Without a doubt Italy is one of the most popular destinations for tourists in the world. It holds some of the most iconic landmarks from amazing Roman ruins to incredible cathedrals. The country also boasts some of the most picturesque regions and you can find amazing beachfront villages as well as beautiful medieval towns. This makes Italy one of the best places to take a backpacking trip. Whether you are a college student taking your first steps out into the world, or a seasoned traveler looking for adventure; Italy is the perfect destination for a backpacking tour. Furthermore, the country has very accessible and widespread transportation. You can find the best train fares from Milan to Rome online and even buy ferry tickets from the mainland to Sicily. It is easy, however, to let your expenses get out of hand. Since it is a popular destination, especially during the summer months, Italy can be an expensive trip even for backpackers. Here is a brief guide on how to backpack through Italy on a tight budget in about two weeks.
To begin you will want to plan out which cities you want to see. This can be overwhelming because of the vast number of sites, but you will need to prioritize. Next, begin booking hostels in advance. These can range from extremely cheap to pricey, but a good goal for a daily budget would be around 60-80 euros, including accommodation. Maybe budget a few days that are more expensive if you are planning on going to the Vatican museum or any site that you have to pay for. Believe it or not, it is possible to do two weeks for around 600 euros if you are very frugal. You can always find cheap food and wine that will still be the best you have ever had. Next, it is a good idea to begin booking your train tickets online. This is the best way to travel around Italy because it is relatively inexpensive and actually a fun way to see the country in between destinations. Be sure to bring a guidebook and you might just stumble upon a hidden gem while travelling from one city to the next!
Now, here are some tips on where to go and what to do. Beginning in the north the iconic city of Milan is an incredible place to go. From the amazing cathedral that has recently been restored to the amazing Opera house, La Scala, there is much to see in the capital of Lombardy. The famous painting of the Last Supper by Da Vinci is also in Milan as is a cute district called Navigli surrounded by canals and amazing restaurants. On the northwest coast in the Liguria region are the picturesque towns of Cinque Terre. These brightly colored villages sit perched atop cliffs on the ocean and are some of the most beautiful destinations in the country. It is a perfect summer destination but be prepared for crowds in these small towns. Moving south is the amazing city of Florence. Smaller than most people think, it can be the best day trip of your vacation. This renaissance city has some of the best art and architecture in the world so be prepared to budget extra money for museum fees that you will not want to miss out on. You can even try to explore the city of Siena which is a short train ride away and is probably the best preserved medieval town in all of Italy. These two Tuscan cities also boast some of the best wine and cuisine in the country.
The south of Italy is almost a different country from the north and it is a great destination during the summer because of the pristine coastline. The capital, Rome, is a place you simply have to set aside a few days for because of its vast amount of sites. The Vatican City, the Coliseum, the Roman forum, Castel Saint Angelo, the Trevi fountain and the Spanish steps are all located in the ancient city. Those are just the top postcard destinations; there are even more of the greatest sites known to man in Rome. Not to mention the robust nightlife and amazing food will make you want to spend your entire time there, so be sure to plan accordingly. Next, you can shoot down the coast to Naples where you can see the sites such as Pompeii and Herculaneum as well as gaze upon the gorgeous bay with Mt. Vesuvius in the background. This is just a brief guide of the main talking points of Italy, all of which are easily connected by train. But, do not be afraid to stray off the beaten path and explore!