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Hostels in Rome, Florence, and Venice
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Hey All,

I am just looking into hostels in Italy. Has anyone ever stayed at the 7 Santi, or the Archi Rossi in Florence? What about Colors Hostel, Sandy’s Hostel, The Beehive, or Yellow Hostel in Rome? How about Casa Gerotto in Venice?

I am looking for centrally located, reasonbly priced, clean, friendly, helpful hostels in the above stated cities.

It seems that most hostels throughout Italy tend to be on the higher-priced side. Additionally, I have read reviews on other sites about some hostels that were terrible. Some were dirty, some were inconveinently located, some had bugs, some had mean staff, etc etc.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks, and happy travels!


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I stayed at Archi Rossi. It was very good. Secure, clean, central, and I met some cool people as well.

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Hello,

user_name, I just went to the Archi Rossi website and people posted that they don’t take reservations and that you have to show up by 6am to get a room in the summer months. I am curious, when did you go, and how hard was it to get a room? Thanks

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user_name, I just went to the Archi Rossi website and people posted that they don’t take reservations and that you have to show up by 6am to get a room in the summer months. I am curious, when did you go, and how hard was it to get a room? Thanks

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I was there late summer. I think late September(the city was damn busy)..I arrived at like 2pm from Cinque Terre via Pisa. Archi Rossi was only like a 4-5 minute walk from the station. When I got there they said they were booked. Told me to come back tomorrow before 10am. I saw tons of 2 star hotels and asked how much they were..ended up getting one for 35 euros. Queen size bed and everything…but the building and place itself was depressing as hell. Next morning I get over to Archi Rossi at like 9:30am and got my room no problem. Stayed there the rest of my stay in Firenze. What you should do is call them a day or two before you get there and ask what time you can come in at the latest to get a room. If I would have done that there wouldn’t have been any problem.

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THANK YOU!!!!
I really appreciate your help.
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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, found 7 Santi okay so decided to stay on there. In Rome I stayed at Gullivers that was pretty good,but I have also read some good reviews about the Beehive. 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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Hey all,

Thank you Jennifer&Chester! Curious, were there curfews or lockouts? I been looking online at different hostels in Italy and SO MANY of them have curfews and lockouts for some bizarre reason (how annoying).

Also, were the prices decent (i am on a major budget)? And, random weird question (something I am freaked out about)— are the showers/bathrooms seperate or communal? I am NOT into the communal thing.

THANK YOU!!

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Funkyj, most hostels have shower booths so you have some privacy. Archi Rossi was cool because it(like other good hostels) seemed to have bathrooms en-suite in all rooms. So there was one bathroom for every bedroom. You could go in there and lock it to ensure total privacy.

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When you go to Rome you could stay at www.italyfarmstay.co… that is just one hour and a half from Rome in Abruzzi National Park.
You could book in advance then leave your bagguage at the termini station and explore the city the whole day then you could catch a bus and reach that place. It is just €15 B&B very good.
It is a farmhouse there are many activities such as horsering, classes in Italian cooking, hang-gliding, hiking in the mountain – some very beautiful place.
But that is if you want to see a different aspect of Italy and if you like nature. If you don’t, do not take it into consideration.

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Hello again,

italiano, that is a GREAT reccomendation!! Staying on an organic farm in the Itallian countryside is totally up my alley!

Thanks SO MUCH!!!

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italiano, that is a GREAT reccomendation!! Staying on an organic farm in the Itallian countryside is totally up my alley!

Thanks SO MUCH!!!

If you like those kinds of places, this place Fattoria Basetto in the heart of Tuscany is MUST visit. Along w/ the mountain hostel in Gimmelwald, this is the most relaxing and serene locale(on a vineyard) for a hostel(technically, its a guesthouse) I saw:

http://www.bassettog…

Only an hour from Florence, they’ll even pick you up at the train station. Oh yeah, try the cooking classes they offer..really cool!

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Hello,

user_name, thank you for that link, I will consider staying there as well.

italiano, is it difficult to get a reservation at the farm during the summer months? If so, how far ahead should I book?

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In summer time. It depends when. June and July is okey. I would try to book a couple of weeks in advance.

About the farmhouse in Tuscany. We stayed in different ones to compare. But it was a dissapointment. First of all they are too expensive. They do not offer a wide selection of actitivies. We were expecting to find a real farm but most of them they just produce wine and olive oil. If I go to a farmhouse I real expect to get a self-sufficient organic farm. That is what I want.
In Abruzzi National Park: you are rigtht between Rome and Naples and it is a real national Park. I mean beaitiful mountains to climb, many animals such as dears bears and many more.
I think that Tuscany has become too much touristict for farmhouses. They charge too much.
Anyway in italyfarmstay.com they will come to the station to pick you up as well and you do not pay for the trasfer. They also have the cooking classes but together with many activities.

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Hello All,

Italiano, do you know of other organic farm stays in other regions of Italy?
What kinds of activities did you do at the farm stay? I am interested in hiking and the hangliding. Did you hang glide?
How was the staff?
I am thinking the food was great.
Any other comments about the place?
I am totally looking foward to staying there, thanks again for the reccomendation.

Be well and happy travels

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"Agriturismo," farm stays, are popular throughout Italy – googling will yield almost inexhaustible resources to research – offering accomodation and activity from the most elegant on antiquitous estates to a mere humble bed on the most modest of working farms. Another possibility is WWOOF,World-Wide Opportunities On Organic Farms, http://www.wwoof.org… As well, are non-profit organizations offering internships in organic farming. In Tuscany, for example, the Spannocchia Foundation, http://www.spannocch… is well-known.

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Ciao,
I have never tried hang-gliding even though I would like to try to compare it with paragliding. I was just told that is more difficult to learn.
About wwoofer.com I would go for helpx.com that is the very same thing the difference is that is free. It gives you the chance to be in a farm and learn some skills. I want to do that too.
Agriturismo: I would avoid Toscany and Umbria region. They are too touristic and expensive.
I would go for Basilicata, Calabria or Sicily. I think those are very good regions for staying in farmhouse. Reasonable price a lot to see beautiful nature what else do you want ?
I love nature so whenever I travel I spend some days in the city and then I go to the countryside to learn about the culture through people. I think that is the most interesting.
Activities: as you can see in www.italyfarmstay.co… the activities section there is a lot to do. You could simply rent a bike and go to the lake. It is called Lago Posta Fibreno. There is a natural foating island. check it out on the web. We go for a swim there in summer time. The water is really cold it comes straight from the moutain. Nobody goes for a swim. We say it is our personal lake.

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hello,

Thank you all again for your responses.

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I’m going to rome in March with 3 of my friends. I wanted to know whether it’s better for us to stay at hostels or go get a hotel and split it. We don’t mind sleeping on floor but would the hotel allow it? any hotel suggestion would help. thanks

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About the farmhouse in Tuscany. We stayed in different ones to compare. But it was a dissapointment. We were expecting to find a real farm but most of them they just produce wine and olive oil. If I go to a farmhouse I real expect to get a self-sufficient organic farm. That is what I want.

You’re disappointed that they only produced wine and olive oil? Well, they are advertised as a VINEYARD. Thats what vineyards do.

I got exactly what I expected, and it wasn’t touristy at all. Quite the contrary.

You clearly work for the farm near Rome.

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The equivalent of farm in Italian is fattoria and that means animals.
So a farmhouse should have animals.
Now I recently went to a farmhouse in Volterra that is in Pisa province. The farmhouse is www.agriturismosanlo… and I was dissappointed. I mean the food was really excellent and it was kind of isolated and that is very good for me. The rooms were very clear and spacious.
But there were no animals. There was no place to go hiking. There was just a kind of hill and it took half and hour to reach the top. There was nothing to do apart from a cooking classes.
But it is not just Italy I compare it with other farmhouses in the world. We recently went to Venezuela and we stayed in a farm in Los Llanos and it was just great. If you ever go to Venezuela you could go there. You can just stay in a farm since there is the only thing you will find there. We were involved in many activities related to nature.
It depends on what you want to do when you go to a farmhouse. We want to be involved in some actitivies – sport stuff like that.
For example we went to a farmhouse in Sicily on the foot of Etna so we could climb it. That was also great.
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Hello again,
TO all of you who have posted and helped me with accomodations in various parts of Italy, I also just posted on the Favorite Places forum regarding different places in Italy to visit. Since many of you seem experienced w/ Italy travel, mabye you can share some suggestions?
I would so appreciate it, as I am so thankful for your previous advice.
Take care everyone and happy travels to all!!

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Just got back from Milan, Venice, and Florence 2 weeks ago. I would TOTALLY recommend this hostel called Locanda Daniel that is in Florence. My friends and I were gone for almost a month and this hostel is probably one of the best ones that we’ve come across. It’s right 5 minutes from the train station, close to everything, the Duomo, about 2 blocks from the central market. It was $20 for weeknights and a little more for the weekends. But, this place is really clean and the bathrooms are not even a problem since there are two and they are the kind with locks on them, like a regular bathroom. They clean it everyday for you and even put soap on your bed! I met some really cool people there. The only thing about Venice and Florence was that I didn’t feel like there was much of a night life. Eat all the gelato that you can when you are in Florence because there aren’t that many gelatarias in Venice. If you are going to get leather, get it in Florence! Venice my friend and I stayed at a cheap B & B, so can’t really help you there! Have fun!