I'm planning a 3 week Italy trip for summer 2015. I'll be 16 when I go, and I'll be with another female friend of the same age backpacking to various places. We are getting a 'country pass' rail ticket. The route will be something along the lines of;
Fly to Milan from Glasgow
> The Dolomites
>Florence (maybe day trip to Pisa, though is it worth it?)
>Civita/Orvieto (one or the other I think.. advice?)
>Naples (not too fussed about here, opinions of whether it's worth it, please)
**Adapted by a Rick Steves trip suggestion, because he is fab
Basically I want to be pretty spontaneous about my trip, and pick up and leave places when I want to, or stay for longer if I choose. I'm wondering whether or not this will be doable for Italy, as obviously I hope to do to the Colosseum and Vatican in Rome, amongst other places. I know I'll have to book in advance for these attractions, but by how much? Same goes for hostels. We'll be going in peak season (most probably July, when neither of us are at school) so I know this will make it even more difficult.
I'm aware that we may not be able to get accommodation as easily as we are under 18 and with no adult, however I've emailed several hostels who say they allow 16 year olds to stay as long as they bring with them parental consent in the form of a passport copy from my parents as well as their matching signature, which I'll provide
I've also been told that Italy is an expensive country, but if we budget well, we think we will only need around 2500 (excluding rail ticket and flight costs). Our thinking is that we will save £30 (British pound) a day for food and drink, £30 for a hostel (not enough?), £200 for 'extra travel' e.g buses, and keep £500 for attractions and touristy things. We thought we'd aim for 2500 in case we need it. We aren't heavy eaters and we plan to do a lot of our own cooking/picnics with bread and cheese and cold meat etc. We won't be eating out every night, either. Please let me know if you think my budget is too low!
On the topic, I think the Italy drinking age is 16 for beer and wine, is this still true? We don't plan on getting extremely drunk, but will probably take advantage of this. Will we be ID'd? She looks older than her age, and I look my age. We are both mature girls, and will stay to popular places with lots of people. Our main rule is don't do anything we wouldn't do at home, and then some. Also, PLEASE no lectures because of our age, we are so excited about this and we are definitely going. Our parents are fine with it and encouraging us to do it.
Any secret treasures I NEED to see? Any advice? Thanks very much
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