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Hostels in Italy
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I will be traveling to Italy on March and I would like some hostel suggestions from you guys previous experiences in some of these cities and ideas about prices and how full do u think they will be at this time of the year, will be easy to just walk in to a hostel and be able to get a room or would I need reservation?

Naples
Rome
Florence
Venice
Milan

Thanks!!!Smile

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You won’t have any problems just walking into a hostel in any of those places and you’ll find a bed. Like anytime of year though, the earlier you get there, the better chance you have, so just show up as early as possible and secure your bed for the night.

One reason that I like to book a bit early is because if i’m staying at a hostel for 3 or 4 nights, I like to keep the same bed and not have to move to a new room every morning. If you just show up, then you may have a bed everynight, but you may have to shuffle around a lot. But for March, I wouldn’t worry about it. Most hostels shouldn’t even be close to full that time of year.

Here are some suggestions for hostels

Rome – Alessandro Legends (or either of the same chains other hostels, Downtown and Palace locations)

Florence – Hotel Sampaoli (Archi Rossi seems to be quite popular and you cannot make a reservation for it so everyone will just be showing up)

Venice – Hotel Belvedere (NOT a recommendation) – There was nothing wrong with it, and it was cheap because it was on the mainland, NOT on the island Venice. It’s just not the best place i’ve stayed, however, it’s so easy to find, and Venice is sooo confusing to find anything, that I would stay there again.

You can find reviews of all these places on www.hostelworld.com and www.bugeurope.com

I always check out both sites before I ever decide to stay anywhere.

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Thanks a lot nivid Smile

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Nivid is right about turning up, I stayed at the following places: Rome: I stayed at Gulliver’s House, I found that too be ok, it’s only a 10 minute walk away from the Termini Station, www.gullivershouse.c…, have also heard good reviews about the Beehive. In Florence I stayed at the 7 Santi Hostel, nothing too flash, wanted to stay at the Archi Rossi but you couldn’t book that in advance, not too sure if things have change since. In Venice I stayed at Hotel Alex (this was my spluge stop) price included breakfast, it’s only a 10 minute walk from the train station or if you prefer take vaporetto (water bus) n° 1 or n° 82 to stop n° 10 (S. Tomà) www.hotelalexinvenic…

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I went to Rome over spring break a few years ago and it was a hoppin’ town. I like to have a reservation for my first night and ended up booking a single at Fawlty Towers and moving to a dorm the following night. They turned lots of travelers away but usually helped them find other places.

I’ve only stayed in a double at Papa Germano but I did have a look at the dorms and if I ever went back to Rome I’d probably stay there.

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Where all are you going other than Italy Amber? I plan on landing early march in Dublin or London and dont really know where I’m going from there. Plan on staying till June unless I find a reason to stay longer.

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mirednomad….I ill be going London, Munich and if I have time maybe Switzerland. You are lucky you are staying that long…I only have a month Frown
Maybe we should get in touch Smile

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Amber:

I fly into Dublin March 5th and from there I have no real plan, just going with the flow. If you want email me, roecker_fj@yahoo.com. Like I said I have no real plan so I’m up for anything.

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Rome – Pop Inn Hostel…..It’s great..I love the people who run it…it’s right across the street from the termini…so you’ll have zero problem finding it.

Florence – Archi Rossi….very good hostel.

I stayed in hotels in milan and venice…and I forget the names..

I suggest considering staying in sorrento instead of naples…not that naples is bad….I’m just saying, if you want a kick back place…you can chill in naples for a few hours and then relax in sorrento…

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Thank you guys,I checked the sites and they have been of a lot of help!!!

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You can reserve Archi Rossi in Florence, through their website, but it shouldn’t be too busy in March… It’s probably the most social place in Florence and I enjoyed my stay there

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When In Rome, I recommend staying at YELLOW.. it’s pretty close to the train termini
HOWEVER, i also recommend using the stairs and avoiding the lift. My sister got stuck in it.. Good hostel tho!

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Zacshleigh – I got stuck in the lift at yellow in Rome also!! It was early in the morning when I was rushing to get to the airport, it would have been really funny if I hadn’t been so stressed…

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By far, the hostel in Positano on the Amalfi Coast !!!!

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Someone mentioned the Behive in Rome. It’s very nice – quiet. But, it fills up quickly. You won’t be able to just show up. They start taking reservations two months in advance and within a week, they’ll be filled up.

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In the area where we live there is a very cheap guesthouse in a beautiful area. http://www.affittacameredamomo.it/
It is decent and inexpensive.

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I too can reccomend the Yellow hostel in Rome, very clean, great location, good party vibe but not to the extent that you can’t sleep!
I didn’t get stuck in the lift. There is a huge amount of cheap hotels and hostels around the Termini so you shouldn’t have a problem turning up and finding a room

In Venice the HI hostel is very good, typical HI with large dorms, very clean and good value restaurant.It is in a fantastic location just across the Lagoon from St Marks. It really is the best value place to stay in Venice which is a really expensive place for accomodation. However because of this it does book up in advance.