Solo Travel in Italy
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Italy has got to be a girl’s dream destination: great cuisine, Roman history and all the ice-cream you can eat. Who wouldn’t want to come here?
The majority of the country has a comfortable vibe, and if you try to speak Italian in the places that don’t then people will be friendly and helpful. Expect the odd wolf whistle of admiring glances from the Italian men.
With a good transport infrastructure and plenty of places to see, Italy is a safe destination for women travelling alone. Just be careful of your valuables at the train stations in Cinque Terra and also at the night market in Palermo.
Because it is such a beautiful country you may find some of the most popular destinations such as Venice too crowded during the summer months. Get tickets for palaces and attractions in advance if you are visiting during the peak season. If it’s solitude that you need, head no further than the Italian Riviera or one of the lakes to relax.
Take the free walking tours as you travel around. They’ll take you away from the busy crowds and help you to navigate your way around the larger cities. Expect to meet other solo females here (especially along the trail at Cinque Terra), as the country is a popular choice.
Below is our guide to how to travel solo in Italy as well as lots of practical information such as where to stay, which tour company to use and how to get around. Find out how to get from the airports and what to do in each place. All companies included have been recommended by solo female travellers and come with our Solo Female Friendly endorsement. Just choose the relevant section or read the full article.
- Places To Visit in Italy
- Accommodation in Italy
- Italy Tours
- Travelling Around Italy
- Italy Itinerary
- Travel Guide For Italy
- What To Pack For Italy
- Best Time To Go To Italy
- Travel Insurance For Italy
- Italy Airports
- Travelling Onwards
- Frequently Asked Questions About Italy
- Italy Map
- Planning a Trip To Italy
- Related Posts
Places To Visit in Italy
Known as “the boot” shape, Italy is one of the most visited countries in Europe. A country of world fashion, of Roman history and architecture, it borders France, Switzerland, Austria, and Slovenia and should definitely be on your European itinerary.
Italy has a romantic charm from its architecture to its Renaissance art, and with lakes and a beautiful coastline, there really is something here for any kind of solo.
Starting in the north, the Dolomite Mountains are an enchanting region of natural beauty. Its alpine landscapes, glaciers and valleys make this area a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site. As well as sheer cliffs, pinnacles, and meadows, this region is also home to the earth pyramids of Ritten, a natural phenomenon shaped in steep pyramids.
This area is popular with the adventurous GatG who come to hike, ski, and rock climb here, but you don’t have to be adventurous to enjoy this alpine area. You can take the funicular to the top of the mountain in Puez-Geisler and just admire the views from the terrace, or see the famous wood carvers and Val Gardena instead.
Venice is also in northern Italy. This lagoon city is one of the most beautiful places in the country. Venice is a group of more than 100 islands connected by waterways and feels like an open-air museum with its 177 canals and 400 bridges. Piazza de San Marco (St Mark’s Square) is the most visited square. It is home to Doge’s Palace, the former residence of the Doge of Venice, built in a Gothic style.
See the Bascilica di San Marco, one of the most beautiful landmarks which is decorated with Byzantine mosaics and houses the image of Archangel Michael. The best way to explore this labyrinth of lanes is on foot or by water taxi, passing Italian architecture and tiny Venetian houses.
Venice is famous for its colourful carnival and you can buy the traditional Venetian masks at Placia de Cale. Grand Canal is the main ‘street’ and one of the main waterways in Venice. Do as the locals do and take a gondola ride to cross it. For great views, stop for a refreshment at Bar Foscarini.
If you have time take a boat to one of the neighbouring islands. Murano Island is home to the centuries old art of glass blowing but if you can’t make the 45 minute journey, you can buy the glass in Venice itself. Burano Island is also rich in traditions with lacemaking and a fishing culture.
For more of Italy’s water, head to Lake Garda, the country’s largest lake and a popular holiday destination. Lake Como is one of the iconic destinations with stunning mountain views. It has a timeless appeal and a scenic historic centre and is surrounded by medieval walls. The lakes are the place to relax and stay in a villa in a gorgeous peaceful environment. Or spend some time at Lake Maggiore and visit Borromean Island with Baroque palaces and Italian-style gardens.
Near Lake Garda is the city of Verona, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you loved the story of Romeo and Juliet, you simply have to go to Verona, the setting for one of the most tragic love stories. See Juliet’s balcony, the lover’s wall, and the padlocked hearts, symbols of todays love stories. It is also a great place for wine GatGs as the region is surrounded by vineyards.
Milan is the city for fashion and shopping GatGs. Known as the fashion capital of Italy, this northern city is a girls shopping paradise (even if you’re just window shopping). Take a fashion history tour through sensational palazzi. Milan is actually quite big but there’s a great metro to get around. definitely do the free walking tour. Be selective with what you see here if you only have a few days as there’s a lot to see.
The Duomo Milan should definitely be on top of your list. This cathedral is the most stunning piece of architecture in the city.The whole square is just simply stunning and will take your breath away. There are plenty of places to explore including the San Siro stadium where David Beckham once played for AC Milan.
Follow in the footsteps of Leonardo da Vinci (there’s even a hotel name after him). See the picture of the ‘last supper,’ La Scala Museum & Theatre, and San Bernardino alle Ossa (the bizarre bone church).
For nightlife head to one of Milan’s numerous venues: Brera, Corso Como, Garibaldi, Navigli, or take an evening tour to see Milan by night. During the summer months you can watch opera at the Arena di Verona (perfect for a summer evening), or take the glass elevator to the top of the Torre Branca at night for panoramic views of the city.
Cultural GatGs should explore the narrow cobbled streets of the Brera Art district to see the artists workshops. From Milan you can do day trips to Verona, Lake Como, and Bellagio.
The Italian Riviera
The Italian Riviera is where you’ll find Cinque Terra, 5 towns in Italy which are a mecca for hikers. You have to do one of the walking routes from coastal town to coastal town to really appreciate the magnificent views as you look back along the coastline. Monorola, the second town is less touristy, and more landscaped with a rugged coastline.
Take the train which operates every 30 minutes or so, or hike to some of the towns. Stop at one of the wineries in Monterosso to sample the local wine along the way. Part of the hike is currently closed so check here before you go.
On the Italian Riviera, you can stop off at Portofino, a stylish fishing village on the coast. If you have the time, take the long coastal walk all the way to Rapallo (or just take the ferry instead).
Bologna is a good place to stop for the historical GatG. See the Two Towers – old medieval towers or just wander around the Renaissance structures and wile away the hours people watching in one of the cafes.
Florence is the golden heart of Tuscany and one of the most beautiful cities in the country. Here you’ll find Renaissance art, shopping, galleries, and numerous museums. Unlike Milan, it is easy to walk around and just get lost in the stunning streets, exploring different corners of the city. Don't miss the Florence Cathedral (the iconic image of Florence), the Da Vinci Museum, and Piazzale Michelangelo for a spectacular view of the city.
When you’ve explored Florence, head to the Hills of Tuscany for wineries and amazing cuisine. Lucca is well worth a visit to see its historic city centre and well-preserved Renaissance walls.
Pisa is only a day trip away from Florence. The Leaning Tower of Pisa is the world-renown and is where you’ll find tourists taking photos of ‘holding up' the tower. See the nearby eleventh century cathedral and the Baptistery also in Piazza del Duomo.
Rome should definitely be on your Italian bucket list. As one of the classical civilisations, Rome was once the former centre of power of the Roman Empire and is just bursting with history.
Three large fountains adorn the Pizzzia Novona but the Trevi fountain is the most famous. Throw a coin into the water and make a wish. Rome is the place to step back in time, especially at the Colosseum, a large amphitheatre where you can imagine the scenes from the Gladiator. Built in 72AD, it is near the Roman Forum and is a fascinating place to visit.
The Roman Forum is just amazing. This used to be where Rome’s most important public buildings were built. Nowadays you can walk through the ruins and see the remnants of architecture, the Arch of Titus, and the Temple of Saturn amongst other sights. For a great view of the city head to Capital Hill, one of the many hills in Rome. If you are planning on being in Rome for a few days look at getting a Roma Card.
From Rome you can also do a day trip to the Vatican, to see St Peter’s Square, and Saint Peter’s Basilica, the largest Christian church in the world. The Vatican is an independent State and even has its own currency.
TIP – If you are staying in Rome for a few nights and visiting the Vatican, consider purchasing the Rome & Vatican City Pass. It gives free entry to Vatican City museums and sights as well as popular attractions in Rome and fast entry access. * Buy the Rome & Vatican City Pass here
Next is Naples, a UNESCO World Heritage site with 2,500 years of history. Naples has a nice bay area and is the place for arty GatGs with centuries of important art found here. Explore historic castles, and enjoy some Italian cuisine against the natural backdrop of the sea.
Less than 10km from Naples is Mount Vesuvias, which erupted in 79AD and destroyed the city of Pompeii. Although more than a third of the city is still underneath volcanic rock, Pompeii is one of the well-preserved ancient cities in the world with the streets still in good condition. Take a tour here to understand more about this once thriving Roman city.
You can also reach Pompeii from the Amalfi Coast which is southeast of Naples. This stunning coast is known for its Mediterranean fishing villages perched on the Italian cliffside. The Amalfi Coast is so beautiful that it has even been classed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
There are two main ways to get to the Amalfi Coast. One is by bus via SITA Coach. The other is by boat from either Naples, Salerno, Capri or Paestum. You can also take a tour of the Amalfi Coast.
This region is great if you are short on time as you can see areas such as Naples, Sorrento, Pompeii, and Herculaneum within two days and travel easily between them. Check there are boats running if you decide to visit outside of the summer period.
At the foot of Italy lies the island of Sicily (off the coast of Malta). Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and is said to be the most diverse region in the country. This is where you’ll find Mount Etna, the island’s active volcano which you can trek to the crater (eruptions are rare).
Discover 1000 years of history at Valle dei Templi, an archaeological site and national monument of Italy. Explore the sacred sites and ruins of temples of gods and goddesses, including the temple of Concordia, one of the best preserved temples. Nature GatGs will enjoy spending time at Mount Etna National Park and the small village of Linguaglossa.
Sardinia is another of Italy’s islands, and the second largest in the Mediterranean Sea. With nearly 200km of coastline and sand beaches it is perfect for nature GatGs.
Explore the beehive shaped stone ruins from the Bronze Age, the UNESCO World Heritage Maddalena Archipelago, the see-through water at Chia beach, or the Neptune Caves, dedicated to the sea God. Venture into the heart of the island at Mamoiada, and Orgosolo for the colourful murals, or take photos of the town Castelsardo, named one of “The most beautiful villages in Italy.”
The island does attract couples and families so be prepared to spend some solo time here.
Other Places To See in Italy
There are so many things to see in Italy and other places to visit including Assisi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which was the birthplace of St. Francis, one of the country’s patron saints.
Take a trip back to the Medieval ages in the old walled town of Bergamo. See the Duomo di Bergamo and take the funicular above its cobblestone streets. Spot the brown bear in Abruzzo, the wild heart of Italy and try the traditional ‘Montepulciano d’Abruzzo” red wine.
See the “cave town” of Matera, and marvel at the 1500 prehistoric cave dwellings, or drink wine in Piemonte, a wine region in Italy. If you love mopeds, visit the Vespa Museum in Pontedera.
Stroll around the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle in Merano, or see the archaeological remains in Majella National Park, known for wild nature. Have a beach break at Rimini, or go mountain biking, canoeing or horse riding in Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park, or relax in the coastal city of Bari with an old town that is nestled around the harbour.
Accommodation in Italy
Italy has a wide range of accommodation. You’ll find hotels, apartments, guest houses and villas as well as hostels for those on a budget. There is also agriturismo where you can stay on a farm and take part in cooking classes, olive oil and wine tastings. If you prefer your accommodation really quiet, you can stay in a monastery or a convent which is a unique and cheap way to see Italy.
Italy is a country where you can walk around and find locally-owned guesthouses which you may not find on internet booking sites, especially on the islands. Expect to pay a tourist tax for your accommodation which is 1% – 5% depending on the star rating of the hotel.
There is also Airbnb which connects you to staying with locals whether you choose to just book a room or a whole apartment. Save $20 off your first stay with this Airbnb link.
Homestay is an alternative to Airbnb. They offer stays in accommodation such as a stay in a farmhouse in Campagna, or an authentic Renaissance home in Florence. You can video call your host family before you go to find the perfect host. Check homestays and prices here.
All of the accommodation below have been recommended by solo female travellers from our Girls about the Globe community and come with a Solo Female Friendly endorsement.
Plus Hostel in Florence is fantastic. It feels more of a hotel than a hostel, with a spa area complete with a Turkish bath and gym. You’ll find a girls only section available in the city hostels with pink rooms, duvets, towels, free soap and shampoo, big lockers to store your stuff and hairdryers. There is a large common area where you’ll find everyone using the Wifi, and a restaurant and a bar with themed nights.
It is easy to meet other travellers here. Plus Hostel in Florence does cost a bit more than usual hostels but it’s definitely worth the extra. Choose from a bed in a 4,6 or 8 bed mixed dorm, a single room, or a 6 bed female-only dorm room.
- Prices from £14 per night for a bed in a female-only dormitory room
- To book, check prices or availability for Plus Hostels
Hotel Lorena Florence is a small family run hotel and is perfect for those who are looking for an upgrade from a hostel, and want to stay in a homely, friendly accommodation. It is really well located and you can walk to Duomo de Firenze, Palazzo die Congressi, and the Uffizi Gallery in all under 10 minutes.
Reception is open 24 hours so there is always someone on hand if you need anything or are arriving late into the city. The hotel has a lot of character and is a great place to stay in Florence. Choose from a single room or double room with a shared or private bathroom.
- Prices from £27 per night for a single room with shared bathroom
- To book, check prices or availability for Hotel Lorena
This hostel in Milan is conveniently located near a metro and the railway station. The dorms are female-only dorms with ensuite bathrooms, a reading light and lockers. The rooms are quiet and there is heating in the rooms for the winter months.
It’s really well secured as you need to enter a locked street gate into a yard to get into the hostel. Choose from a bed in a 4 or 6 bed female-only dormitory room.
- Prices from £18 per night for a bed in a 6 bed female-only dorm room
- To book, check prices or availability for Milano Ostello
Glam Milano is situated right by the Central Station. Although it is near the train station the rooms have sound proofing and also come with a TV, and a hairdryer. The hotel has a modern design and lots of light.
What’s also great about this hotel is that your breakfast and dinner are included too. Dinner has different seating times and the buffet changes each day. Choose from a standard double, superior or deluxe double. There is also the option for a balcony and a view.
- Prices from £120 per night for a standard double room
- To book, check prices or availability for Glam Milano
If you are looking for somewhere to stay in the historic centre of Naples, Fly Boutique is a great choice for solos. It is located in Piazza del Mercato, just a 10 minute walk from the Central Train Station. Reception is open 24 hours and there is a breakfast buffet which is an additional cost.
The rooftop terrace offers a lovely view of the square and is a great area to meet others. The staff are helpful and if you’re searching for a family-run pizza restaurant, there is one just across the Piazza. Choose from a double room or a deluxe double room with a panoramic view.
- Prices from £50 per night for a small double room
- To book, check prices or availability for Fly Boutique Hotel
If you are looking for somewhere cheap to stay in Rome, V House is a well-priced hostel near Central Station. It’s in a great location if you are arriving or departing by train and ideal for those wanting to explore the old town and ruins. The hostel is really clean and also has female-only dorms instead of just mixed.
The rooms are large with enough space for your bags and hooks to hang your clothes and towel. Tea, coffee and snacks are available too. If you prefer somewhere quieter to stay in Rome, this is the place.
- Prices from £14 per night for a bed in a female-only dormitory room
- To book, check prices or availability for V House
This B&B is modern, stylish and comfortable with spacious and clean rooms. It feels more like a home than a B&B with the friendliest owner and staff who will go out of their way to book taxis or help you with the next part of your Italy trip.
B&B Arco Di Gallieno is a short walk to the Coliseum and near to a metro station making it easy to get around the city. All rooms come with a hairdryer and breakfast included. Choose from a double room, superior room (which comes with a spa bath) or a suite.
- Prices from £60 per night for a double room
- To book, check prices or availability for B&B Arco Di Gallieno
The Generator Hostel is a fantastic hostel in Venice. It isn’t in the centre of Venice as it is located on Guidecca Island and is approximately 15 minutes from Venice Island by water taxi (you can buy a water taxi day pass for €20). Generator Hostels are a chain of hostels in beautiful buildings and the Venice hostel is in a stunning 19th century building.
The lobby area is really stylish and comfortable and there is a bar where you can meet other travellers. The buffet breakfast is an additional cost. Rooms range from 7 to 16 bed mixed dorm rooms, female-only dorm rooms and double rooms with private bathrooms.
- Prices from 14 per night for a bed in a 16 bed female-only dorm room
- To book, check prices or availability for Generator Venice
The hotel is so beautiful and is located away from the crowds. The rooms are just stunning with marble bathrooms and soundproofing. Choose from an economy double room, classic or superior double or twin, or deluxe with a terrace and jacuzzi. Some also have their own jacuzzi.
The breakfast choice is fantastic and is included in the rate. Palazzo Veneziano is next to the canal so it’s easy to take a water taxi and is only a 15 minute walk into the centre.
- Prices from £111 for an economy double room
- To book, check prices or availability for Palazzo Veneziano
If you feel more comfortable in a group for either part of your trip or the whole duration, G Adventures is a responsible tour company which mainly caters towards budget travellers. Most tours have an average of 10 people and there is no upper age limit. Once you book your trip you pay extra for any excursions you want to do when you’re there.
Adventures range from 7 days cycling in Tuscany, or trekking Mont Blanc to a 14 day Ultimate Italy tour covering the main sights. I have personally used G Adventures and recommend them as a solo female friendly company.
Intrepid Travel Italy is similar to G Adventures with an average of 12 people on each tour. Over 50% of people who book their trips are solo travellers. They tend to use hotels instead of hostels and have a more comfortable style of accommodation hence the trips can appear a bit more than G Adventures. Intrepid Tours Italy range from a 4 day sailing trip to a 15 day Best of Italy tour.
With both tour companies you share a room with someone of the same gender or you can pay extra for your own room.
MedSailors – Is a sailing company for 18 to 30 year olds. They operate a Sicily route stopping at destinations such as Portorosa, Volcano, Salina, Stromboli, Panarea, and Lipari. Your seven days accommodation on board is included in the cost, as well as breakfast and lunch each day. Medsailors are a great company to meet others, try sailing for the first time (although you don’t have to sail), and have the time of your life sailing around beautiful islands.
Flavours Holidays – If your dream is to learn how to cook Italian food in Italy or paint the Italian landscapes, Flavours Holidays offers activity holidays for solos. You can choose from pilates holidays, learning Italian, and photography holidays. There are no single supplements either.
Italy on a Budget Tours – Offers budget tours for 18 – 39 year olds. Whether you are a student or a backpacker, they have plenty of day tours and city breaks across Italy. Travel to destinations such as Florence, Tuscany, Rome and so many more.
Get Your Guide – Get Your Guide helps you to find top-rated activities and tours in worldwide destinations including Italy. Choose from a skip-the-line Vatican ticket to see the Sistine Chapel, priority access to the Colosseum and Roman Forum, or Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice. There are several to choose from and it’s really simple to use. Just check the reviews, price and availability then book online. * Check all tours and prices here
Travelling Around Italy
Italy is really easy to get around. There is a good train and bus network and ferries operate to the islands. It is incredibly easy to travel from city to city. If you like to keep active then it is easy to walk around Florence and Venice, and Rome has a good metro and bus system.
Touring Italy by train is easy. Avoid the rush hour if you can and don’t forget that the names of the stations are in Italian. Buying your train ticket in advance is definitely recommended during the summer months and you can also get cheaper tickets if you book online. Plan for fewer services if you are travelling on a Sunday.
Boats especially on the Amalfi Coast may not run after the peak seasons so you may need to take a different route for somewhere such as Capri for example. Ferries can also be weather dependant so if you are visiting the Amalfi Coast look into alternative methods of getting around such as the bus instead.
Hire a car and self-drive yourself around the country, venturing into the rural areas to see the real Italy, stopping off at vineyards and beautiful landscapes along the way. Italy does require you to have an International Driving Permit.
Busabout is a sociable hop-on hop-off bus where you can travel around Italy and throughout Europe. You get to meet people on the buses and stay in hostels along the way. It’s a great way of exploring Italy and takes the hassle out of organising transport yourself.
There are so many places in Italy to visit. Take a city break in either Florence, Rome, Naples or Venice, Milan or spend some time on the coast or at one of the lakes. Below are some sample itineraries for one week to three weeks in Italy.
1 Week in Italy
- Rome (4 nights), Florence (3 nights).
- Florence (3 nights), Pisa (1 night), Venice (3 nights).
- Rome (3 nights), Salerno (2 nights), ferry to Positano, Positano (2 nights).
- Or choose a lesser-known route such as Veneto, Emilia-Romagna, Marche, and Abruzzo.
10 Days in Italy
- Rome (3 nights), Naples (1 night), Pompeii (day trip), Amalfi Coast (6 nights).
- Rome (3 nights), Florence (2 nights), Cinque Terre (2 nights), Milan (3 nights).
2 Weeks in Italy
- Venice (3 nights), Monterosso (2 nights), Cinque Terra (3 nights), Florence (3 nights), Rome (3 nights).
- Milan (3 nights), Venice (3 nights), Florence (3 nights) day trip to Pisa, Rome (3 nights), Naples (2 nights).
3 Weeks in Italy
- Milan (2 nights), Venice (3 nights), Cinque Terre (4 nights), Florence (3 nights), Rome (3 nights), Naples (2 nights), Sorrento (2 nights), Salerno (2 nights).
Travel Guide For Italy
If you need a guide book for your travels we recommend Rough Guides. Covering where to go and when to go, things not to miss, itineraries, getting around, festivals and events, history, and maps, they are amongst the most comprehensive guides on the market. If you prefer Lonely Planet click here for all Italy guide books.
If you are planning on travelling to Italy for the first time, the Rough Guide to Italy covers topics such as: book your trip, accommodation, getting there, getting around, food and drink, and travel essentials. They also include recommended itineraries whether you are planning on travelling the Amalfi Coast or discovering the country’s ancient civilisation.
What To Pack For Italy
If you’re unsure what to pack for Italy, we have created a guide of our favourite solo travel products to help you decide what to pack. One of our must-have travel products for Italy is a money belt. We’re not saying that you will get pickpocketed but it’s always best to be preventive rather than reactive and money belts are a good way of hiding your money. If you are planning on travelling to the cities then it’s a good idea not to have your purse on display. Find out why we love this money belt and click on the link to discover all of our favourite travel products:
If you are visiting cities known for pickpockets you can store your cards and money in a money belt. They are easy to disguise and wearing a money belt under your jeans is a great way of avoiding pickpockets. This one has a softer material than the cheaper ones which have a tendency to sweat with your body heat. You can hand wash it too. * Check prices on Amazon
Best Time To Go To Italy
If you are going to Italy to sightsee then you may prefer to visit during the spring or summer months when the temperatures are a bit cooler. April and May are ideal months, along with September and October.
If it’s a beach destination such as Rimini that you are planning on visiting, the summer months are the best time to go when everything is open. You may find yourself holidaying with Italians at the same time. Avoid places such as Pompeii in the summer when the heat may be too much for sightseeing,
In the winter Italy can get really cold, especially Northern Italy so avoid December to February if you’re hoping to sightsee.
Venice can get flooded in the winter months so pack your wellington boots if you’re visiting in December or January. During the summer months there is a slight smell to the city so be prepared if you go during the heat of the season. Visit here in February and you’ll be in time for the Venice Carnival.
The chart below shows the maximum day temperatures in Italy (Rome) from January to December.
Travel Insurance For Italy
Italy is a really safe country to explore but travel insurance is always recommended to cover you for any travel delays, medical assistance and activities.
I recommend True Traveller for UK and European residents, and World Nomads for U.S. and worldwide citizens. Both companies allow you to buy insurance when you are already on the road, and offer different plans depending on your needs including additional adventure cover.
Italy has too many international airports to mention. Below are the main airports in Italy and how to get to and from each one.
Milan – There are three airports in Milan. Milan Linate, Milan Bergamo, and Milan Malpensa.
- The closest airport to Milan city is Milan Linate (LIN) but the flights may be cheaper in and out of Milan’s other airports. Take bus number 73 from the Duomo which runs frequently to the airport for €2 and only takes 30 minutes. Taxis cost €25 or take the Air Bus which is only €5 from Central Station.
- From Milan Malpensa (MXP) there is a train to Milan Cadorna that leaves every 30 minutes and costs £13 for the 40 minute journey. Check Malpensa Express for details. The bus is cheaper (at £8) and takes 50 minutes to terminal 2 (an hour to terminal 1), leaving from Centrale Station. There are two bus operators that leave every 30 minutes and cost up to £8.
- Milan Bergamo (BGY) is a hub for the low-cost airlines. Buses operate from Centrale station 24 hours and cost €5 for the hour journey.
Naples – Taxis will cost €14 from Naples Airport (NAP) or there is a shuttle which operated every 20 minutes and costs up to £5 for the 18 minute journey. Several buses run from the airport to Piazza Garibaldi and cost £2 for the 10 minute ride.
Palermo – From Palmero Airport (PMO) the train is the cheapest option. It costs £5 and takes 45 minutes to Palermo Notarbartolo departing hourly. There is also a bus which is more expensive at £50 and takes the same amount of time. This goes to Piazza Cairoli every 2 hours.
Rome – Rome has two airports, Rome Ciampino, and Rome Flumicino.
- From Rome Flumicino (FCO), there are two ways to get into Rome. The buses take 45 minutes and costs up to £20. There are several bus companies which leave either every 30 minutes or hourly. The train costs £13 and takes 30 minutes to Roma Termini or you can take a taxi for approximately £50 depending on where you are staying.
- From Rome Ciampino Airport (CIA), trains run every 20 minutes and cost £4 for the 15 minute ride into Roma Termini Station. Buses take 40 minutes and cost £6 to the same station departing every hour. A taxi will cost approx £35.
Venice – From Venice Airport (VCE) you can take a bus for £3 from Marco Polo to Santa Chiara, which depart every 20 minutes and every hour (depending on the bus operator). An hourly ferry will cost you £8 for the 30 minute ride into Madonna dell’Orto, or you can take a taxi for £45. If you want to treat yourself you may be able to take a speedboat!
Feel more confident with someone waiting for you at the airport when you pre-book a transfer with Hoppa, a reliable and safe service for solo females.
Travelling Onwards (check visas before you travel)
If you are planning on travelling onwards from Italy, here are the neighbouring countries and how to get to each one. There generally aren't border crossings on these routes.
To Switzerland – Take the Bernina Express train from Milan to St. Moritz. It departs Milan at 7.30am and operates every Tuesday all year-round and Fridays and Saturdays between April to October.
To Vatican City – From Rome you can take the metro for €3 which takes 10 minutes to Ottaviano. The bus takes 20 minutes and costs the same.
To San Marino – you can easily reach this small Republic from Rimini or Bologna. If you aren't driving a car, there is a bus from Rimini for €5 each way.
To Vienna – From Venice there is a train to Austria which takes 8 hours and costs from €65. FlixBus also runs to Austria and costs from €35 for the 9.5 hour journey. There is also a night train from €70 which takes 11 hours.
To Slovenia – Both Eurolines and FlixBus operate this route and take nearly 13 hours costing from €36 upwards.
To France – Trenitalia operates from Milan to Paris in France. The journey is expensive at €144 and takes 8 hours. There is a night bus from Milan for €32 which takes 14 hours or you can travel by day on the bus too.
Check Rome2Rio for all your onward journeys.
Where can I go from here?
Berlin – 2 hrs 15 mins
Paris – 2 hrs
Vienna – 1.5 hrs
Frequently Asked Questions About Italy
- Can I drink the water? Tap water is okay to drink but you may prefer the taste of bottled water. In rural areas check with your hosts if it is okay to drink or buy bottled water.
- Is tipping expected? The service charge is sometimes included in the bill. Tipping is not expected but if you feel the service is good you can round up your bill.
- Fixed price or barter? Fixed price.
- Any ATMs? Yes, in the cities. Look for the ‘bancomat’ which you will find in the main squares in the smaller towns.
- Which side of the road do they drive? The right-hand side.
- Good for vegetarians? Yes, you can find vegetarian dishes throughout the country.
- Any seven wonders of the world? The Colosseum is one of the seven man-made Wonders of the World.
Planning a Trip To Italy
If you are ready to plan a trip to Italy here are some useful links to help you plan your trip including airlines which fly there, vaccinations and useful Italian phrases.
Budget – £60 a day
Capital – Rome
Population – 60.5 million
Language spoken – Italy
Do I need a visa? Not on a British passport
Did you know? That Venice is sinking.
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