The romantic city of Venice is an absolute must-visit for backpackers in Italy. Famed for its criss-crossing network of canals, carnival culture and pavement cafes, the city is not necessarily known as a budget traveler friendly destination.
But with Venice hostels some of the prettiest in Europe and with prices starting at around €19 a night, it needn’t necessarily break the bank
St Marks Square
Perhaps one of the best places to stay is near St Marks Square – or Piazza San Marco. Staying nearby means travelers will be able to stumble from their beds straight into a breakfast cappuccino in one of the city's best people-watching spots.
Not far from the square sits the outstanding Accademia museum and the Campo Santo Stefano. The Peggy Guggenheim collection is just a stone's throw away and visitors won't be short on cafes, bars and bustling restaurants in this area of the city.
Say the word Venice and views of gondolas and vaporetti passing under the Rialto Bridge will be the first image that comes to mind. Finding a Venice hostel near the bridge can be relatively easy and can often mean brilliant views over the Grand Canal.
A short walk along the river from the bridge lie the Locanda Armizo Hotel and the Albergo San Samuele. Stepping out into the early morning sunshine and taking a stroll along the water's edge, makes it one of the most privileged locations in the world.
The Rialto Market is another sight; fresh food stalls litter the pavements as adventurous travelers and local Venetians bag some of the best produce in the city.
The Shakespearian idea that Venice is constantly alive with the sound of carnivals still prevails today. The city is world-famous for hosting one of the best street parties in the world.
One thing to remember is that during this peak season, hostels in Venice are packed to the rafters and often booked well in advance. Visitors planning a trip to Venice during carnival time are well advised to plan ahead to avoid disappointment