Planning a trip to Italy? Between the diverse regional cultures, incredible nature, some of the best food in the world, and all the rich history, Italy is the ultimate vacation. But between all the incredible things to see and do, as well as places to go, it can be hard to save money, if you’re not careful. Hostels are a great way to pinch the pennies on your trip and you can meet like-minded, young travelers along the way. Check out the best hostels in Italy for amazing, affordable spots throughout the country.
1. Generator Hostel, Venice
The stunning city built on the blue canals of Italy, Venice, is home to tons of great hostels to make your trip to Venice far more affordable. Check out the Generator Hostel Venice, located on the Giudecca Island of Venice. Generator Hostel sits in an old, converted warehouse, where inside the hostel boasts an artsy yet chill vibe. Plus, it’s just a short vaporetto, or water taxi ride away from some of Venice’s most popular sights, including San Marco, Doge’s Palace, the Grand Canal, and more.
Book yourself a private room or a dorm-style shared room. Shared rooms can hold up to eight guests in the small dorm and up to 16 in the large dorms, each filled with bunk beds, shared bathrooms, and individual reading lights and outlets. If you’re booking a private room, you can book one with room for four guests, perfect for a family, or a twin room, double room, and sky suite. The Generator Hostel offers guests breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as cocktails and drinks in the evenings.
2. The Yellow Hostel, Rome
Head on out to the Eternal City for the vacation of a lifetime. If Rome isn’t already on your bucket list, it definitely should be for the amazing sites, mouthwatering food, and rich history, and culture. If you’re looking for a place to stay, check out the Yellow Hostel. The hostel is located right in the heart of Rome, putting you within walking distance to some of the city’s best sights. The Yellow Hostel is easily considered one of the best party hostels in Rome, so if you’re looking for a good time, you don’t need to look far. The spot hosts DJs, parties, and activities for almost every night of the week.
The Yellow Hostel’s rooms are just as fun as the rest of the hostel. Each is clean and sleek and comes with enough space to feel at home. The budget dorms have room for up to 10 guests and offer an affordable housing option to save up for more adventures in the city. Mixed dorms, with or without a private bathroom, hold four to six guests in the modern bunk bed clad rooms. The hostel also offers female-only dorms, both with or without a private bathroom, for four to six guests, as well as private rooms offering two twin beds.
3. Ostello Bello, Milan
Located in Northern Italy, Milan is the high-class, fashion capital (and one of the fashion capitals of the world). In between roaming the streets and checking out the best deals at the shops, you need a hostel that can keep up with your standards and shopping bags. Check out the Ostello Bello Hostel Milan, located in via Medici 4, in the heart of the city. Ostello Bello Hostel is just walking distance from Piazza Duomo, as well as many other top sites. The hostel has 24-hour reception and security, so you don’t have to worry about a thing.
Ostello Bello brings everything right to you. Need a drink? The hostel has a bar. Looking to relax? Head up to the rooftop terrace, complete with hammocks, barbecue pits, and a veggie garden. Bored? Check out the large collection of games, ping pong tables, and a lounge with a full entertainment system. Each room has free WiFi, USB plugs for every bed, air conditioning, and access to the hostel bar. During your stay, you’ll also get free access to luggage storage, laptops, and iPads to borrow, as well as printing, your own safe, towels, and more.
4. Hostel Ospitalia Del Mare, Levanto, Cinque Terre
Italy’s charming western coast, Cinque Terre, is home to many winding cobblestone streets, colorful seaside towns, and some of the most stunning views in all of Italy. Of course, the region is full of great places to stay, but our top choice is Hostel Ospitalia del Mare. The hostel is located right on the rocky coastline in a building dating back to the 12th or 13th century. Hostel Ospitalia is a backpacker’s hostel, offering an affordable spot in one of Italy’s most popular destinations.
Check out the hostel’s private and dorm-style bedrooms, each holding between two and nine guests, and each has a private bathroom. Ospitalia has more than just the rooms for you to enjoy. Check out the hostel’s terrace space to relax, common room, free breakfast, in-house safe, discounts at nearby restaurants, and more. The hostel leaves you close to the Cinque Terre National Park, letting you explore all the paths and towns along the way.
5. Youth Station Hostel, Rome
Yes, another hostel in Rome, but the city and this hostel are just so great, we had to include it. The youth hostel in the Eternal City sits right beside the train station, lending to its name. The hostel is close to some of the best museums and parks of Rome, as well as metro stops to get you over to other parts of the city easily.
Youth Station Hostel offers guests key card access, 24-hour check-in, rental laptop, common rooms with TVs, individual reading lights by every bed, free WiFi, and more. The hostel was recently renovated, so you can rest knowing that the most modern appliances are at your fingertips. The rooms at the Youth Station Hostel each come with private bathrooms, in either dorm-style or as a private room. Plus, the staff at the hotel are known to go above and beyond to serve the guests and make sure each every one has a great stay in the hostel and in Rome.