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A solo traveler's guide to Italy

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Whether it's your first solo trip or you're a seasoned solo traveler, Italy is a fantastic country for solo travel. From its overall safety to the abundance of things to do, solo travelers can't stop singing the praises of Italy solo travel. 

Here's everything you need to know about solo travel in Italy.

 

Why take a solo trip to Italy?

First of all, Italy is very safe. Big cities and rural areas both have low crime, apart from petty theft like pickpocketing. Secondly, you have a wealth of different activities to choose from depending on your interests. Whether you're looking to take a deep dive into the world of Italian food, explore lush valleys surrounded by the jagged peaks of the Dolomites, or trek along the breathtaking Amalfi Coast, Italy has something for you.

On top of all that, Italy is easy to navigate on your own, assisted by an excellent public transportation system. And English is widely spoken, especially in the cities.

While you can do your own planning as a solo traveler, booking a small group guided solo travel tour makes everything easier. We set up an itinerary for you, arranging lodgings and transportation, but you're able to move at your own pace and do exactly what you want to in your free time.

Best places and Italian cities for solo travelers

The best places for solo travel in Italy are wherever you want to go, for whatever you want to do! Our guided tours visit many popular destinations around Italy, as well as areas that are well off the beaten path.

Maybe you want to get up close to Renaissance art masterpieces in museums, and stroll along cobbled streets in Italian cities like Rome, Venice, Pisa and Florence. Or perhaps you'd prefer to spend time out in nature wandering through vineyards in Piedmont. Solo travel in Italy can be exactly what you want it to be.
Both Northern Italy and Southern Italy have plenty to offer solo travelers. Central Italy is a great starting point, as you could head north or south depending on your preference. Central Italy is home to Italy's capital, Rome, and famous sites including the Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum, and the Vatican Museums. The central region of Tuscany is a prime destination for walking and cycling with its rolling hills and medieval villages within easy reach of each other.

The northern region has iconic destinations like Lake Como and Lake Garda, the floating city of Venice, and the Italian Riviera, home to Cinque Terre. Southern Italy's treasures include the Amalfi Coast, Sicily with its historic ruins, and the breathtaking coastlines of Sardinia on the Tyrrhenian Sea.

 

Italy tours for solo travelers

If you're looking to travel solo around Italy, we have plenty of solo trip options to choose from. If you love going for walks or hiking, we have solo walking and trekking trips in destinations such as Tuscany and the Italian Riviera. If you prefer solo cycling tours, you can travel on two wheels between white-washed towns in Puglia, or along sun-kissed scenic coastlines from Cilento to the Amalfi Coast. Some trips have a strong foodie emphasis, while others are more focused on natural beauty and outdoor recreation.

The best time for solo travelers to visit Italy

The best time of year to visit Italy as a solo traveler depends on the destination and what you want to do. Spring, summer and fall are usually the best times to visit Italy because the weather is at its finest all around the country. But there can be regional differences to consider.

Summer in Southern Italy will be hot and dry, while Northern Italy might get some summer rain. For hiking the Mont Blanc trek in the Dolomites, the route isn't accessible until summer or fall because of snowfall. Doing a little personal research and checking dates for our guided tours will give you an idea of when is the best time to visit specific different parts of Italy.

What to pack for Italy solo travel

What to pack for a solo trip to Italy depends on where you're going and the type of activities you'll be doing. In general, sturdy shoes that are good for walking, hiking or cycling are a must. If you'll be doing a guided walking and trekking or cycling tour, you'll need a comfortable and roomy daypack to carry your daily items like a water bottle, sunscreen, hat and essentials like passport and money. 

You'll also want to pack layered clothing for good or bad weather. Some of our guided solo travel Italy tours even include transferring luggage between accommodations while you're walking or cycling during your day trip.

How much does it cost to travel solo in Italy?

Our solo travel guided tours are some of our most affordable trips, starting at $790. Most are in the $1,500-$2,500 range, which includes accommodations, some transit and some meals. With those essentials taken care of, all you have to cover are flights, additional meals and activities.

 

Is Italy safe for solo travelers?

Apart from petty theft like some pickpocketing or bag snatching in big cities and at major attractions, Italy is a very safe country to navigate on your own. All the same, it's a good idea to purchase travel insurance as security against theft, delays or natural disasters.

While safe for all ages and genders, solo female travelers in Italy should still take precautions. Here are some safety tips for women traveling solo around Italy:
  • Be mindful of your drinking to avoid becoming intoxicated
  • Be aware of your surroundings and personal items at all times, especially in major cities
  • Always lock your hotel or hostel room door

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