you like medieval town also Bologna andyou will cross it by train from north to south

6. Posted by eel (Budding Member 16 posts) 11y

Not sure if you really need a car.. we spent 14 days in Italy and managed without cars and ended up seeing Rome, Assissi, Orvieto, Florence, Pisa, Cinque Terre, and Venice.
(We did rent a car for 1 day to drive around central lowlands, but the experience was not all that great. We accidentally took the car up Siena, and had some trouble parking, following directions etc. Not worth the trouble i guess..).

7. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 11y

I've been to Italy twice, and did it without a car both times. The first time we did it by bus, and the second time we had a rail pass. You should have no trouble at all seeing the country without a car. I've been to a few places...I would recommend Rome, Venice, Florence, Cinque Terre for sure....Milan and Pisa are interesting too, but not worth spending too much time in (we actually stayed in Pisa 45 minutes - long enough to snap a pic of the leaning tower and grab a gelato! ) The Duomo in Milan is spectacular, but if you don't have a lot of money for designer shopping, there is not much else to do or see there.

8. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

If you've got a few months then you can see a lot! Its really hard to know where to start with Italy - it has so many beautiful and different cities, coastline, islands.....

I would recommend investing in either a Lonely Planet or Rough Guide seeing as its a long trip. They are great to get you started and highlight all the best things to do and see. Loads of practical info as well.

I think train travel is the way to see the country. It's cheap and quite reliable (apart from the odd train strike ). It's not difficult to get to most parts of the country by rail and bus.

Highlights for me were definitely Pompeii - depending on how much of a history hound you are, allow a full day or even two full days to explore it. A trip down the Amalfi Coast is a must!

Rome, of course. It holds a special place in my heart, and it still has that empirial air about it that you cant help but be impressed by.

The Lombardy lakes - Como, Garda, etc. are a great place to just chill out and relax for a few days. Como is a piece of heaven on earth.

Florence, if you are into Art. Make sure and see David if you see nothing else.

Tuscany - just go. Pisa is a nice place to spend a night or two but that's about it I would say. The Tuscan towns&villages are where you should spend some time e.g. Volterra, San Gimignano

I could keep going but I wont....LOL!
Hope that helps


9. Posted by KoalaGirl (Travel Guru 307 posts) 11y

I'd also add hiking/training up Mt Etna in sicily (live volcano) - what a fantastic experience... best to head to Catanya and travel i9nland from there.

10. Posted by Mikey B (Respected Member 181 posts) 11y

If you mainly want to see towns/cities and a bit of countryside inbetween then train travel is the way to go. If you want to explore the rural side of Italy more then renting a car for a few days is really useful.

I actually found driving in Italy much less traumatic than I'd been led to believe - even in places like Florence.