(I almost didn't come home!)
I have wanted to hop over to Italy several times while in Greece and just got around to it this fall! I hopped the pond with just a backpack and intentions of backpacking Italy for 8 days (I ended up staying 10!) and then going to Greece. It's safe to say that Italy is a mecca of art, architecture, and beautiful beaches. Weather you're into smaller towns and wine tasting, beaches and views, or larger cities with lots of museums and sightseeing, you can plan a fantastic trip around one or all of these priorities. I particularly enjoy all 3, so I tried to hit multiple locations in this one trip. I compiled some of my favorite experiences, and a "travel guide" of sorts for solo backpackers!
Positano was an absolute dream. All of the Almafi coast (as well as Capri) were a must see. The town is also really beautiful and secluded- be prepared for lots of walking here!
Florence was my favorite city- if you like art the suffixing gallery is necessary. I did a “Uffizi highlights” tour (with Walks of Italy) because it is nearly impossible to navigate the whole museum on your own!
Rome was lovely- I personally enjoyed the Sistine Chapel tour the most. It is VERY crowded, however, so be prepared to navigate lots of people. I did a “Rome in a day” tour with the same Walks of Italy company and it hit almost all the major highlights in a 7 hour walking tour. It was great to do especially if you are traveling alone and love history!
Venice is so different than anything I’ve ever experienced in my life- I highly recommend taking the water taxis, they are expensive but much less so than the gondola rides and you still get to ride around convientley!
Link to walks of Italy website to book tours: www.walksofitaly.com
Also: check out my VSCO for more photos! I love using this app! http://vsco.co/elenilenore/
Here is the link to my video in Positano (thanks to GoPro): https://www.facebook.com/eleni.lenore/posts/1326733610782678:0