driving the south of Italy...Tips and accom. Can anyone help

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1. Posted by Vee. L (Budding Member 16 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Me and boyfriend are travelling to Europe for the first time. We will be travelling mainly by “Busabout” tour. However we are planning to do some driving whilst in Italy. We want to drive from Rome to Catania (Sicily). We would like to find cheap accommodation at least 5 different locations on the way...so far we have only found a hostel in Cortona, close to Tuscany (only 18eur- Ostello San Marco)

Does anyone have any other ideas for accommodation along the south and west coast of Italy?

Our top tourist spots are Amafi coast, Pompei, Sorrento, Positano, Cosenza, Catanzaro, Reggio di Calabria, Catania…having said all this, however, we do not want to stay in these cities as they are quite pricey around this time of year…Does anyone have any suggestions on accommodation driving distance from these areas?

Can anyone give us any tips on driving the south of Italy?

Has anyone ever stayed at Ostello San Marco in Cortona?

Any feed back would be a great help!

2. Posted by none (Full Member 70 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I am also travelling to the south of Italy this summer. I am going to Naples, and I am finding this site useful: http://www.hotelsinnapoli.com/

3. Posted by Caesar (Full Member 74 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

i would suggest to stop in the Cilento area (southern Campania, 2 hours from Salerno) which is uncovered and not as touristy as other sites, and cheaper as well. My family comes from there so i cannot give you tips on accomodation but an english friend of my sister came to SANTA MARIA DI CASTELLABATE and found a nice little hotel run by a family with great views and nice food. They loved it. don't remember the name of the hotel.

Other suggestion would be a little southern, in MARATEA, it's one of the best seasides of all Italy. There are many small beaches between the rocks, the sea is like in Sardinia. You can't get wrong!

This part of Southern Italy is less known than the Sorrento-Amalfi Coast therefore you get fairly reasonable prices.

In which period will you be in Italy?

4. Posted by Vee. L (Budding Member 16 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

G'Day guys, thanks for the prompt replies...

Carlos..I will look into those places you suggested (Cilento, Maratea and Santa Mari Di Castellabate) Thanks.

In answer to your question...we will be driving Italy in Late June - around the 23rd! (the high season)

Thankfully, we have family in Calabria and Sicily so those places wont be a problem for accomm. but the places in-between are the worries...so if anyone is reading this and you have any other tips or advice....Bring it on!!Please!


5. Posted by amanecer (Respected Member 203 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

if are planning to go by car you can look for rural farms, sometimes less expensive than hotels, but obviously in the countryside.
other idea is contact the local tourist offices and ask them to send you a list of accomodation in the area(maybe they can send it by e-mail..)
I live pretty near Cortona, I don't know the hostel, but the town is really nice. I also suggest you to vist Castiglion Fiorentino, which is very close to Cortona, and is a well preserved medieval town.

ps if you plan to go by car from Tuscany to Sicily, you need to have enough days to spend on holidays: it's a very long way, about 1000 km, and the motorway between Salerno and Reggio Calabria is absolutely the worst in Italy, be careful when you drive there.