Hi folks, hoping I can get some help here. I'm thinking of spending three weeks in Italy in November (tentative dates are Nov 5-26), and I have some... vague idea of where I want to go.
Am targeting the following areas:
- Cinque Terre
- Tuscany (Florence, Siena, etc)
- Turin (well... this is because I like Juventus, haha)
Turin is optional and if possible, I would like to squeeze in Provence, but if it seems I'm gonna be stretched too thin, then I don't have to visit either. I don't have to do a lot of touristy things, but would appreciate if you guys can point out anything that I should look out for. I speak basic Italian, if that helps.
Have been looking at hostels in Rome, but can't seem to decide as they're all so expensive . Can anyone recommend one that's in a decent area? Have also tried clicking on the Cinque Terre official site to check out hostels, but it keeps saying the hostels page is not available at the moment.
I'm sorry this is all so vague at the moment, and would really appreciate any advice/tips etc.
Thanks in advance!
C.T Hostels Ostello Tramonti, Via Fabio Filzi 110, Biassa & Hostel Ospitalia del Mare, Via San Nicolò 1, Levanto
Florence Ostello Monaco34, Via Guido Monaco 34 Florence
Rome Alice in Wonderland, Via Appia Nuova 138 & Blue Hostel, Via Carlo Alberto 13
00185http://www.hostels.com/en/it.html is where I had the best luck finding places.
What a nice time of year to visit Italy! Good luck with lodging and have fun!
Well I lived in Rome for six months so I didnt stay in any hostels, but I know most of them were around Termini Station (the main station in Rome, just east of the city). That is not a good area of the city to be in. Many gypies live around there and it can be very unsafe at night, so just keep that in mind when searching for a hostel. I lived in the Roman neighborhood of Trastevere and that was very residencial and beautiful. Its just south of the Vatican and east of the Colosseum (where the Tiber makes the bend). Maximum 15 minutes from any major site! Search for B&B in that area...plenty of them!
Someone here recommended Cross-Pollinate for accommodation in Rome, Venice and Florence. Be careful staying near the Termin station in Rome (our place was OK, but I wouldn'd have wanted to be alone), although we picked up our keys at a place called The Bee Hive and it looked very, very nice. It was clean, modern and had a few dorm rooms - plus housecats (which is why I didn't stay!). Hope that helps!
Thanks Kirsten, rborzillo and Tina for all your help! I have started looking at the links you provided and will definitely keep in mind about avoiding the hostels in the Termini area, although it's quite frustrating because just about every hostel link I click on is located near the Termini. The Beehive does look very nice and clean indeed. Have looked at the Cross Pollinate site, but it seems to cater more for apartments and all, and are way out of my budget.
Was wondering... would it be better if after Rome, I base myself in Tuscany and take day trips to nearby destinations, instead of hauling myself to CT and staying there for like... three days? I'm assuming I should allocate about... a week for Rome, perhaps another week for Tuscany and the rest (if I do have three weeks to spare) divided between CT and Turin.
hi summer 910,
I live in Rome, Hotel in Rome are so expansive. If you want a friend of mine have a b&B in front of Musei vaticani, and the price is 100 Euros for double room.
Anyway In november I suggest to visit Roma, Firenze and Siena. Torino could be rainy and 5 terre is better in summer.
If you rent a car in Roma you can follow via Aurelia, 1° stop Siena, follow via del Chianti, and If you don't stop here for all your life, visit Firenze, afther you can take hihway "Firenze mare" visit PISA and go on Viareggio and direction Genova you can stop cinque teree, visit only by train, take again the car and visit portofino. From Gevova, If you don't find traffic, in 2 hours you can go to Torino. Nice city very serious It was the capital of italy and recidence of our King. But I cam from South of Italy and I prefer latin way of life. And above all I root for Napoli and Roma. So I suggest to spend more time in Rome and in a Week and in the country of Toscana and Liguria.
Let me know about the B&B in Rome.
and root for Napoli
Yeaa, you right.
Naples is marvelous city and impossible to come in Italy and don't visit it
I agree also about 5 terre : in Winter is not so nice, wind and cold, is better to visit it in Spring or Summer.
Thanks maxigigi and Kamar for your advice! I might be skipping Cinque Terre after all, will probably head to Verona as I have a friend there, am pondering a day trip or something to Venice while I'm at it. I don't drive, so I guess I'll have to get some train/bus pass or something. As for the double room, maxigigi, 100 euroes is too expensive for me, sorry.
Okay, I'm getting a lot of mixed signals about going to Rome alone. Obviously as a lone traveller I will have to be very careful, but friends are telling me it's very dangerous and all, so... has anyone done Rome solo, even if it's just a few days? What's it like?
I've done Rome and Italy solo, travelling with a tent and bike. I never felt unsafe, exept maybe standing outside Cornelia metro station in Rome at 1 am waiting for 20 min all alone in the dark for the last bus (my own fault) or walking after 10 pm in the red-light district of Catania (I got stared at bc I was alone.) In Rome stayed at Camping Roma, which is in Trastevere IIRC. It was very nice there, just across a supermarket. It is just so that their cheapest option to stay in, their house tents, is not available in winter. You'll need to get a bed in a shared cabin for 18 EUR per night. There are also a number of cheap hotels and pensions available in Trastevere. Go to a travel agency too - I saw an offer for 3 nights in a 3-star hotel in Trastevere in November that came to around 40 EUR per night including breakfast and dinner. Not a bad deal at all.
Note that if you want to do Italy really cheap you need to go in May. It will be warm enough for camping then, but not hot and not crowded yet.
[ Edit: Edited on Sep 17, 2007, at 9:12 PM by t_maia ]
On a trip to Rome 2 years ago with 6 girls, we stayed in Hostel Alessandro Downtown. We were all very happy with our choice. It's the better side of Termini Station, i guess. You have to watch your stuff over there, but it's not that it's that unsafe and actually, you have to watch your stuff anywhere in every big city. We once walked back to the hostel in the middle of the night (with those 6 girls) and there wasn't any unsafe feeling. A big advantage of the hostel is that it's in walking distance of all the major points of interest in Rome: the colloseum, trevi fountain, shopping streets,... We only took the metro to visit the pope ;-). To be honest, the hostel itself wasn't the best hostel i've ever stayed in, but it was OK and for a city like Rome it was a very good deal.