Solo Female Travel to Italy has Become Very Popular
by Darya Boronilo
Sometimes your Best Travel Companion is you!
Solo female travel is now one of the biggest tourism trends in 2022. According to The Wander Women Index, women call the most critical factors for their solo travels to include safety, women’s rights, culture, cuisine, landscapes, and adventure.
Not surprisingly, Italy is in the “Top 10 Best Destinations for Solo Female Travelers”. But you might still wonder: is Italy safe to travel alone as a woman? Good news! Filled with many attractions, the country is also one of the safest destinations for solo female travelers.
Locals are amiable, which makes asking for directions, making new connections, or finding the best pizza place easier than expected.
If you‘re considering visiting Italy alone, finding a balance between a little ‘’getting lost’’ time and giving the trip structure and purpose would be best. And, of course, you need your ideal ”Italy solo travel itinerary“!
Get an Aperitivo and Flirt with Life.
An aperitif hour in Italy is similar to the familiar American ’Happy Hour’ – cheerful hours accompanied by fantastic food and cocktails. It allows you to feel how wonderful life is as you hold your glass of Aperol Spritz, Italy’s most famous aperitivo drink.
In Italy, an aperitivo is more than just a drink after work. It’s a magical time that allows people to socialize before going home, a light dinner substitute, or the start of a more significant event on the weekend. This tradition is also an informal way to go on a date or meet new people. A great option for a solo female traveler to start her own Italian social life!
Stay Connected Through Local Experiences.
One of the best things about traveling to Italy is the variety of new local experiences one can try. Sign up for a cooking class with “Nonna” that has gained favor.
Participate in the grape or olive harvest: work in the fresh air, try simple food in the villages, meet locals, and participate in exciting traditional festivals such as the Battle of Oranges, the largest food fight in Europe, or the Sagra dell’Uva (Festival of grape) in Lazio.
Sign up for an art workshop and use your inspiration from the journey to create a masterpiece. Attend a short wine tasting course and learn about local wines and gastronomy from a professional. Come back home to share new skills and keep in touch with your new connections.
Pack Light and Be a Savvy Shopper.
Shopping alone sounds just great. The best part, for the solo female traveler, you don’t have to worry about the interests of anyone but yourself! And what can be a better shopping destination than Italy? The country offers numerous fashion items, jewelry, glass, and leather of world-famous quality and the most prestigious designs!
Rome, Milan, Venice, and Florence are some of the best places in Italy for solo female travelers. They offer many attractions, activities, and great shopping options as a bonus for you who enjoy bringing an empty bag when you depart!
Milan, one of the world’s fashion capitals, offers numerous boutiques and outlets accommodating such famous brands as Armani, Gucci, Prada, Valentino, and Versace, to name just a few. The next stop on your Italian shopping tour should be Florence. Florence is famous for its numerous leather shops, jewelry, gold, and silver goods. Picturesque small shops on the Ponte Vecchio offer handmade shoes, bags, and unique jewelry items.
Bring your single travel to Italy to the next level with an exclusive shopping experience! Attending fashion shows in Milan or treating yourself with the help of your personal shopper on a private shopping tour will be an extraordinary experience. Imagine sharing the emotions with your girlfriends over a coffee when you return home!
Meet new friends on a small guided tour.
Some locations are hard to reach and are better enjoyed with the company. That is where a small, guided tour is an excellent option. Such an opportunity could help you make new relationships with other travelers.
Whether attending a lavender harvest, a pilgrimage hiking route, or a gastronomy adventure. Tourism professionals will help to plan the best itinerary and schedule.
In many cases, it can help lower overall costs, leaving more to spend on you in other areas of your travels. For example, a local gourmet adventure will help discover authentic aspects of Italian culture and old family traditions. Joining cheese or wine tasting also means seeing unique sites, meeting locals, and becoming friends with fellow travelers.
Experience Il Dolce Far Niente (The Sweetness of Doing Nothing)
Dolce far niente is an Italian concept that means ‘Doing nothing and enjoying it.’ More precisely, it means living the pleasant experience of enjoying time going by and letting your thoughts go.
Dolce far niente could also be described as “ living the moment,” when nothing else matters, there’s no stress, no pressure. One of the best places to travel alone in Italy and to enjoy dolce far niente is Rome.
Think about lullingly strolling at the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountains, the Piazzas Navona, Campo di Fiori, and Villa Borghese, where you can live your best moments inspired by famous Roman Holiday movies. The city is perfect for a laid-back experience with chic dining options, magnificent viewpoints, and pretty cobbled streets.
Make life-lasting happy memories in Venice.
No trip to Italy is complete without a visit to Venice. The beauty of this unique floating city of 118 islands separated by light-reflecting canals and some of the World’s most beautiful architecture is hard to put into words. This is one place you must see with your own eyes!
Traveling to Italy alone, especially when in Venice, is an enriching experience. Allow yourself a relaxed weekend, get comfortable shoes, and be prepared to get lost in the narrow cobbled streets.
Enjoy the magical atmosphere at your own pace. Book a historical hotel with antique baroque-style furniture. Have breakfast at the terrace overlooking the water and passing boats. You’ll have to watch out – brazen seagulls might attempt to steal your fresh pastries!
Take a morning stroll to the Rialto Bridge, the Grand Canal, the Doge’s Palace, and St. Mark’s Square, perfect for the solo female traveler. Jump on a Vaporetto, the local water bus, and visit the island of Burano with colorful houses and glassblowing workshops. This is the place to buy an elegant set of Venetian glass jewelry and accessories.
In the afternoon, take a gondola ride and enjoy the city from a new perspective. You are invited to sit in an elegant Venetian boat on a comfortable double-armchair. The tour will take you on a ride on the canals. At the same time, the stylish gondolier, an exceptionally skilled rower, will happily tell you about the fantastic scenery and most remarkable buildings along the way.
Highlight your solo trip to Venice!
To highlight your Venetian experience, head to an Opera or Classical music concert for the evening. One of the best options is the world-class chamber concerts at Gran Teatro La Fenice, the iconic home of Italian opera, but many other remarkable theatres exist.
It’s recommended to book the tickets well in advance. Finish your day with a beautiful dinner and a glass of cold prosecco at a restaurant with a panoramic view overlooking the city. Venice by night is one of the most magnificent memories one can have in life!
Be sure to check out what else you can do while traveling through Italy by joining one of our small group tours or perhaps while spending a perfect gourmet day in Palermo,
another excellent thing to do as a solo female traveler while in Italy.
Why See Italy?
When you think of traveling to Italy, what comes to mind? The Colosseum, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the canals of Venice, one of the many Unesco World Heritage sites?
While these are all iconic tourist destinations, they only scratch the surface of what this amazing country has to offer. To truly experience Italy like a local, you need to go off the beaten path and explore its lesser-known regions. You don’t want day trips that feel like you’re using public transportation.
That’s where we come in; we know it’s hard to find a travel partner that doesn’t just feel like another retail experience. You want authentic travel experiences!
See Italy is one of Italy’s premium travel luxury brands that specializes in providing an authentic Italian experience. We work with local guides and tour operators who know the country inside out and can show you hidden gems that most tourists never get to see.
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