Heading to South Italy this summer? Then Go on an Italian Adventure!!
Go on an Italian Adventure
Forget Tuscany and Umbria, we’re all about South Italy and the natural rugged beauty of the coast. Travel around the famous Amalfi Coast taking in the sites of famous port city Naples, the historic Roman excavations of Pompeii and its neighbouring stunning island of Ischia. Then take a quick trip by train from Naples to Rome – the historic heart of Italy. Once you’ve waved at the Pope and thrown a coin in the Trevi Fountain you can head east for some beach life and partying at the famous resort of Rimini on the Adriatic coast. Check out our suggestions to Go on an Italian Adventure.
Bustling Naples will astound you with its friendly people, lively atmosphere and amazing views. Never far from the sea or the famous volcano Vesuvius, Naples is rich in history, culture and natural beauty. The home of pizza and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Naples is home to a whole host of Renaissance architecture and historical sites as well as the world’s best pizza. Don’t miss the historical sites of the Palace of Caserta or the nearby Roman excavations of Pompeii and Herculanuem – both Roman cities buried by Vesuvius erupting over 2,000 years ago. Enjoy a Neapolitan feast in this vibrant cultural city famous for amazing food and the beautiful sweeping Bay of Naples. It’s also the best place to stay to explore the nearby world famous Amalfi Coast, Sorrento and Capri Island.
Famous for being the friendliest hostel in town with 5 star reviews, rock up and enjoy a drink amongst friends and some more amazing pizza. Located close to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Historical Centre, the San Carlo Opera House and Piazza Plebiscito, it’s also just 50m from the port for ferries to Ischia and Capri and buses to Pompeii. Book your bed at Hostel of the Sun here
Leaving Naples head across the bay to the beautiful volcanic island of Ischia. Just one hour by ferry from Naples, Ischia lies in the Tyrrhenian Sea and is famous for its thermal spas, volcanic springs and natural beauty. The island has both stunning natural beaches and fantastic hikes as well as historic sites such as the Aragonese Castle, Gardens of La Mortella & Villa Ravino and Villa La Colombaia. Don’t miss the amazing local wine (it’s strong – beware!) and succulent sea food. The island is also known as the better looking big sister of the famous Capri and a great place to make your home when exploring Amalfi, Sorrento or Capri. An ideal location to base yourself for nearby day trips, you can take the boat to neighbouring Capri and Procida, or explore the island’s sites. Take a trip to the natural volcanic spas or just lie back and enjoy the sparkling clean beaches!
Paradise Beach Hostel
If you’re heading to Ischia then don’t miss staying at the best hostel on the island – Paradise Beach Hostel. With sea views, a pool, bbqs on the roof all summer long and a great atmosphere, it’s the best place to stay and just relax and do nothing! Book your bed at the hostel here
No trip to Italy is complete without a trip to the Eternal City. Beautiful, historic and serving up some of the best ice cream around, Rome is a ‘must do’ on any Italian trip. There is so much to see here from Ancient Roman ruins to the Pope’s pad in the Vatican. Don’t miss St. Peter’s square, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican museums – be prepared to queue… And of course, stretch your neck to get a good look at the most famous ceiling – “The Last Judgment” by Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel.
For an exploration of Ancient Rome, head to the impressive Colosseum (just like in The Gladiator), visit the Roman forum, Palatine Hill, Capitoline Hill, Circus Maximus, and Pantheon. You can walk around them all – fortify yourself with some ice cream on the way at one of the many gelaterias. For Renaissance Rome then visit hte Spanish Steps and wander through the many piazzas and of course visit the Trevi Fountain – It’s just like in La Dolce Vita! Finish off with some traditional Roman thin crust pizza, or the local delicious pasta – Bucatini all’Amatriciana. Delicious!
If you’re heading to Rome then stay at the centrally located Alessandro Palace Rome Hostel. Famous for its pizza parties and roof top sunbathing, the hostel opened in 1990 and has become one of the most popular hostels in Rome for backpackers & independent travelers worldwide. Find out more here
From Rome head east over to the sunny Adriatic Coast. Rimini is the heart and capital of the Romagna region, surrounded by hills and famous for its beautiful sandy beaches – it has over 15km of them! Rimini isn’t just known for its golden beaches and nightlife, its also an artistic city know for many Roman and Renaissance monuments including the Arch of Augustus and the Tiberius Bridge. A tourist boom town, Rimini’s stretches of sand and the beautiful scenery of the Adriatic coast attract plenty of visitors each year, meaning there’s plenty of parties and clubs to enjoy in the evenings and beach activities in the day time. There’s kite surfing, canoeing and wind surfing as well as paddle boarding and jet ski hire. The historic centre is full of history and there’s also great shopping and of course, being Italy, amazing food! Rimini is also home to famous film director Federico Fellini – try a bit of La Dolce Vita!
With a great reputation as a party hostel, The Sunflower Beach Backpacker Hostel is the best place to stay in Rimini! Only 200m from the beautiful sandy beaches and minutes’ walk from surrounding night clubs, pubs, cafes, and restaurants, the hostel also has a great bar, pool table, live music, garden and games, and of course an amazing atmosphere. You’re sure to enjoy great Italian hospitality here! Book your bed at the hostel here
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