Solo Travel in Italy
Types of Girl about the Globe (GatG) – Arty and Museum GatG, City & Sightseeing GatG, Fashion GatG, Food & Wine GatG, Historical GatG
Italy is a fantastic country for solos. There are so many places to see in Italy that you may be unsure how to start planning your female solo travel Italy? Having spent weeks in Italy as a solo traveller, I've put together a guide on how to travel solo in Italy including the best Italy places to visit, Italy tours for women, the best accommodation in Italy for solos, the best places to travel in Italy alone, and the best cities to visit in Italy.
Find out how to get from the airports, how to travel Italy alone, examples of a solo travel Italy female itinerary, and what to do in each place. All information has been recommended by myself and other solo female travellers from our solo community and come with our Solo Female Friendly endorsement. If you're wondering “is Italy safe for women?” by the end of this article, I hope that I've helped put your mind at ease that it is.
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Solo Travel in Italy
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 solo female travel Italy? 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.
Is Italy safe for solo female travellers? With good transport infrastructure and plenty of best places to travel alone in Italy, the country 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. When you single travel to Italy, expect the odd wolf whistle of admiring glances from the Italian men especially the further south you go.
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.
In the Italy cities, 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 major cities. Expect to meet other solo females here (especially along the trail at Cinque Terra), as the country is a popular choice.
If you're wondering “Should I travel to Italy alone?” The answer is yes. Italy solo travel is generally easy and Italy is a wonderful country to explore independently but if you are unsure of where to travel in Italy you may prefer to visit on a group tour.
Working & Volunteering in Italy
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Choose from teaching in Italy, an IT internship in Italy, being an au pair in Italy and many more experiences such as cooking, coffee making and learning graphic design. Whether you want to au pair Rome or tutor in Italy, their placements are ideal for solos and include all the support you need for a life-changing adventure. * Save £100/$100/€100 with the code ‘GatG.'
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Best Places in Italy For Solo Travellers
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. If you are planning on travelling Italy alone, I've listed all the best places in Italy for solo travellers below to help you plan your solo trips to Italy.
Adventurous GatG, Hiking Girl about the Globe
Starting in the north, the Dolomite Mountains is 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 by steep pyramids.
For adventurous things to do in Italy, 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.
Carnival GatG, History GatG, Romantic GatG
Venice is also in northern Italy, and this lagoon city is often known as the most romantic city in Italy but if you're traveling alone in Italy as a woman, don't let its romantic vibe deter you from visiting solo. It's just as romantic for one.
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 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.
During your Venice solo female travel, make sure to see the Basilica di San Marco, one of the most beautiful landmarks which is decorated with Byzantine mosaics and house 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 one of the most magical places in Italy and is famous for its colourful carnival. 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. One of the must dos in Italy is doing as the locals do and taking 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 fishing culture.
Is Venice safe for solo female travellers? Yes but still be vigilant with your valuables in crowded areas. There are many alleyways in Venice where you can lose yourself but you may feel more comfortable just exploring these during the day and not at night.
Solo Tip – “If you are traveling to Italy in January, Venice can get flooded during December/January time so take some wellies with you (or buy some when you’re there). Boards are put up to help pedestrians walk through the main streets and squares.”
For more of the Italian Lake District, head to Lake Garda, in northern Italy. Surrounded by majestic mountains, this massive lake boasts dreamy turquoise waters. It's the biggest lake in Italy (in terms of surface area), and you can make the most of water activities here such as sailing and windsurfing, or just stroll around the adorable lakeside towns.
Or head to Lake Como, located in Lombardy, Italy, for a destination straight out of a fairy tale. With lush greenery and jaw-dropping mountains all around, 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 calm waters are dotted with cute villages and fancy villas, making it the perfect spot to unwind and explore.
Lake Maggiore, located in northern Italy, is another true gem. With its breathtaking scenery, majestic mountains and verdant landscapes, this lake is a nature solo's paradise. Picture-perfect towns like Stresa and Verbania adorn its shores, while the Borromean Islands with its Baroque palaces and Italian-style gardens add an extra touch of enchantment. From exploring historic castles to cruising on the azure waters, Lake Maggiore is a good destination to add to your solo Italy itinerary.
* Read: Solo Travel To Lake Como
Romantic GatG, Wine GatG
Near Lake Garda is the enchanting city of Verona, a captivating UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you loved the story of Romeo and Juliet, Verona is an absolute must-visit as it was the setting for one of the most tragic love stories.
See the iconic Juliet's balcony, immerse yourself in the romantic ambiance of the lover's wall, adorned with heartfelt messages, and witness the symbolic padlocked hearts, a testament to modern-day love stories. Moreover, Verona is a paradise for wine solos as its idyllic location is amidst vineyards, offering a chance to taste the region's finest wines.
City & Sightseeing, Shopping GatG, Sport GatG
Milan is the city for fashion and shopping GatG and is one of the popular solo travel destinations in Italy. Known as the fashion capital of Italy, this northern city is a girls' shopping paradise (even if you’re just window shopping). You can take a fashion history tour through the sensational palazzi.
When you solo travel Milan, you may be surprised by its size. Milan is actually quite a big city so be selective with what you see especially if you only have a few days as there’s a lot to see. There is a metro that makes it easy to get around but I also recommend taking the free walking tour to get a sense of the city and what you would like to visit in it.
There are plenty of places to explore including the San Siro stadium where David Beckham once played for AC Milan and the hop-on hop-off bus takes you here on one of their routes. (I visited here and really enjoyed my tour).
On your solo trip to Milan, the Duomo Milan should definitely be on top of your list. This cathedral is a must see in Italy as it is the most stunning piece of architecture in the city. The whole square is just simply stunning and will take your breath away.
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) which is one of the unusual things to do in Italy.
During your 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 artist's workshops. What I like about this city is that after your solo trip Milan, you can take various Italy excursions to Verona, Lake Como, and Bellagio and see more of Italy.
Is Milan safe for solo female travellers? Yes but you may want to stay in the tourist areas and avoid the outskirts at night. As in any big city, just be careful of your valuables in crowded places including the train station, especially at night.
The Italian Riviera
Active GatG, Nature GatG, Wine GatG
The Italian Riviera is where you’ll find Cinque Terra, 5 towns in Italy that 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. Manarola, 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.
You can also stop off at Portofino, a picturesque fishing village nestled along the Italian Riviera. It has cute pastel-coloured buildings, luxurious yachts, and a scenic harbour to create a postcard-perfect setting. Explore the charming narrow streets, try the local seafood and just soak up the enchantment of this Mediterranean coastal town.
If you have the time, take a leisurely stroll along the coastal walk and promenade all the way to Rapallo for more Italian beauty with a blend of history. Its charming promenade invites leisurely strolls along the azure waters of the Explore its historic center, visit the medieval castle, indulge in delicious Ligurian cuisine, whilst taking in the sights of the Ligurian Sea. (Or you can just take the ferry instead).
Food GatG, History GatG
Bologna, Italy, is one of the safest cities in Italy for solo female travelers and a great destination for the historical solo. Discover the Two Towers, magnificent medieval structures that stand as a testament to the city's rich past. Be transported back in time as you meander through the streets admiring the Renaissance architecture.
Explore the Gothic masterpiece of the Basilica di San Petronio, climb the Asinelli Tower for panoramic views of the cityscape, and visit Archiginnasio, an ancient university building with stunning interiors. Discover the secrets of Bologna's underground canals and ancient waterways with a guided tour. Or immerse yourself in the city's vibrant cultural scene by attending a performance at Teatro Comunale di Bologna.
If you love Italian cuisine you can sample local delicacies at the famous Mercato di Mezzo, take a food tour to savour authentic Bolognese dishes like tortellini and rags, or experience the traditional art of pasta-making by joining a cooking class and making your very own tagliatelle or lasagna. Bologna is also an ideal destination for people-watching in a cafe.
Or if you want to see more, you can discover the hidden gems of Bologna's picturesque neighbourhoods, such as Santo Stefano and Giardini Margherita and even take a day trip to nearby historic towns like Ravenna or Modena to further explore the region's heritage.
* Solo tip – “You can visit the Republic of San Marino in a day trip from Bologna. I have been there and it's a beautiful place to visit or even stay for a night or two!” * Check my Solo Travel in San Marino guide
Arty & Museum GatG, Wine GatG
Florence is the golden heart of Tuscany and is one of the places to visit in Central Italy. As well as being one of the most beautiful cities in the country, it is also one of the best cities in Italy for solo travellers as it's smaller than the other main cities. As a popular solo destination in Italy, it is bursting with 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 over the city.
Is Florence safe for solo female travellers? i felt extremely safe and comfortable here. I walked around and took the hop on hop off bus to learn more about the city and dined alone.
When you’ve exhausted the city and have ticked all the boxes for your Florence solo travel, 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.
Solo Tip – “Florence is one of the best Italian cities for solo travelers. It's full of little amazing corners. Grab a schiacciata at “All'antico Vinaio”. It’s the best place ever!” Federica – solo female traveller.
City & Sightseeing GatG
You can take a one-day excursion in Italy from Florence to Pisa to see the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa which is world-renown. Pisa is where you’ll find tourists taking photos of ‘holding up' the tower (I did do this when I was there).
The Tower of Pisa, also known as the Leaning Tower of Pisa, is an iconic medieval bell tower. Its distinctive tilt, caused by an unstable foundation, attracts hoards of tourists every year. Construction on the tower began in the 12th century and took over 200 years to complete. The tower stands at about 56 meters tall and is adorned with intricate architectural details.
But this famous tower isn't the only attraction here. The Piazza del Duomo also houses an eleventh-century cathedral and the Baptistery. The tower is one of the top things to see in Italy.
Ancient Civilisation GatG, History GatG
Rome, the capital city of Italy is the most popular solo travel destination in italy and should definitely be on your Italian bucket list. As one of the historical places in Italy, 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.
Solo travel Rome to step back in time, especially at the Colosseum, a large amphitheatre where you can imagine the scenes from Gladiator. Built in 72AD. This is one of Italy's top attractions and is near the Roman Forum so you can easily spend a day walking around the sights.
Things to see in Rome are the Roman Forum which 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 alone for a few days to see the Rome attractions, look at getting a Roma Card.
*Read my Guide To Rome Solo Travel
Arty & Museum GatG, History GatG
From Rome you can also do a day trip to the Vatican, to see the Vatican museums, St Peter’s Square, and Saint Peter’s Basilica, the largest Christian church in the world and one of the most beautiful places to see. The Vatican is an independent State and even has its own currency. It's really easy to solo travel here as it's small and full of museums.
Travel Tips – 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
Arty GatG, History GatG
Next is Naples, a UNESCO World Heritage site boasting a rich tapestry of 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. You can wander through its streets, discover historic castles that bear witness to its glorious past, and enjoy some Italian cuisine against the natural backdrop of the sea.
There is so much history in Italy but one of the places that should definitely be on your travel wish list when you're traveling alone to Italy is Pompeii. Less than 10km from Naples is Mount Vesuvius, 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 most 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, one of Italy's World Heritage Sites.
Solo Tip – “You can visit Pompeii on a day trip but make sure that you leave enough time as it can take hours to explore.”
Active GatG, Romantic GatG
The Amalfi Coast is one of the favorite places in Italy to visit. It is southeast of Naples in Southern Italy and you can also reach Pompeii from here. 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, Italy. 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. Capri Italy is home to the Blue Grotto, a natural sea cave that is illuminated. Taking a traditional ‘gozzo' boat here is one of the unique things to do in Italy.
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. If you do decide to solo female travel Amalfi coast, I've linked to two articles below to help you plan your trip.
Island GatG, Nature GatG, Volcano GatG
Off the coast of Malta and at the foot of Italy lies the island of Sicily. And, if it's the Italian island life that you want to experience when traveling solo in Italy, 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).
For the Sicily solo female traveller who's interested in history you can 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.
Is Sicily safe for solo female travellers? If you're wondering ‘Is Sicily safe to travel alone?' the answer is yes. However, you may find the language challenging here, even if you speak a little Italian so stay in the main tourist areas if you prefer a more comfortable time.
Solo Tip – “Getana is Sicily’s 2nd largest city that was rebuilt after the eruption. Make sure to see the colourful markets here if you’re a shopping GatG.”
History GatG, Island GatG
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.
When you solo travel Sardinia, make sure to 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 Best Places To Travel Alone in Italy
There are so many things to see in Italy and other places to visit on a solo trip Italy, including Assisi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which was the birthplace of St. Francis, one of the country’s patron saints.
During your solo female travel to Italy, take a trip back to the Medieval ages in the old walled town of Bergamo. This is a hidden gem in the north of Italy and once you've exhausted the list above, Bergamo is another of the best places for solo travel in Italy and a place where you can lose yourself in its historic atmosphere. 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, one of the best places in Italy to marvel at 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 try one of the Italy activities such as mountain biking, canoeing or horse riding in Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park.
This is one of the largest parks in the country and one of the best places to go in Italy for mountain peaks and the Calderone glacier, or relax in the coastal city of Bari with an old town that is nestled around the harbour.
I hope that my guide has inspired you to travel to the country. If you're still asking “Is Italy safe for female travellers?” Then the answer definitely is, yes it is. As a solo traveller Italy whatever you are seeking, the country has it to offer. In summary, solo travel to Italy for architecture, history, and plenty of delicious Italian cuisine…
Solo Holidays to Italy
Tours For All Ages
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 that mainly caters for budget travellers. They offer a small group tour with an average of 12 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.
Their tours to Italy 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. * Click here for the full itineraries, prices, and start dates
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 in Italy 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. Read our Intrepid Travel Reviews or Click here for the full itineraries, prices, and start dates
Tours For 18-39s
Italy on a Budget Tours – Italy on a Budget Tours offer budget Italy tours in Italy for 18-39 year-olds. Whether you are a student or planning on backpacking around Italy, they have plenty of day tours and city breaks across Italy. Their Italy tours for solo travellers and others, travel to destinations such as Florence, and Tuscany, and see places to visit in Rome and so many more. Italy on a Budget are what they say they are; cheap Italy tours. * Save 15% when you subscribe for your FREE Solo Travel Card (women only)
Sailing Trips For 35 to 60s
Sailing2Wellness – Sail around Sardinia on a wellness sailing experience. With a focus predominately on women, it's an opportunity to get re-energised with yoga, meditation, breath work, paddle boarding, hiking and snorkelling whilst enjoying cultural experiences and local cuisine as you visit local villages and taste traditional Sardinian and Corsican cuisine. Their trips are for 7 days and have a maximum of 8 people on each catamaran trip. * Save €200+ off with your FREE Solo Travel Card
Tours For Over 40s (& Italy Tours For Seniors)
Just You – Just You offers Italy tours for solo travelers. In a group of both men and women (usually more women), you will have your own room, time for yourself (if you want it) and other solo travellers to sightsee and dine with. Their Italy-escorted tours for solo travellers include the highlights of Tuscany, a week on the island of Sardinia or Sicily, a trip to Pompeii, Sorrento & The Bay of Naples and so many more. They are also ideal if you’re looking for trips to Italy for older singles. Trips start from £1,549. * Check prices and dates for all solo holidays to Italy
Explore – Explore offers every kind of trip for solos for all ages, especially if you’re 40 plus. You can take a short break, a trip that specialises in food and drink and you also have the option of private or self-guided tours too.
They have several trips to Italy whether you prefer to explore Classical Sicily or Puglia in 8 days, hike the Dolomites or Lake Como for a week or see the highlights of Naples and the Amalfi Coast on one of their solo Italy tours. Join their walking and wine tour across Southern Tuscany or cycle Lake Garda and Venice. Group sizes are between 12 to 18 and you share a room with another member of the group or can upgrade to a single room. Prices exclude flights. * Check tour prices and dates for Explore
Italy Day Tours
Get Your Guide – Get Your Guide helps you to find top-rated activities and day trips in worldwide destinations including Italy. Choose from a skip-the-line Vatican ticket to see and learn about the Sistine Chapel, priority access to the Colosseum and Roman Forum, or Doge’s Palace and Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice.
Some of the tours require a minimum of 2 people but there are plenty to book as a solo including Florence day tours or Venice day tours and it’s really simple to use. Just check the reviews for the guided tour, price and availability then book online. * Check all tours and prices here
Best Area To Stay in Italy
Italy has so many great destinations for solo travellers, depending on the kind of trip that you are looking for. For history solos, the historic centre of Rome is a great choice for solo female travellers, with its numerous attractions, restaurants, and cafes.
Florence is a beautiful city with plenty of cultural attractions, and it is also known for being relatively safe for solo travellers. The area around the Duomo is particularly popular, as it is central and convenient for exploring the city.
If you are looking for a more relaxed and scenic experience, the five coastal villages of Cinque Terre may be a good option. This area is known for its hiking trails and picturesque landscapes. Or there's Venice, which is a unique and romantic city that can be visited alone. Anywhere you stay is good here but the Grand Canal is a great place to stay to get the real Venice experience.
Best Accommodation For a Solo Italy Trip
There are many types of accommodation in Italy depending on your budget. You’ll find international hotels, boutique hotels, Italy 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, and olive oil and wine tastings.
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 depending on the star rating of the hotel.
If you prefer to be immersed in nature and away from the crowds, Nature House have a diverse range of houses across Italy. Stay in the mountains, in the forest, in the middle of a meadow or near the sea. Their concept helps you to stay in and contribute back to nature, and they have planted more than 1 million trees in Africa.
For each booking made they now invest in Dutch nature projects. Great for the conscious traveller! You can even choose properties that grow their own veg! Choose from a cottage, farm stay, chalet, cabin, villa, glamping and so many more. Find all their properties here
If you prefer your Italy accommodation to be nice and quiet, you can stay in a monastery or a convent which is a unique and cheap way to see Italy. There is also Airbnb Italy which connects you to staying with locals whether you choose to just book a room or their whole property.
All of the Italy accommodations below have been recommended by either myself or other solo female travellers from our Girls about the Globe community and come with a Solo Female Friendly endorsement. For all other recommendations on where to stay in Italy, click the link below.
* To book, check prices or availability for all accommodation in Italy
$ – Plus Hostel. This hostel feels more like a hotel with the vibe and price of a hostel. You’ll find a girls-only section available in the city hostels with pink rooms and hairdryers, plus there’s a spa area complete with a Turkish bath and gym, a large common area and a restaurant and a bar with themed nights. I stayed here when I was traveling Italy alone and loved it! Prices from £20/€23 p/n for a bed in a girls-only dorm room. * To book, check prices or availability for Plus Hostels
$$ – Hotel Lorena Florence. This small family-run hotel and is perfect for those who are looking for an upgrade from a hostel and want to stay in a homely, friendly accommodation. It is really well located and you can walk to Duomo de Firenze, Palazzo die Congressi, and the Uffizi Gallery in all under 10 minutes. Prices from £40/€46 p/n. * To book, check prices or availability for Hotel Lorena
$ – Milano Ostello. This hostel in Milan is conveniently located near a metro and the railway station. The dorms are female-only dorms with ensuite bathrooms, reading light and lockers. The rooms are quiet and there is heating in the rooms for the winter months. Prices from £36/€42 p/n. * To book, check prices or availability for Milano Ostello
$$ – Hotel Glam Milano. This 4-star hotel is situated by the Central Station with soundproofed rooms, a modern design and lots of light. What’s also great about this hotel is that your breakfast and dinner are included too. Prices from £100/€115 p/n. * To book, check prices or availability for Glam Milano
$ – YellowSquare Rome. This sociable hostel is located right in the heart of the city, within walking distance of all of the major sights and less than 10 minutes from Rome Termini train station. Plus, there's an on-site bar and DJ so it’s ideal for the party solo. Prices from £28/€32 p/n. * To book, check prices or availability for YellowSquare Rome
$$ – B&B Arco Di Gallieno. This B&B is modern, stylish and comfortable and feels more like a home than a B&B with the friendliest owner and staff. It’s only a short walk away from the Colosseum and is also near to a metro station making it easy to get around the city. Prices from £98/€113 p/n. * To book, check prices or availability for B&B Arco Di Gallieno
$ – Hostel of the Sun. Vibrant and bright, this hostel is located in the heart of the city near the marina, and within walking distance of the main sights. The hostel has a friendly sociable vibe with helpful staff who will make you feel at home if you’re solo. They only have mixed dorm rooms. Prices from £28/€32 p/n. * To book, check prices or availability for Hostel of the Sun
$$ – Fly Boutique Hotel. This 3-star hotel 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 rooftop terrace that offers a lovely view of the square. Prices from £104/€120 p/n. * To book, check prices or availability for Fly Boutique Hotel
$ – Generator Hostel. I love this chain of hostels. And even though this hostel is located on Guidecca Island, it is only 15 minutes from Venice by water taxi. Inside this stunning 19th-century building is a stylish lobby and a bar to meet other travellers. They have female-only dorms too. Prices from £35/€40 p/n. * To book, check prices or availability for Generator Venice
$$ – Palazzo Veneziano. This is a beautiful hotel in Venice away from the crowds. The rooms are just stunning with marble bathrooms and soundproofing and some even have their own terrace and jacuzzi. It’s located 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 £172/€198 p/n * To book, check prices or availability for Palazzo Veneziano
Yoga Retreats in Italy
For Italy yoga retreats, I recommend Book Yoga Retreats. I love this platform. I booked my last yoga retreat through them and found it really easy to use. They list yoga and meditation retreats all around the world including retreats in Italy so you can find the perfect yoga holiday for you whether that’s a week-long yoga and stand-up paddleboard retreat or a 9-day yoga and pilates retreat. They are also ideal for a women's trip to Italy as you get to meet like-minded others and spend time rejuvenating or soul searching before exploring the rest of the country solo.
Just search by duration or price to find the one that resonates with you. Click on the link below for all yoga retreats Italy or read the recommended ones that I have included below from our solo community.
* Check prices, dates and duration for all yoga Italy retreats
4 Day Yoga Retreat Sicily
This 4-day yoga immersion in the south of Sicily is a perfect weekend getaway for those who love both yoga and water sports. In addition to a daily and evening yoga session, you can try your hand at surfing, kitesurfing, stand-up paddle boarding and even the downward dog on a SUP where you combine the two.
The retreat is open to all levels and also offers the use of bikes and beach beds to really relax during your time here. The retreat is only open between April to October and prices start from €335 for a shared room.
* Check prices, accommodation and availability: 4 Day Yoga Retreat Sicily
5 Day Meditation and Yoga Retreat
If a retreat in an Italian monastery sounds more your style, this 5-day meditation and yoga retreat in Frontino, Le Marche offers yoga philosophy around the campfire, pranayama and mantras as well as long hikes and the chance to go mountain biking or horse riding too.
With 4 days of activities including 2 yoga lessons per day for 90 minutes within the Renaissance monument of the Monastery of San Girolamo, you’re guaranteed to feel at peace in the cloister and lush garden. Prices start from €540 for a private single room.
* Check prices, accommodation and availability: 5 Day Yoga Retreat
7 Day Yoga Retreat Tuscany
If you have a week, this 7-day yoga, hiking and biking retreat in Tuscany combine a yoga retreat with exploring neighbouring villages within the province of Lucca. Enjoy hiking or biking trails through gorgeous villages and exploring local markets as well as morning and sunset yoga every day. Plus enjoy an afternoon aperitivo (Italian style) and dinner under the stars. Prices start from €1162 for a private double room.
* Check prices, accommodation. and availability: 7 Day Tuscany Retreat
Transport For Solo Traveling Italy
For solo travelling Italy, the public transportation in Italy makes it really easy to get to the major Italy cities. There is a good train network making it easy for those touring Italy on your own.
Buying your train ticket in advance for Italy rail is definitely recommended during the summer months and you can also get cheaper Italy train tickets if you book online. If you travel Italy solo by train, plan for fewer services if you are travelling on a Sunday. Find an Italian train map here
Italy also has a good bus network and ferries which operate the islands. It is incredibly easy to travel from city to city. Once you're in the cities 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.
If you are looking at getting around Italy without a car, touring Italy by train is easy and it is the best way to travel around Italy. Avoid rush hour if you can and don’t forget that the names of the stations are in Italian.
On the Amalfi Coast, the best way to get around Italy is by boat, but they 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 dependent so if you are visiting the Amalfi Coast look into alternative methods of getting around such as the bus instead. * Check prices for Italy ferries
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. If you decide that driving for you is the best way to travel in Italy because of the freedom that it brings, I have personally used Discover Cars and recommend them (you do need a credit card to hire with them). * Check prices for Italy car hire
* Search for flights, trains and buses in Italy
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 examples of a solo trip to Italy itinerary for your Italy holidays, whether you are travelling around Italy for 2 weeks or less.
Italy Itinerary 7 Days
- 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).
Italy Itinerary 14 Days
- 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).
Best Italy Travel Books
If you need a guidebook for your travels, one of the best Italy travel books is 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 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 for the best things to see in Italy and fun things to do in Italy, whether you are planning on travelling the Amalfi Coast or discovering the country’s ancient civilisation.
What To Pack For Italy
If you’re asking yourself “what do I need to travel to Italy?” and are unsure what to pack for Italy, one of our must-have travel products for Italy is a money belt. I'm 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 my favourite travel products:
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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 Travel To Italy
If you are going to Italy alone 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. There are so many things to do in Italy in September including hiking and all the sightseeing.
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 on an Italy vacation with locals at the same time. I visited Rimini in the winter and it felt more like a ghost town. Avoid places such as Pompeii in the summer when the heat may be too much for sightseeing,
When you're planning when to go to Italy, the climate in Italy in the winter can get really cold, especially Northern Italy so avoid December to February if you’re hoping to do things in Italy outside. Instead, for places to visit in Italy in February, head south.
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. Venice is one of the best places to visit Italy in February as you’ll be there for the Venice Carnival.
The Italy weather chart below shows the maximum day temperatures in Italy (Rome) from January to December to help you plan your best solo trips to Italy.
Travel Insurance For Italy
Is Italy safe to travel alone as a woman? Yes, 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 in Italy.
True Traveller and World Nomads are two insurance companies which can cover travel to Italy. True Traveller is available to UK and European residents, and World Nomads is available to over 100 countries worldwide, including the USA and UK. For digital nomads, Safety Wing is a nomad insurance that covers people from all over the world.
All 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.
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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 flights to Italy 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 €3 and only takes 35 minutes. Taxis cost approx €25 or take the Air Bus which is only €6 from Central Station.
From Milan Malpensa (MXP) there is a train to Milan Cadorna that leaves every 30 minutes and costs €15 for the 40-minute journey. Check Malpensa Express for details. The bus is cheaper (at €11) 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. If you have booked cheap airfare with one of the budget airlines, this is likely the airport that you will be flying into.
Milan Bergamo (BGY) is a hub for low-cost airlines. Buses operate from Centrale station 24 hours and cost €11 for the hour journey.
Naples – Taxis will cost approximately €30 from Naples Airport (NAP) or several buses run from the airport to Piazza Garibaldi and cost approx €5 for the 15-minute ride.
Palermo – From Palmero Airport (PMO) the train is the cheapest option. It costs €7 and takes up to 45 minutes to Palermo Notarbartolo departing hourly. There is also a bus that costs the same 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 approx 50 minutes and cost €7. There are several bus companies which leave either every 30 minutes or hourly. The train costs €15 and takes 30 to 50 minutes to Roma Termini or you can take a taxi for approximately €80 depending on where you are staying.
From Rome Ciampino Airport (CIA). Buses take 40 minutes and cost €6 to the same station departing every hour. A taxi will cost approx €40.
Venice – From Venice Airport (VCE) you can take a bus for approximately €10 from Marco Polo to Santa Chiara, which departs every 20 minutes and every hour (depending on the bus operator). An hourly ferry will cost you €14 for the 30-minute ride into Madonna dell’Orto, or you can take a taxi for €75. 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 from 6:20am and operates daily in the summer months (April to October) and from Thursday to Sunday outside of the peak season.
To Vatican City – From Rome, you can take the metro for €3 which takes 11 minutes to Cipro. The line 64 bus takes 10 minutes and costs from €3.
To San Marino – you can easily reach this small Republic from Rimini or Bologna. If you don't have a car, there is the line 160 bus from Rimini for €7 each way.
To Vienna – From Venice, there is a train to Austria which takes 8 hours and costs from up to €112. FlixBus also runs to Austria and costs from €77 for the 9.5-hour journey. There is also a night train which takes 11 hours.
To Slovenia – Both Eurolines and FlixBus operate this route and take approx 11 hours costing from €60 upwards.
To France – Trenitalia operates from Milan to Paris in France. The journey is expensive at €110 and takes 8 hours. Flixbus operate a night bus from Milan for €48 which takes 14 hours or you can travel by day on the bus too.
Check Rome2Rio for all your onward journeys.
Where can I fly from here?
- Berlin – 2 hrs 15 mins
- Paris – 2 hrs
- Vienna – 1.5 hrs
Conscious Travel in Italy
Stay Eco in Italy
Imagine waking up to the smell of summer. Imagine Mediterranean flavours coating your tongue every time you take a bite of the local products the kitchen has to offer. Imagine feeling like royalty without having the carbon footprint of one. Well, Villa Crespi on the shores of lake Orta certainly caters to the royal within you. The hotel oozes old charm but boasts plenty of innovative, sustainable, and hygienic, technological systems.
* Check prices, dates and availability: Villa Crespi
Hotel Milano Scala
Milan is known as the city of fashion. It’s a hectic city, full of energy and adventures. But after a day filled with non-stop activities relaxing at Hotel Milano Scala’s panoramic terrace or green restaurant sounds like a delight! This hotel is eco-friendly; there is no doubt about that!
They even have been chosen by the UK National Geographic Traveller to be featured in its Earth Collection edition. Hotel Milano Scala grows their own veggies in their own vegetable garden on the 6th floor of the hotel, has installed smart windows, and is deeply committed to their eco-friendly philosophy.
* Check prices, dates and availability: Hotel Milano Scala
Issues affecting vulnerable girls in Italy
The Italian government has made great strides over the years towards gender equality. However, women are still underrepresented in the workforce, government, and cultural sectors. Almost half of women and girls from the ages 14 to 65 have experienced some form of sexual harassment in their lifetime, according to the national statistics agency Istat. Read more…
* The wealth gap between Northern Italy and Southern Italy is easy to notice when looking at children’s well-being and rights. Child labour laws are constantly overlooked. Children, especially in the South, help their families by working long hours after school and during weekends.
* Refugee children in Italy face a similar fate as in Spain. They are discriminated against, lack access to health care and education, and are victims of Italy’s failing integration system. Read more…
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 or take your own water filter with you. 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 during your solo trip in Italy 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? Yes! The Colosseum is one of the seven man-made Wonders of the World.
- Is Italy good for solo travel? Yes! It's perfect for those who love history, musuems and Italian cuisine. There is so much to do and see when you're travelling to Italy alone that you will want to plan another trip back to see all the places that you've missed on your first trip.
Map of Italy
Planning a Solo Trip To Italy
When you're traveling solo to Italy, I've included some useful links to help you plan your trip including airlines which fly there, vaccinations and useful Italian phrases.
How much does a solo trip to Italy cost? £80/€95 a day (based on staying in the cheapest accommodation)
Capital of Italy – Rome
Population – 60.5 million
Language spoken – Italy
Do I need a visa for my Italian trip? Not on a British passport
Did you know? That Venice is sinking.
The Best Time to Go – June, August
- A Guide To Solo Travel Rome
- Solo Travel To Lake Como
- Amalfi Coast Itineraries
- Best Towns in Amalfi Coast
- Check my Solo Travel in San Marino guide
- Chi Kung in Italy
- Au Pairing in Italy