Backpacking in Italy

CIAO Summer of 2015

7 cities in 12 days

How to travel between cities in Italy on a budget?

By train, definitely, it’s the best option. It’s safe, it’s fast, it’s cheap, it’s comfy and you get to see beautiful landscapes. We started our journey in Venice and ended up in Rome. Next year, hopefully we’ll go from Rome to Sicily.


We bought all our train tickets online, in advance and everything went according to our plan.

Where to stay:

We booked everything from booking. Try to book your stay, close to the city centre in each city.


We stayed at this hotel and I instantly fell in love with Venice. I highly recommend this hotel.

1 day is enough to see the attractions in Venice.

The train station is called “Stazione di Venezia Santa Lucia” and from there we went to Verona. We had only 1 change, in Padova.


Verona gives you the impression of a small town but the streets are so long and I do not recommend to walk by foot like we did in the first day. Use the bus.

Don’t miss a show at ArenaDiVerona  . Book your tickets in advance and bring some sandwiches and water with you as the shows last around 4 hours.


Everytime you ask italians about Milano, they will say, “don’t go, there’s nothing to be seen”. That’s just so untrue. Milanese people are very fashionable and the city is beautiful. EXPO 2015 was hold there this year. Il Duomo Cathedral and Vittorio Emanuele galleries are the  main  attraction of the city. I would only say that! I’d love to live in Milano ❤

4. GENOVA (Santa Margherita di Ligure, Portofino)

I always wanted to go to Portofino and my dream came true this summer 😀

From Milan to Genoa it takes around 3 hours by train. We didn’t have time to lose so we spend a couple of hours there. From the train station to the city centre we went by metro. In the city we went shopping and made some pictures at the pink water fountain), then back to the train station to get to Santa Margherita.

Santa Margherita it’s not much of a tourist attraction, but it’s worth seeing it if you want. From the train station you can walk to the beach and from there take a bus to Portofino. The bus to Portofino it’s cheap, but it’s very crowded, especially when you return back to Santa Margherita.


Around 500 people live there, it’s a very expensive place. We paid like 3 euros for a glass of water. Fancy parties, shops, yachts…Portofino ❤


We took the train from Santa Magherita to Pisa. We arrived late and we were tired so we took a taxi from the station to the hotel. Next morning, we went early to see the Lean Tower only and that was pretty much what we saw there. And we went by foot to the train station only to admire the city. We also went to Lucca, it’s 20′ by train. Lucca it’s an old city, famous for its intact Rennaissance walls.


And from Lucca to Florence. Florence, another amazing city full of art ❤

Book your museum entrance tickets in advance as it gets really crowded there and go there early.

For a panorama view over Florence go to Piazzale Michelangelo. You can get there by bus. If you walk 20′ you can get to Giardini di Boboli. From what I’ve heard it’s very beautiful, but we got there too late and they were about to close. Make sure you are there before 6pm.


Very disappointing! The main station looks horrible. Doesn’t even compare with the one in Milan.

Streets are very dirty, the city is full of gypsies and Asians. No offence!

Fontana di Trevi was under reconstruction. Rome had her time, now it’s gone…I wouldn’t visit Rome again. There were some good parts too, but I’ve seen too much of her bad side.

What’s your favourite city in Italy?







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