My husband and I are traveling from Sept 12th to Oct 4th to Prague, Vienna (staying with family in Vienna)Cinque Terra, Florence, Rome and Venice. We are 28, not students, but still love to go out and meet new people. We are interested in history and art, and seeing the interesting parts of these cities. Any advice on places to stay (on a budget) and things to do in these places? I love old parts of the city, and would prefer less modern accomodations. Are we too old for hostels? Thanks for your help! : )
Okay the best thing I ever did in Prague was hire a local guide. The city is just packed with interesting stories about... EVERYTHING, from folk tales to the communist rule. Our guide was just a woman from the area who spoke so-so English and it was awesome. Generally I am not big on guides, but the fact is that there's not a whole lot out there in English about their various stories.
In Florence, if you have the time after the Uffizi, etc., I totally recommend doing day trips into the area, to see the hill towns. Try San Gimignano, Greve, Siena, or basically any of those little towns. They're all fantastic and you get a real taste of Tuscan life.
Thanks! We will do that- I hadn't thought of a guide, but now we'll look. I can't wait to see the smaller towns in Taly!