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Old 06-15-2007, 12:11 AM   #1
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Going to Italy for the first time. Staying a few nights at Hostel Des Artistes in Rome, and staying in Venice a week or so, but haven't chosen a hostel yet. I'd just like to hear the experiences people here have had in these cities, where you went, what your experience with the locals was etc. Any kind of dvice is welcome.
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I didn't have the chance to go in either of them, I'll let the expert answer. Just wanted to welcome you aboard !
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Going to Italy for the first time. Staying a few nights at Hostel Des Artistes in Rome, and staying in Venice a week or so, but haven't chosen a hostel yet. I'd just like to hear the experiences people here have had in these cities, where you went, what your experience with the locals was etc. Any kind of dvice is welcome.
As Esther says, welcome! Venice appears to be lacking hostels and is overloaded with "Bed and Breakfasts". So I would suggest saving a bit more money for a Venice hotel (if you are adventurous, you can camp / hang out at a train station) or just commute from Milan. I found a day (8 hours) there to be almost enough the only issue with that is that you can't spend late evenings there.

Have fun on your trip!

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Edit: I just saw that you were spending a week in Venice (I had a little dyslexia and thought you were in Rome for a week and Venice for a few days). I suggest devoting more time to Rome and Tuscany
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I did the campgrounds when I went to Venice. It seems to be where all the hostel people goto so its pretty fun. They got cabins that you stay in, not tents, and the one i stayed at (i dont remember the name) had a nice bar in it which had good nightlife since Venice didnt seem to have much itself.

I agree with Joe that a week in Venice is a bit much. You can only get lost in the maze of streets so many times before you just wanna jump in the canals .

florence is also a nice city thats right inbetween Rome and Venice that you might wanna check out.
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i havent been yet but heard the 'plus' campgrounds in italy are great so might be worth a goggle
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I did the campgrounds when I went to Venice. It seems to be where all the hostel people goto so its pretty fun. They got cabins that you stay in, not tents, and the one i stayed at (i dont remember the name) had a nice bar in it which had good nightlife since Venice didnt seem to have much itself.
How easy was it getting into the city from these? I never thought of looking into something like this. I think I am only staying in Venice one night, but saving any cash would be worth it.
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it was really easy...they had a bus that stopped close to the train station in Venice that took you to and from the campground. It left like every hour to make the trip and took like 10 min. They did charge for the bus but it was only a few euro.
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Cool thanks for the info.
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i have spent a week in venice on two seperate holidays and i really enjoyed myself...a lot of backpackers think its far too long and i guess that's because we backpackers get sick of spending money on overpriced food and accommodation, and venice is expensive... i have only ever done italy on family holidays so i wasnt picking up the bill, which probably explains why i enjoyed it so much! don't go on a gondola unless its been a lifelong dream of yours, catch the No. 1 vaporetti (is that even what they're called? the public transport boat thingys) it's a cheap grand canal tour. and buy the venice card to save some money
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i have spent a week in venice on two seperate holidays and i really enjoyed myself...a lot of backpackers think its far too long and i guess that's because we backpackers get sick of spending money on overpriced food and accommodation, and venice is expensive...
All of that is true, but more than the finances if you have limited time in Italy, it seems like Venice should only be a couple of days in order to see Cinque Terra, Milan, Sienna, Florence, Rome, Naples and the rest.

However, if Venice is a true lifelong dream destination for you, plan on a week. You can absorb every inch of it, take in concerts, roam aimlessly (and leisurely) through the town but for the average person I would recommend no more than 3 days. Traveling is a highly individualistic experience. What works for one person may not work for another (which is one of the reasons I love going solo so much!)

If you aren't that sure, then maybe you should plan on three days, and then leave the next four open. Then if you want to experience more, simply stay, if you have had enough move on to another wonderful city.

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It's a long held belief of mine that Venice is the most beautiful city in the world. I love it...however, I've never spent more than 3 days there. You will be able to find a week's worth of stuff to do, though, I'm betting. You could make it to a couple of the other islands, like Lido (sp?). Anyway, the thing I tell everyone is -- despite the expense -- you MUST spend at least a couple nights in Venice proper. The city is so, so much different after the day trippers have gone home. Quiet, lovely...so worth it.

It IS expensive, though....

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I have to second wwm - late nights and early mornings in venice are magical - though midday in the summer is closer to hellish. After 9 or 10 at night, and before 8 in the morning, all the daytrippers and tour buses are gone and you can wander quiet streets listening to locals enjoy their family meals and vendors selling their wares to local patrons - much more authentic and pleasant than the souvenir stalls and tourists along the Grand Canal. Getting lost in the back "streets" is essential. Be careful, though, a friend of ours was there recently, lost his glasses and fell into a canal. The guys that pulled him out said it happens all the time. We were there with four little kids and all managed to stay topside, but it pays to watch your step!

Ditto the vaporetti instead of the gondolas. The view from the 1,60 Euro vaporetti deck is the same as from the 60 Euro gondola ride - plus, from the vaporetti, you get awesome photos of other people in gondolas!

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