Backpacking, Europe, Italy

Backpacking through Italy

So last summer my best friend and I decided to backpack through Italy. The decision was pretty spontaneous, and we didn’t do too much research beforehand. But we had an amazing time and fell in love with Italy’s culture and beauty. Everything is at a different pace then back home in Norway, Italians seems like true enjoyers of life, and they are so kind and warm. Through this post, I want to share our travel route and some pictures from the beautiful country. I hope you’ll find it inspiring!

HOW TO GET AROUND

So first of all, getting around in Italy proved to be way simpler then we had expected. They have really good train connections that ran often, are affordable and where the trains are in pretty good conditions. You’ll have a lot of options on what train to take, and we always just checked the day before and went there 30 min before our train departure to purchase the tickets at the station.

Other options are Flixbus which is pretty affordable if you book 24 hours before departure, and a plus for the bus is that they have electrical outlets AND Wi-Fi! I would especially recommend flixbus if you plan to go from, ex. Genova to Nice as its more affordable. Just make sure to be there a bit before, as it’s not always that easy to figure out where the bus stop is. Still, really recommend it for the distance between Genoa and Nice as the trains somehow were a bit more expensive on this specific distance.

VENICE

So we did three days in Venice. I would definitely recommend you to be out in good time to find an accommodation here. We planned everything pretty last minute and ended up settling for a camping area outside the city. It worked out pretty well as there were buses running all the time and not more than 10-15 min away, but for another time we would definitely go for something in the city itself.

You should buy a travel pass for the water taxi, for the amount of time you’re staying there. It is expensive, but it gets you around quicker, and you’ll be able to see more. There is some beautiful Islands a short boat ride outside Venice center, among them, are Burano, Mura, and Lido. Definitely worth checking out. Lido even has a beach if you feel like having a day away from the city.

BOLOGNA

We just spent a couple of hours in Bologna before we took the train to Florence. We found that to be enough at that time considering Bologna is a student city, I would love to go back during the semester to see it full of life:) We still got to walk the streets and see some beautiful buildings on our time there.

FLORENCE

Florence was one of my absolute favorite cities that we passed through. Every street is full of beauty, there are so much fascinating history and art here, cute restaurants and vibrant nightlife. Not to mention the city lies in the wine district Tuscany. We spent three days in the city but would’ve loved to stay longer.

Do a walking tour or try to meet some locals that can give you some intel about the amazing history of the city! And definitely, see it from above! ps. lots of museums are free first Sunday of the month!

PISA

Pisa was pretty cool to see, but there is not that much more to see. It’s a cute town, but pretty touristy. We arrived early and chilled on the lawn while we watched more and more tourists arrive. Afterwards we had lunch before we headed to Lucca.

LUCCA

Lucca is a cute little town with really well preserved medieval architecture if you go there I recommend you to rent a bike and use it to see the city. Its small, so we only stayed for one night, but it’s really worth the trip if you’re in the area!

CINQUE TERRE

We ended our trip in Italy with the 5 cities on Cinque Terre before we headed off to France. Cinque Terre consisted of 5 cities, that are all really close together, and it takes from 5-10 minutes with the train in-between them. There are also several hiking trails that visitors can choose to take in-between two or several of the cities. Characteristic for all the towns are the colorful houses and the mountain and the seaside. If you choose to go here, I would really recommend you to stay in one of the towns. Then you’ll be able to see it through different hours of the day, and not just during the touristic hours of the day. We only had a day here, before we had to meet up with a friend in France, but I would really recommend two. Read more about and see photos about Chinque Terre HERE.

From Cinque Terre, you could continue off to, by example Positano and Genoa if you have more time than we had. Or you can head to France to explore another country, with amazingly beautiful nature!

All in all Italy, once again, blew me away with its beauty and culture, and I hope to go back there to explore more, and ill happily go back to Cinque Terre, Florence, and Venice, the highlights on the trip for me.

Please let me know if you have any questions, or if this was helpful for you!

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