The further south you go in Italy – especially as you get south of Rome – two things tend to happen. First, Italian characteristics tend to get more intense (and that’s a good and bad thing, depending on your point of view). Second, prices tend to drop. This means that by the time you get to Palermo in Sicily, the cost of a typical hotel room may be far less than what you’d expect to pay in Rome. Still, budget travelers aren’t usually content with just a small savings when there are big savings to be had – which is why anyone on a budget should consider staying in one of the Palermo hostels.
Keep in mind that some of the places indicated on the map below aren’t traditional hostels, but are still very budget-friendly accommodation options. They may be guesthouses or B&B-style places, very small and family-run, and a fraction of even a reasonable hotel room.