Would appreciate help with the following,
We are on the tail end of a 1.5 year backpacking journey and will be spending our final 6 weeks in Europe. I am trying to figure out the cheapest possible itinerary through Italy for 2 weeks.
To be specific:
- Other than 2-3 nights in Rome and 1 night in Venice, I do not want to visit the regular tourist spots (ie: Milan, Florence etc) as I already know we will not be able to afford accommodation in major cities
- We have no problem going right off the beaten track
- Our goal is to simply experience Italian food, wine and culture AWAY from major cities (rural/rustic Italy). Even just moving through one region is OK with us.
- We will return to Italy at some other point to see the major sights, so they do not have to be included
- We are not in a rush to do/see a lot
I have heard that "south" is cheaper than "north" , but despite researching cannot find any real itinerary of where some affordable destinations might be
I have read that bus and train travel is quite affordable in Italy - please advise if this is correct
I have already registered and messaged a few hosts for couchsurfing in Rome
Does anyone have experience travelling through a different part of Italy (contrary to the regular Rome-Florence-Venice-Milan etc) that would be able to suggest a possible itinerary to see the countrysides, small towns/villages, suggest home stays, eat local markets etc
Hope that this is specific enough to get some good advice, please ask questions for further clarity. Thanks in advance!
If you happen to have knowledge on the same question regarding South of France (1 week) or Spain (3 weeks) I would be very grateful.