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Hostel hop your approach to Europe’s hidden gems

Ticking off bucket listing objects you’ve all the time dreamed about is nice however moments you by no means noticed coming hit totally different when travelling overseas. It’s simple to get misplaced with everybody else within the chiselled torso of Michelangelo’s David, however it’s the out-of-the-way cafés, sundown barbecue dinners with new buddies, and big-hearted hostel hosts you’ll keep in mind without end. Right here’s my listing of hidden gems from my Roamies Final Europe: Berlin, Tuscany & Greek Temples tour and how one can unearth a few of your personal:

1: Observe Florence’s first Sunday of the month rule

In order that anybody can see the town’s best treasures without charge, a whole lot of the favored museums and sights are free in Florence on the primary Sunday of the month. Our timing was fortunate as we had a free day to discover on the primary Sunday in July. Even higher, our superb hostel, Florence PLUS, was only a ten minute stroll to La Galleria dell’Accademia to see Michelangelo’s David. I anticipated an extended wait however we bought in after solely 5 minutes in line.

Later, we walked to one in every of my favorite spots within the metropolis, the Giardino Bardini, a renaissance backyard in Oltrarno with one of the best metropolis views and a extremely beautiful cafe on the prime. The price to enter the backyard is usually about 10EUR however due to the ‘first Sunday of the month’ rule we bought in totally free. Below the identical deal, it’s also possible to go to close by Boboli Gardens however it’s extra well-liked with vacationers so could also be busier.

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2: Admire Venice’s skyline from Giudecca rooftops

You can argue that each place in Venice has a stunning view, however what should you’re a sucker for a cityscape? Hop a ferry to Hilton Molino Stucky alongside the Giudecca Canal and head as much as their Skyline Rooftop Bar. You don’t must be a visitor of the lodge and you’ll seize a drink for a twinkling panorama of Venice at evening.

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3: Settle into Kotor and a fortified barbecue

Kotor, Montenegro was one in every of my favorite stops, primarily as a result of I had no concept how extraordinary it was and felt blown away by the Outdated City, the pristine seashores, and unbelievable sunsets. Outdated City Kotor Hostel was additionally some of the enjoyable stays of my journey. On our second evening, the hostel organized a bus to an previous Austro-Hungarian fortress known as Fort Gorazda. There, we noticed unbelievable views because the solar set over Kotor and tucked right into a scrumptious barbecue dinner made by hostel workers. It was a straightforward approach to strike up a dialog with different folks staying there and a lot enjoyable.

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4: Sit again in your roomy Corfu sundeck

On an journey this lengthy and jam-packed, I welcomed each cease with chill time on the itinerary. Our group pulled as much as Sunrock Corfu Hostel close to the top of our journey earlier than heading for Meteora, Delphi, and Athens. We arrived late within the afternoon from Albania simply in time for a mindblowing sundown. Sunrock is splendidly distinctive and is likely to be higher described as a hostel resort. It’s a household run enterprise and the meals they develop on their farm is remodeled into scrumptious Greek dishes, they even make their very own feta and wine. We shared among the greatest meals of the journey on their large sundeck whereas the solar set over Pelekas seashore. It was a rare spot to go evening swimming — we even noticed bioluminescent plankton glowing within the moonlight!

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5: Strive the tastiest gelato exterior of Florence, Italy

Naturally, you’ll discover one of the best gelato in its birthplace of Florence however I had a few connoisseurs on the journey with me decided to seek out the easiest in every vacation spot. Due to their in-depth gelateria analysis we narrowed it down to 2 in Kotor, Montenegro. The winners had been Marshall’s Gelato and, my favorite, Solo Gelato — attempt the orange zest, white chocolate and chocolate chips!

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6: Really feel like household at Hostel Greco in Meteora, Greece

Dora Papa, the proprietor of Hostel Greco is a real gem. A rare host, she had a scrumptious lunch ready for us with stuffed peppers, recent tomatoes from her backyard, home made cheese and iced tea. It actually felt like residence. Dora went above and past and spent six hours the evening earlier than we left making spanakopita (spinach pie) for us. As one of many G for Good moments on our journey, a bit of the cash she makes feeding hungry backpackers is donated to charities she works with in Tanzania.

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7: Go for an exciting Blue Lagoon tour in Break up, Croatia

One of many sweetest elements of a Roamies journey is that you’ve full free days to do your personal factor. A couple of of us organized a pace boat journey in Break up known as the Blue Lagoon and three Islands Tour. We had a improbable day exploring the Outdated City of Trogir earlier than heading to 2 separate swimming spots with crystal clear water; Blue Lagoon and Maslinica.

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8: Tour via Roman historical past together with your style buds

Even should you’ve explored this dynamic metropolis earlier than, the Meals Tour in Rome included on this cease provides you an entire new perspective on its historical past. Due to our archeologist and historian, Chiara, we realized so many attention-grabbing bits that you just’d usually miss. Our first cease? A bar courting again to 1878, known as the ‘Switzerland of Rome’, Antico Bar Pasticceria Mariani. Whenever you stroll via its doorways, you’re technically now not within the metropolis because it has its personal legal guidelines and rules separate from Rome. After a thwarted assassination try, Pope Sixtus ensured the bar remained below the title of his saviour and gave the bar full autonomy without end. The mixture of cool tales and engaging Italian treats made for time very effectively spent!

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9: Journey the doorless lifts at Prague Metropolis Corridor

It could sound a bit odd however I feel our expertise in Prague encapsulates what’s unexpectedly pleasant a couple of Roamies journey on the whole. Our Chief Expertise Officer, Federica Ostoni from Italy, adores Prague and her information of the quirkier elements of the town actually made it for us. I cherished seeing the artwork set up on the Municipal Library of Prague, a big cylinder made out of books with a shock inside. Strategically positioned mirrors make it seem like the stack climbs ever upward via all the constructing!

Throughout the sq., we dropped into Prague Metropolis Corridor to experience the Paternoster Elevate. This dumbwaiter for folks doesn’t cease or decelerate and we had a whole lot of enjoyable hopping on and hop off on totally different flooring. It’s these sorts of atypical touristy issues constructed into Roamies experiences that you just’d miss should you didn’t have somebody with insider information of the town displaying them off.

Getting there

Keen to seek out your personal hidden gems and keep in among the greatest hostels ever like Claire on her Final Europe: Berlin, Tuscany & Greek Temples journey? Our Roamies by Hostelworld & G Adventures journeys are simply the ticket. And the worth (particularly for youthful travellers on a finances) is good too!



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