A Guide To Rome Solo Travel

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Rome is such an amazing city. There is so much to do in this city bursting with lively locals and historic attractions. If you're planning to visit Rome, I've put together a short guide on Rome solo travel. This city is packed with history, culture, and delicious food. Here are some of the top things to do while solo travelling in Rome.

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A Guide To Rome Solo Travel

Solo Travel in Rome

Rome is an amazing city but it can be overwhelming when you first arrive so you may want to get your bearings first on a walking or bus tour then plan what you want to go back and see afterwards. The people are friendly and there's so much to see so you may want to stay for at least 4 or 5 days to experience everything.

The city may be known for being historical but this Italian city has more to offer solos with different interests. Nature lovers can enjoy Villa Borghese, arty & museum solos can wander around various museums. And shopping solos can shop til they drop at Via dei Condotti and the streets around Piazza di Spagna.

But if you are here for the history, just keep your eyes open as you wander around. Every corner really is a piece of art and history. If you're looking for some company while exploring this beautiful city, consider joining one of the Rome walking tours. You'll get to see the best sites whilst learning more about the history of Rome (and it's good exercise too!) Otherwise, to meet others, just sit al fresco in one of the squares or head to a bar in Piazza Navona to strike up a conversation. Ciao!

If you're here for at least 72 hours, a Rome and Vatican pass gives you discounted entry to dozens of Rome attractions. * Check the pass here

Safety in Rome 

Rome is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, and for good reason; it's absolutely beautiful! However, this also means that it can be quite crowded and busy at times, especially in the summer months. If you're travelling to Rome solo, it's important to be prepared for the crowds and make sure that you always have your wits about you.

The city of Rome is huge and although it's safe for females, there are some areas that you'll want to avoid if you're travelling on your own. These include the Colle Oppio area near the Colosseum, which can be quite sketchy at night, and the Trastevere neighbourhood, which is known for pickpocketing (but not more than in any other European city).

Another tip is to make sure to carry plenty of water with you when you're sightseeing as it can get hot outside during the summer months. You don't want to get dehydrated when you're solo.

Must Sees in Rome 

Rome is a city that you can spend days exploring. There are so many historical sites, museums and beautiful architecture to see that one visit might not be enough. If you're only here for a short time, make sure your trip includes at least some of these must-see attractions:

N.b. If you only have 48 hours in Rome, this Rome itinerary shows you the best of the city.

1. Have Your Picture Taken With Gladiators

Who could stay in the great city of Rome and not drop by the Colosseum? The Colosseum is an ancient Roman amphitheatre that was built in the first century AD. It's one of Rome's most famous landmarks and a must-visit for any traveller to Italy!

Not only will you be able to walk around this magnificent stone structure, that was built in 80AD, but you can even take a selfie with a gladiator. Whether you decide to tour it on your own or with an audio guide, this ancient Roman amphitheatre is a must-see for any visitor to Rome. You can even visit in the evening for a more atmospheric tour. 

* Check dates and prices for Colosseum Rome tickets

2. Visit The Pantheon

The Pantheon is another famous Roman landmark that's definitely worth a visit. It was built in the second century AD and is the world's largest unreinforced concrete dome. This iconic temple has seen centuries of activity take place and today it still operates as a fully functioning church. You’ll be able to marvel at ancient architecture that has stood the test of time better than any other relic in Rome. This incredible temple is one of the best-preserved ancient buildings in Rome. 

* Check dates and prices for Pantheon Rome tickets

3. Stop For Gelato in the Piazza

A well-known meeting point for Roman locals, the Piazza Navona is alive with street artists, performers and musicians day and night. It’s packed with bars and restaurants too, so it’s the ideal spot for a cone of cool gelato before carrying on with your sightseeing. 

4. Stroll Through the Roman Forum

The Roman Forum was once the centre of ancient Rome. It's where politicians, philosophers and other important people met to discuss issues that affected their society. This archaeological area is home to some of the most important ruins from Ancient Rome including former important government buildings. 

Today it's an open-air museum with several restored buildings from different periods in history including Julius Caesar's house! There are also some remains from when Emperor Nero ruled over half a millennium ago. It’s a fascinating archaeological site and a must-see attraction for history buffs. 

* Check dates and prices for Roman Forum tickets

5. See the Sistine Chapel

Okay so this is in Vatican City but you can easily get here from Rome. A world-famous example of Renaissance art, the Sistine Chapel was constructed between 1473 and 1483, and has seen the likes of Sandro Botticelli, Pietro Perugino and Michelangelo grace its hallways to leave their mark. This tiny country is home to some of the world's most famous religious sites, including St. Peter's Basilica as well as the Sistine Chapel. You can pre-book Vatican tickets too. 

* Check prices and dates for Vatican City tickets 

6. Get a Taste of Italy in the Markets

Rome has many markets, especially during the weekend. Campo dei fiori it is famous for its flowers and you can also interact with the locals at this beautiful market. 

The most famous market in town is Campo de' Fiori; dozens of stalls line the streets packed with the freshest fruit and vegetables, the finest wines, cured meats and exotic cheeses that you’ll find anywhere in Italy.

7. See the View From Capitoline Hill

This picturesque hilltop square was designed by Michelangelo himself and contains several buildings including the Capitoline Museum. Housing some of the finest classical examples of Roman, Greek and Egyptian masterpieces, many treasures are hidden within its walls.

8. Meditate in the Local Gardens

There are plenty of parks around Rome for you to seek solitude away from the hustle and bustle of town. One of the best is the extravagantly designed and perfectly pruned gardens of Villa Borghese. As well as housing a museum of fine arts, this park in the centre of Rome offers great views of the city. 

9. See The Trevi Fountain

Let’s not forget that you’re in Rome, home to one of the most famous and beautiful fountains in the world. No trip here would be complete without a visit to the Trevi Fountain. Located in the heart of Rome, the Trevi fountain was built in the 18th century and is a must-see for any visitor to Rome. Tradition has it that if you throw a coin into the fountain, you'll be sure to return to Rome so make sure you throw a coin into the fountain whilst you're there!  

10. The Spanish Steps

The Spanish steps are a popular tourist destination in Rome, and for good reason – they're beautiful! The steps lead up to the Trinità dei Monti church at the top, and on any given day you can find people sitting on them or posing for photos. If you're looking for a great view of the city, this is the place to go.

What To Do at Night in Rome

Rome is a great city to explore at night. There are plenty of restaurants and bars to choose from and the wine is great everywhere. Choose a seat outside if the thought of venturing inside one of the small bars is too intimidating.

Lively areas at night are Trastevere and Monti where you'll meet others enjoying an apertitivo. You can join a guided tour of Trastevere at night if you feel more comfortable. * Check dates and availability here

The Party Girl about the Globe should head to Testaccio, famous for its clubs. It's an area popular with students. You'll also find nightclubs within the business district of EUR, an area of the city where mainly locals go. 

Another option is to take a stroll through the streets to admire all the beautiful architecture. Evening walking tours are also available if you prefer some company to explore at night (drinks are included too!) If you're looking for something more active, there's always live music or dancing happening somewhere in the city.  

For the culture vulture, how about stopping by the famous open-air amphitheatre for a spot of opera or ballet under the stars? You can buy tickets for the best performances well in advance too. Or enjoy a private opera show on one of Rome's most famous rooftops. 

Where to Eat & Drink in Rome 

As with most cities, you'll find the more touristy restaurants in the centre. So venture out to the neighbourhoods and look for where the locals are eating. Gusto is a good restaurant in the heart of Rome. Open from morning to night, you can stop by for breakfast, lunch and dinner, You'll find vegetarian restaurants in the Jewish Quarter which is quieter and has a different atmosphere from the rest of the city. Coffee and desserts are amazing anywhere and make sure you have gelato when you're here too. GROM is a tasty ice-cream parlour with several shops in the city. 

For drinks, head to Piazza Navona at night for a glass of vino or two. If you venture further, Bar del Fico is a very cool cafe bar where you can enjoy a drink in the European bistro or step into the internal courtyard for more culinary dishes from Rome. It's just a short walk from here to Campo de' Fiori, a well-known area for drinks and nightlife. There are several bars in the square to choose from. 

Tipping in Rome

Tipping is not mandatory in Rome, but it is always appreciated. Restaurants typically add a service charge to the bill, so you don't need to worry about tipping your waiter unless you feel like they went above and beyond. However, if you do tip then it's customary to leave between 5 – 10% of the total bill (or whatever amount feels right for you).

Rome Tours

Get Your Guide – Get Your Guide helps you to find top-rated activities and day tours in worldwide destinations including Rome. Choose from a Colosseum tour with the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill priority ticket, a street food walking tour with a local guide or an iconic sights twilight walking tour. 

They use local tour companies and there are several to choose from including Vatican tours. It’s really simple to use. Just check the reviews, price and availability then book online. Read my review here or click the link below for all tours. 

* Check all tours, prices and availability for Rome

Free Walking Tour Rome

Walking tours are ideal for meeting others and getting an overview of the city. Rome’s Ultimate free walking tour runs twice a day in the mornings and the afternoons and is free to join. If you enjoy the tour, you just tip at the end! The tour lasts up to 3 hours and gives you an insight into the core of Roman history. It’s also suitable for wheelchair users. 

* Check days and availability for Rome walking tour

Hop on Hop Off Rome

The hop on hop off Rome bus is a good way to see the city and get your bearings too. You can choose a 24, 48 or 72-hour ticket and hop on and off wherever you like. You also learn about the city with the commentary on the bus too. The bus takes you near iconic sites such as the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain. You can stay on for the full two hours then decide which site you want to see. 

* Check all tickets and prices for Rome Hop On Bus

Best Places To Stay in Rome

There are plenty of accommodation choices to stay in Rome whatever your budget. You can find hotels for all budgets, aparthotels and hostels. Plus there's Airbnb if you prefer to stay with locals. Good areas to stay in are in the centre of the city as well as Nomentano, Monti, Trastevere or Prati. 

All the accommodations below have been recommended by solo female travellers from our Girls about the Globe community and come with our solo female friendly endorsement. For all other accommodation, click on the link below and search for the solo traveller reviews. 

* To book, check prices or availability for all accommodation in Rome

Yellow Hostel Rome

The Yellow Hostel is a great place to stay if you're looking for a budget-friendly option in Rome. It's located right in the heart of the city, within walking distance of all of the major sights and less than 10minutes from Rome Termini train station. There are a variety of room types to choose from including mixed dorms and female-only dorms. Plus, there's an on-site bar where you can meet other travellers and swap tips for your upcoming adventures. It’s a good choice for the party solo but if you need quiet when you sleep, you may want to bring some earplugs. 

Sweet Dream Roma

This 19th-century guest house is located in the centre of Rome, a 10-minute walk from the Colosseum and Roman Forum and close to the Trevi Fountain and Piazza Navona. There’s a bus stop outside if you prefer to take public transport as well as bars and restaurants in the nearby streets. The host is really friendly and can help with restaurant recommendations and anything else you need. The rooms are a good size and come with a coffee machine and hairdryer. Choose from a small double room or a standard double room. 

B&B Arco Di Gallieno

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 one of the hotels in Rome that is only a short walk away from the Rome tourist attractions such as the Colosseum. It is also 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 €79 per night for a double room
  • To book, check prices or availability for B&B Arco Di Gallieno

How To Get Around Rome

Rome is an amazing city and there's so much to see! The best way to maximize your time is to plan out what you want to see ahead of time, and then figure out how to get from one site to another. If you have data, use Google Maps to plan your routes because they have walking, biking and public transportation options all on one map and it tells you how long it will take you. For offline maps, Maps.me is a great app. 

The best way to get around Rome is by walking or taking the subway. The Rome metro is a great way to get around the city. It's really easy to use and covers all of the major areas in the city. There are three lines – A, B and C – that interact at Termini Station in the centre of Rome. The tickets are valid for 100 minutes once you've activated them so be sure not to activate them until you're actually on the metro. 

There are a few things to keep in mind when using the Rome metro. First, be sure to stand on the right and walk on the left so that people can pass you easily. Second, the trains get really crowded during rush hour, so try to avoid travelling then if you can. And finally, don't forget to validate your ticket before you get on the metro. Find out more about the metro here.

For anywhere there aren't metros, Rome has a bus system. Find the main bus lines here. There are also taxis available which apart from being the more expensive option, don't have a great reputation. Find out the official rates and how to take one here. 

From Rome Airport

Rome has two airports. Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport has direct flights from all major cities in Europe and North America. This airport is approximately 30 minutes from the city centre by train, shuttle or taxi. Buses are the cheapest option and take 55 minutes. Check Rome2Rio for up to date prices and services from the airport. 

The second airport in Rome is Ciampino Airport. If you’re flying with low-cost airlines, this is where you will probably fly into. From here there are taxis taking you into the city or you can take the direct bus to Termini Station in 45 minutes. Find all transport here.

Feel more confident with someone waiting for you at the airport with Hoppa, a reliable and safe service for solo females.

Travelling Onwards

If you're travelling onwards from Rome, you may prefer to use public transportation instead of hiring a rental car to avoid any traffic jams. Termini train station is the main train station, with trains running from there to the North and South of Italy. Rome2Rio is a great resource for planning your future travels. 

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