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Post by jmkelly » Mon Jun 25, 2007 9:01 pm

Can someone tell me how to find good hostiles in Italy?
I will be in most of the major towns over a 4-6week period.

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Post by Roby » Mon Jun 25, 2007 9:14 pm

John ,

Tell us where in Italy you will be traveling so that we can help you. Do you have an idea where you'd like to go in Italy?

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Post by Roby » Mon Jun 25, 2007 9:20 pm

John ,

Here is a helpful link to locating hostels throughout Europe .. Many great reviews.

Here are some other alternative accommodations

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Post by Roby » Tue Jun 26, 2007 12:00 am

Here are some other links

Other websites
here is a great website for research
go to It has everything you need and most hotels on this site offer online booking to help you even further! It will also tell you distances to landmarks etc. Great website for anywhere in Europe also. You can also filter your search by ratings on the hotels, from 1 to 5 star hotels. even 5 star Luxury hotels if there are any available

Other information

Frommer's Italy, ; Rick Steves' Italy, and Rick Steves' Europe through the Back Door; and DK books on Italy, Lonely Planet's Italy,.

Rick Steves as well as the others have books on some of the major cities in Italy.I would advise you to check them out if you are going to be in a major city.

You find them at your local Barnes and Noble; Borders , and other bookstores. and

I would advise to go to the bookstore and look at these book to see which one you like best. Personally, I like Rick Steves' books.

Traveling on a budget
Frommer's has a book called Italy for 95 dollars a day. I would recommend this book as well as Frommer's Italy. Rick Steves' Italy is a great book as well.

Budget wise 100-125 dollars a day per person is a good amount.

If you are planning to go to major cities, pick up Frommer's, Lonely Plant or Rick Steves' books on the major cities especially if you are going to spend a great deal of time in a particular city.
You will find a lot of information on budget hotels, inexpensive restaurants, saving tips, etc.

Check ut this site for travel tips and recommendations

Information for Rome

Here you go...

The area around Termini station is perfectly fine.Keep your money in a money belt out of sight or in your front pocket and walk with purpose and you will have no problems. Always beware of your surroundings. You must be careful in any place in the world.
If you plan to use the station, don't hesitate to stay nearby

Here are a couple of hotels that I can recommend:

St. Moritz Hotel
51 Via Nazionale
Rome 00184 Italy
Tel.+ 39 06-48-68-90
Fax: +39 06-47-40-097

The Hotel St.Moritz is a 3-star accommodation located in the centre of Rome in a beautiful building dating back to the 19th century
Breakfast included
Price range 65 Euros to 250 Euros all year around

Hotel Italia
Via Venezia, 18
Roma, 00184
Tel.+39 06-482-8355
Fax +39 06-745-550

It is situated in the heart of historic Rome. Near the Spanish Steps, Fountain of Trevi, Termini station and the Colosseum. It located 3 blocks from Termini station. Breakfast included
Price Range 50 Euros to 200 Euros

I personally have stayed at the Hotel St. Moritz and Hotel Italia. I haven't stayed at the Hotel St. Moritz in many years. I like the location of the Hotel Italia and the staff is very friendly and helpful. I have stayed there several times. The hotel is not fancy, but I really enjoyed staying there.

***Some words of advice: Read reviews on the hotels, B&B's etc, where you are thinking of staying.

Additional information

***The 110 Bus--This is a good way to get an overview of the city, but don't expect a full blown tour...the attractions are highlighted using a prerecorded message in several different languages (they provide headphones). I would only recommend this bus if you're nervous about getting around the city on your own. I would suggest using this tour on the first day you arrive so you can get an overview of the city and try to get your bearings. You can buy the tickets at Termini station. The cost is about 13 euros for a hop on/hop off tour or 8 euors for a non stop tour.

***It is well worth it. I rode the 110 Bus to get around the city when the distances to walk were too far. It is cheaper than a cab/taxi ride. You can get on and off all day.
April-September: 9:00-20:00
October-March: 10:00-18:00
For info and booking: +39 06 46952252

Helpful link for moving around Rome

Hostel in Venice

Foresteria Valdese
Castello 5170 30122

From Campo Santa Maria Formosa, cross straight over the square into Calle Lunga S Maria Formosa. Foresteria Valdese is just over the bridge.

Tel: 041 528 67 97 (info)
Tel: 041 241 62 38 (info)

Staying outside of Venice

Okay here is the thing you can stay in Mestre which is closer to Venice and the hotels will be cheaper than if you stay inside Venice! Keep in mind that you will be paying a bundle just to stay in Venice. The transporation to go to Venice from Mestre or Treviso is inexpensive and very easy since the buses going to Venice are labled VENEZIA and it's the last stop! The trick is remember where you took the bus when you go back at night, but you can ask your bus driver which usually are friendly and will let you know. I stayed in Treviso in Park Bolognese Hotel which was nice and has a/c and the bus to take is literally across the street! You buy your ticket round trip from the newsstand across the street and they will tell you where to wait for the bus. Word to the wise when waiting for the bus keep an eye for it becasue you have to signal (waving) the bus to stop otherwise it will keep on going ! Also trying going to Sidestep for discounts! that is where i found a great deal!


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