Backpacking in Italy

Travel tips for a great italian experience

by | Jan 13, 2022

Backpacking in Italy

Backpacking in Italy is an experience that everyone should experience at least once in their life! For European standards, Italy is relatively cheap, there is a lot to see and the road trip possibilities are endless. However, planning your trip might raise some questions. What budget do you need? What should you see and what not? How safe is the country, and how do I navigate it? Find out all you need to know about backpacking in Italy in this blog!

Budget for backpacking in Italy

For European standards, Italy is a Relatively cheap country for backpackers. Hostels in Italy cost between 15 and 30 euros per night for a bed in a dorm room. In case of a higher budget, private rooms average between 50 and 150 euros. Italy is also renowned for its great and inexpensive food. A casual pizza or pasta usually costs between 10 and 15 euros. As for activities, we advise bringing a university card, as it grants free entrance to a lot of major sightseeing activities. When student deals are not applicable, most attractions and museums in Italy cost between 10 and 20 euros.

What to see while backpacking Italy?

In our blog post on our routes, you can find lots of tips for sightseeing activities! The cities offer a lot of things to visit. However, we highly recommend hitting the breaks of your Vespa every once. The countryside offers lots of surprises that someone travelling by bus or train might miss!

What to avoid while backpacking Italy?

Aside from all greatness, there are also some things that you do not want to do or keep in mind when travelling Italy on your vespa. A lot of restaurants around tourist hotspots will try to usher you inside. Often this is a restaurant that tries to charge unknowing tourist above average prices. Read the menu beforehand, so you don’t get surprised by the bill! Also, avoid planning activities between 1 and 3.30 pm. Often, businesses have a siesta or lunch break. Go before or after to avoid disappointment! Lastly, it is VERY important to keep your football affiliations to yourself. Never say you are a Juventus supporter when in Naples, unless you want to get into a fight. Football is a very sensitive topic!

Safety when travelling in Italy

Italy is a very safe country and violent crime is rare. However, backpackers should be wary of scammers and pickpockets in crowded tourists areas. If you experience an emergency situation, call 113 for police, firefighting or paramedical assistance. Remember to always follow your gut and don’t do anything that you won’t do at home. We always recommend getting a locker in your hostel for your valuables and taking travel insurance in case of theft or destruction of your belongings, such as your camera. Lastly, always bring a small but equipped medical kit on your journey when doing a Vespa road trip in Italy. For local traffic rules, we advise you to read this terrific summary by Italy Explained (Driving in Italy: Laws & Rules of the Road :: Italy Explained)

Useful phrases when traveling  Italy

Even though you can speak English almost everywhere in tourist areas, only 31% of Italians speak English. Therefore, it comes in handy to learn some useful phrases when traveling in Italy.

I would like… (ordering food or buying a ticket): Vorrei…

Check, please: Il conto, per favore   

Where is...?: Dov’è…?      Tourist: Turista

Airport: Aeroporto.         Airplane: Aereo

Luggage: Bagagli             Suitcase: Valigia

Train: Treno.                    Ticket: Bigletto

Rental car: Auto a noleggio

Bathroom: Bagno           Museum: Museo

Restaurant: Ristorante  

Church/Cathedral: Chiesa/Duomo

Beach: Spiaggia Store: Negozio

If you have any questions on backpacking in Italy, let us know in the comments! Enjoy your trip, don’t forget to hit the breaks and arrivederci!

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