Greetingz ! I hope this message is not too long and does not bore you!!
I am going to Europe in April, I have a friend I can stay with in Zurich, Switzerland, my mission is to get to Italy!! I intend to catch a train to Basel from Zurich and flight from Basel to Naples Italy via Easyjet (It’s the only one I can find for now that will fly to Naples) my plan is to go from Naples and work my way up via train in Italy then back to Zurich.
I have found a Hostel in Naples called Hotel and Hostel Bella Capri, im not sure on how far that is from the airport... It’s located near the water…?
It looks great! I was going to stay there 2 nights and then train to Rome and stay in a Hostel called Freestyle Hostel... Seems to look good, stay there the same amount then train to Florence and stay at Hostel Archi Rossi for bout 2 days, and visit Pisa etc I have a friend that lives in Bologna would like to visit him then if money allowing maybe train to Milan have a look then make my way back to Zurich….
My questions are is there anything that I’m missing, and other idea’s ?
2. Would it work with the trains working up from Naples?
3. How many Euro would you recommend taking for this trip?
4. When should I book my accom for the hostels???
5. If the Hostels I want are booked out are there others that are normally close by or available?
Thanks SO much for listening !!! hope to hear from you soon !!!
I would say dont miss VENICE...its incredible and no trip to Italy would be complete without it. Its near enough to Bologna, you could maybe go there afterwards. Milan didnt have much of an impact on me.
Travelling Italy by train should not be a problem as most major cities are well connected. When I travelled around Italy, we used trains and buses with relative ease.
You should book your hostels now, just to have it organised and so you're not panicking later when they're all booked up. There should be lots of other hostels available within the major towns in Italy if this is the case. Try hostelbookers.com or hostelworld.
Moneywise, if your going for about a week you should budget yourself daily....food, hostel, travel, spending money, you could maybe scrape by on 50/60 euros per day. Italy isnt cheap but it is possible to see and do lots on a tight budget.
Good Luck... you'll love it
Hostels in Florence are a bit of a problem, make sure you have reservation in advance. You also should visit Pompeii when you are in Naples.
It is going to work with the trains back to Zurich, but if you want to travel on the fast Eurostar you need to buy your tickets and you reservations at least a day in advance.
BTW, there is a little trick to save a few Eggs: At the train station in Zurich or Basel, ask the clerk to sell you a train ticket from Naples to Venice via Rome, Siena, Florence and Bologna. Tell the clerk you want regional trains only, if s/he wants you to pick a certain train. You'll get an international ticket that is valid for 3 months and lets you hop-on and hop-off on Italian trains running along the above route. (You cannot buy this ticket in Italy.) The reasoning behind this is that the ticket from Naples to Venice is cheaper than a series of tickets going Naples-Rome, Rome-Florence, Florence-Bologna, etc. You can also play around with jizdenka.cz to get a route you like. (You'll need a map of the Italian train network when you do this.) With this international ticket you'll not be able to take the fast Eurostar trains because you do not have the mandatory reservation, but it is the cheapest way to get from A to B in Italy.
Thank you heaps for the Reply guys !!!!!!!!
In the big cities you'll always find hostels. I was in Italy in the middle of summer and I often booked only a day or two in advance. I didn't have any problems until I got to the South (Bari, Lecce, etc) where not many travelers go. You'll be fine. Just know that all of the so called 'top rated' hostels will be booked up during the summer, perhaps they may have a day here and there open, never consecutive days unless you don't mind switching rooms. Archi Rossi is a wonderful hostel. You'll love the breakfast. It's the only hostel I've ever been to that serves an "American style" breakfast with eggs (scrambled or fried), meat (bacon, sausage or ham), bread (toast or roll), drink (coffee or hot cocoa) plus they have self-serve table with fruits and veggies all FOR FREE!! Haha loved it. It's a fairly large hostel and they have 6 free computers that are always in use. Luckily, Florence has the cheapest (1 euro/hr) internet cafe rates in all of western Europe (from my experience) and there's tons of them. There's one right across from the hostel. I'm only telling you this because sometimes the wait can be 30 min so you'll be better off at a cafe if you're in a hurry. Have fun!
Best hostel in Rome - The Yellow. I would reccommned that you stop in Rome on the way from Naples.
Naples to Rome, Rome to Florence is a pretty good idea fro distances.
In Naples, I would reccommend a hostel called 'Giovannis Home.' Run by a really nice italian guy, he will show you where to go, help out with maps and advice, and he cooks a mean pasta!
Definately dont miss pompeii and herculaneum when you are in naples, its a good easy day trip.
In Florence a great hostel is called Emerald Fields. They are really friendly, and if you ar elucky, Marco will take you out for the night! Not to be missed
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I went interrailing in the summer and stayed a few nights in Italy at the end- in Milan and Genoa.
Looking on the internet and when arriving at train stations we (myself and a friend) couldn't find any hostels and ended up paying about 30 euros a night for rubbish accommodation.
It was a huge contrast to being accosted at every station in E.Europe, where do you find Italian hostels online?
www.hostelworld.com and also www.hostelbookers.com
They are both good sites, with pictures of most hostels, and ratings from people that had already stayed there.
I also found it good to get chatting to people in hostels about your next destination, see if they had any recommendations, or if they could tell you where NOT to stay!
On the websites, i found it helpful to read the feedback from people who had stayed there. Some people would give it a bad rating because it had a lockout at 10am for cleaning, which didnt bother me. So have a read through and see if it looks like it would suit you.