Way more than just good spaghetti bolognese.
Florence is the number one city for backpacking in Italy. It has several good quality hostels, in near proximity to its myriad attractions. The nightlife in Florence is also pretty lively; it seems like you’re never far from a hot bar or fashionable club, overflowing with bright young things.
Hostels in Rome are more expensive, but good deals can be found if you’re able to book in advance. Heading out of the cities, backpackers can take advantage of Italy’s better than average public transport; anyone planning to backpack around Europe should think of investing in one of the pan-European train passes available (such as Interrail or Eurail passes), although rail travel in Italy is reasonably priced enough that you don’t always save money that way.