August 29, 2019

Italy is famous for its great food, incredible architecture, and rich history, not to mention its beautiful coastline and lush vineyards. Italy is a dream destination. Fortunately, it's quite simple to travel through the country on a budget! Continue reading to discover 5-amazing places to backpack on your Italian getaway.

1) Rome 

The breathtaking capital of Italy, Rome, is an absolute must-see on your Italian trip. Luckily, most flights land in Rome, so it's easy to leave the airport and catch everything you need to see in one day. For those on a tight budget, you can check out the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, and Pantheon, all on foot. The Vatican is also worth a visit if you have the time. Rome is the most popular destination in Italy, so it can be quite expensive to stay overnight. To save money, plan a day trip around the city, then hop on a train to your next location. 

2) Florence 

Just north of Rome, Florence is based in the heart of Tuscany. This gorgeous town is an essential stop off on your trip. Discover Renaissance masterpieces, such as, Buonarroti's “David” sculpture and Botticelli's “Birth of Venus” painting. 

The Uffizi Gallery features some of the most famous works in the world, as well, Duomo Cathedral is breathtaking to visit. Wander down the cobblestone streets and over the Ponte Vecchio Bridge and transport yourself back in time. Don't forget to try a Porchetta sandwich for lunch, and if you have time drop by some of Tuscany's famous vineyards just out of the city! 

3) Naples 

Naples is a must-see destination nestled in southern Italy. The vibrant city boasts stunning architecture and a slew of historical churches and sites. Explore the ancient ruins in Pompeii and Herculaneum, and after that, soak in the picturesque gulf with Mount-Vesuvius volcano looming over the city. 

On top of this, the rich and diverse city is the birthplace of pizza. The historical center is lined with numerous pizzerias and restaurants to try a Margherita and some buffalo mozzarella. The town is easily accessible by public transport and is just 1-hour from Rome on the express train. Accommodation isn't too expensive, there are a lot of hostels, and Airbnb vacancies just outside of the city for visitors on a budget.  

Make sure you drop by Naples for a few days to soak in the history and fill up on some delicious Neapolitan pizza! 

4) Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast is arguably the most breathtaking part of Italy. Located south of Naples, the coast is a spectacular destination, with stunning Mediterranean views. It's famous for its colorful buildings perched on precarious cliff faces and beautiful beaches. All in all, this coast is worth a visit. 

It's simple to get to Amalfi by bus or ferry from Naples, so it's a great destination to tag on the end of your travels through the South of Italy. However, because the Amalfi Coast is a tourist hot spot, it can get quite expensive to stay overnight. Try and book accommodation at some of the smaller towns along the coast to avoid the high-prices. 

5) Bologna 

A small northern city in Emilia-Romagna, Bologna is worth adding onto your list of places to visit in Italy. This historic city is famous for the University of Bologna, which is the oldest university in the Western world. While you're there, indulge in Bologna's famous meat dishes such as Bolognese sauce and amazing cured meats such as mortadella. The old center is immaculately preserved, so leave plenty of time to walk around and soak in the beautiful porticoes (archways) and buildings around Piazza Maggiore. 

These Top 5-Must See destinations only scratch the surface of what this amazing country has to offer. There is so much to see and do in Italy that it’s important to plan ahead to try and explore as much as possible.

Whether you are a backpacker on a budget, or you want to splurge on a luxury holiday, Italy is the best place for you.

Have a great trip and Buon Appetito! 

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