I usually travel solo, which can offer both the best and worst aspects of traveling. It’s often exciting and freeing, but there can be downsides and doubts too. Even though it’s sometimes hard, there’s a lot to love about traveling on your own. Every destination offers something different for solo travelers, but some make it a bit easier to make yourself at home. Wherever you choose to travel, I think solo travelers can find ways to enjoy themselves, and without spending too much money. Italy offers some fantastic opportunities for solo travel, being a relatively safe country with interesting places to see and stay in.
Immersion in Italian Life
While there are plenty of places where you can get caught up in tourist traps, like in Rome and Venice, Italy is also an amazing place for diving right into the culture. For an authentic way to experience Italian life as a solo traveler, you can’t beat staying on an Italian farm. An agriturismo allows you to live on a farm and sometimes work for your room and board too. If you want to experience rural life, it’s a great thing to do. For an unusual place to stay that’s not a farm, you could consider staying at a monastery or convent. This type of simple accommodation can be found all around the country.
Some solo travelers can have worries about getting around on their own. If you’re a solo traveler, you might not want to hire a car, but in some places, you might be hesitant to take public transport, especially if you have a lot of luggage. It’s not too difficult to get around Italy using whichever method you prefer. Bus and metro are great in cities, with bus networks in towns and suburban areas too. I wouldn’t hesitate to take a taxi for some short journeys, especially when it’s most convenient. If you fly into the country, a taxi from Milan to Lake Como could be the easiest way of getting to your destination. Trains are super convenient for longer distances, and cheap compared to some other European countries.
The Perfect Place to Wing It
Making plans is often the first rule of traveling for many people. However, if you don’t feel like making plans, Italy is a great place to just start walking. While you can do it even in small towns, it’s in the cities where you can really start wandering. There’s so much history and culture to explore in all of them, not to mention lots of places to eat, that you’ll always stumble across something to do. If it looks interesting, go and check it out.
Don’t Just Do the Cities
Even though Italy’s cities and most popular tourist spots have a lot to offer, there’s more to the country. The likes of Rome and Florence are great to explore, but solo travelers should try getting lost in the less popular places too. Explore the tiny seaside towns, as well as the interior of the country.
Italy is a fantastic place for solo travel, even if it’s your first trip alone. Brush up on your Italian, though, especially for trips outside of the major cities.