Best Solo Travel Destinations in Italy (+ Why You Should Go Alone There)

La Bella Italia is the land of artists and sculptors, poets and dreamers.

Italy was one of the first countries I visited as a solo traveller 30 years ago, and I have returned more times than I can count.

In this article, I’ll make the case for Italy as one of the best destinations for those travelling alone, even if you are taking your first solo vacation. And with the help of some fellow travel writers, I’ll recommend the best solo travel destinations in Italy.

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Why Italy is a Great Travel Destination

Let’s start with the outrageous romance of the country. From the serenading Venetian gondoliers to the hilltop Tuscan towns, Italy has a dreamlike quality that fires the imagination.

Italy’s landscape is equally majestic. The lines of cypress trees hugging the Tuscan hills, the rugged cliffs of the Amalfi Coast, the lakes of Lombardy; there’s something for every traveller.

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Tuscany, Italy

Italy’s historical heritage is second to none, from the Etruscans to Ancient Rome to the Renaissance and beyond. I challenge you not to be blown away by a visit to Ostia Antica or Pompeii.

And talking of the Italian Renaissance, in my view, Italy’s artistic legacy is the best in the world. Cities such as Urbino, Sienna and Florence display their Renaissance paintings like the jewels they are. And there are worse ways of spending an afternoon in Rome than hunting down Caravaggios in dimly lit Baroque churches.

To use a well-worn cliché, Italian food is to die for. Each region is proud of its own specialities and even in the humblest establishment you are pretty much guaranteed a first-rate meal.

For coffee snobs, amongst which I include myself, Italy’s bars serve the best coffee on the planet.

And don’t get me started on the gelato. In my book, this is one of the very best Italian things.

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Why Italy is a Great Destination for Solo Travellers

But why is Italy a good solo travel destination in Europe, particularly for female solo travellers?

Here are five reasons why I think that Italy is a great choice for those who are travelling alone in Europe, including first-time solo travellers. And I’m not alone; the results of solo travel studies tell us that Italy is one of the top countries for those travelling alone for the first time.

1. Italy has an established tourism infrastructure

Italy has been a major travel destination for centuries, reaching a peak with the Grand Tour of the 17th and 18th Centuries. Consequently, when it comes to tourist infrastructure, it has had many years to get its house in order.

There are a plethora of accommodation choices, from luxury hotels to Airbnbs to hostels in historic buildings. Befitting a country with a proud culinary tradition, there are restaurants in all locations to suit all budgets.

With an extensive railway and bus network, it is easy to travel around Italy

English is widely spoken in Italy, especially in tourism hotspots and by younger people.

2. Travelling around Italy is easy

Most of the major destinations are accessible by train, including high-speed services. Trenitalia and Italo will be your best friends.

If you cannot reach a destination by train, there will usually be a bus that will get you there.

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3. There is a well-beaten tourist path

Both Italy’s infrastructure and travel connections serve a well-worn tourist trail. The locals will be used to accommodating a solo traveller’s needs, and these routes are more forgiving to those who do not speak Italian.

And unless you want to be in a gang of one, you won’t have to fret about being the only foreigner in a town.

If it is your first solo travel trip to Italy, sticking to the tourist trail is not a bad idea. Once you gain confidence, you can venture off-piste.

Alternatively, group tours cover the major destinations and may be an option.

There are lots of group travel companies out there but two companies that I have used and can recommend are Exodus Travels and Explore Worldwide!

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4. Italy is not an unsafe destination

Safety is an important consideration for solo travellers.

I wouldn’t go as far as to say that Italy is a super safe destination. But having said that, Italian cities are likely to be no more dangerous than those in Europe or North America.

5. Italy will feel like a familiar destination

Let’s face it; without realising it, it is likely that you have become immersed in the nation’s food and culture, from its iconic paintings and sculptures to Italian cinema.

With the worldwide penetration of Italian restaurants and cuisine, ordering pizza or pasta should come as second nature. Just don’t drink a cappuccino after 11 am or order wine with pizza.

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Best Solo Travel Destinations in Italy

To inspire you to book your trip, here are some of the best solo travel destinations in Italy.


By Bridget of The Flashpacker


Food glorious food. This is Bologna’s calling card

Elegant Bologna, in the heart of Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region, lends its name to ragù alla Bolognese, the dish that spawned many imitations across the globe, including the ubiquitous spaghetti Bolognese.

Bologna’s culinary delights don’t end here. Many of Italy’s most iconic foods hail from this region: cured meats such as prosciutto and mortadella, fresh stuffed tortellini, world-class parmesan (DOP Parmigiano Reggiano), balsamic vinegar (DOP Balsamic di Modena), and local wines, including Lambrusco, Pignoletto and Barera.

But Bologna is not just about tantalising your taste buds. The city is also home to Europe’s oldest university and has one of the best-preserved medieval centres, famous for its 38 kilometres of UNESCO-listed porticoes.

Bologna is a perfect centre for wandering around as a solo traveller. As most of its basilicas and piazzas are in the historic centre, it is easy to get around on foot.

Start at Piazza Maggiore, Bologna’s main square and, after visiting the Basilica di San Petronio, climb up Asinelli Tower for panoramic views over the city. Discover works by Michelangelo in San Domenico Basilica and go window shopping in the Quadrilatero, Bologna’s main shopping district.

Visit Bologna as a solo traveller to cultivate your relationship with food but stay to enjoy the city’s rich history.

Cinque Terre

By Monique of TripAnthropologist

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Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Italy

Solo travellers to Italy are in for a treat at the Cinque Terre. It’s like having a holiday in five places at once.

What makes the Cinque Terre one of the best places to travel alone in Italy is the many free and diverse experiences possible in one small area. Other than sunning yourself, the most popular thing to do is also the best way to get around the Cinque Terre, hiking or walking between the villages.

Beautiful walking and hiking trails link the villages from the hills above the villages, winding past old fortresses and among vineyards looking out on the Ligurian Sea. The 12 km (7.5 miles) Blue Path connects all the Cinque Terre villages.

Cinque Terre is a sensuous place.

You can stroll, eat, swim and just gaze out to sea at the beauty of one of Italy’s most scenic locations. Walking in the early evening (la passeggiata), eating gelato and meeting other travellers is mainly what you’ll be doing here. Unless it’s midnight, as a solo traveller, you will always feel safe, and on the hiking trails, you’ll meet someone every few minutes.

The fourth village, Vernazza, is a UNESCO masterpiece, one of the most colourful villages and a mecca for photographers.

On the water in the tiny port is the 14th Century Santa Margherita d’Antiochia church with its famous octagonal tower. Next to it is a small port, main piazza and market. Winding laneways connect small plazas in this pedestrian-only village, making it compact, affordable and free from large chain hotels.


By Anda of Travel for a While

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David by Michelangelo

Florence is an excellent choice for your first solo trip to Italy.

The city is touristy enough that you’ll never feel alone or bothered by anyone. Whether you want to spend a few days on your own, or if you like to meet people on your travels, Florence is the perfect setting.

The city is the ultimate destination for art, architecture and history lovers. 

Of all the places you should visit while in Florence, don’t miss Palazzo Vecchio where the powerful Medici Family used to reside. If you love art, Ufizzi Gallery and Palazzo Pitti should be on your list. To see sculptures in Florence, visit the Galleria dell’Accademia, Orsanmichele Chruch and the Bargello Museum.

But Florence is a work of art outside the galleries too. Take your time to walk the streets and admire its beautiful piazzas, the Duomo and Giotto’s Campanile.

Don’t forget to explore the colourful street markets, and maybe buy a leather bag or some uncommonly soft gloves.

If you want more social activities, take advantage of the best this region has to offer and try a cooking class or a wine tasting. Tuscany is famous for both good food and great wine.

Florence is also a perfect base to take some day trips. See the leaning tower in Pisa, taste the amazing food in Bologna or explore rural Tuscany.

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By Stephanie of History Fangirl

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Milan Cathedral

One of the best places to travel solo in Italy is Milan.

The sophisticated capital of Lombardy has a lot to offer, but with its focus on shopping and fashion, it’s a great place for those travelling alone since you can spend your time exploring Milan’s boutiques instead of its bars.

If you do want to make friends while travelling solo here, there are lots of tours to join that will also help you do just that. There are great tours of Milan at night when you can explore the city as well as meet people to enjoy hanging out with.

Important Milanese highlights not to miss include a trip to the Duomo, Milan’s impressive cathedral, Da Vinci’s painting The Last Supper, which is displayed in the Santa Maria Delle Grazie Church, and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Italy’s oldest shopping mall. Other great things to do in Milan include exploring the Navigli Canal area and taking a trip to Sforzesco Castle.


By Bridget of The Flashpacker

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Don’t let Naples’ bad press – filthy, crime-ridden, garbage-strewn – put you off travelling there alone. It may verge on the chaotic, but this is one of the most fascinating and historic cities in Italy.

From Naples Cathedral to the lavishly decorated San Domenico Maggiore Church, this vibrant city has more churches than you can shake a stick at (more than 450 to be precise).

It is home to one of the great museums of the world, the National Archaeological Museum of Naples (MANN). This massive museum houses an extensive collection of Greek and Roman antiquities, as well as artefacts from Ancient Egypt.

There are underground tunnels and catacombs to explore. Naples also has a UNESCO-listed historic centre, which is a warren of old churches, small shops, cafes and bars.

This is also the birthplace of pizza and one of the things that you must do in Naples is to snack on a slice of this world-famous Italian food. Better still, join a street food tour with a local guide (more details here)

Naples is also the ideal base from which to explore the Amalfi Coast. Replenish your supplies of limoncello in Sorrento, explore the Blue Grotto on the idyllic island of Capri or explore the Roman sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum.


By Bridget of The Flashpacker

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Enchanting Orvieto is so much more than a handy stop on the journey between Florence and Rome. With its small-town feel, relaxed and friendly vibe, affordable accommodation and excellent food and wine, it’s the perfect spot for a solo traveller to chill out for a few days.

Orvieto has a clutch of excellent attractions, not least of which is its show-stopping cathedral, one of Italy’s finest. Duomo di Orvieto is stunning inside and out and is home to a magnificent fresco cycle by Luca Signorelli.

Get to know this hilltop town’s rich history, which stretches all the way back to the Etruscans, through its excellent museums and atmospheric necropolis.

Orvieto is also an excellent base for day trips to other towns, including Arezzo and the unforgettable Civita di Bagnoregio.


By Bridget of The Flashpacker

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The Judas Kiss

Even if you have merely a passing interest in art, you should not miss visiting Padua. This is where you’ll find the Scrovegni Chapel (Cappella degli Scrovegni), home to one of the most celebrated fresco cycles in the history of art.

Paintings depicting the lives of Christ, Mary and Mary’s parents wallpaper the walls of this small 14th Century chapel. Sculpted with light and colour, they offer a sneak preview of the Renaissance one hundred years before it really took off.

This Veneto city was also home to Friar Anthony of Padua, who became one of Christendom’s most popular saints, known as a miracle worker and finder of lost things. Religious pilgrims visit Padua to touch his tomb and gawp at his lower jaw and tongue.

If you are a history buff, you can walk in the footsteps of Dante and Galileo in its ancient university.

Otherwise, linger over an Aperol Spritz in a shaded portico lining its cobblestoned squares or take time out in the botanical garden. And with its excellent connections, Padua is easy to reach from Venice, Verona and Vicenza.


By Katy of Untold Italy

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Rome’s Trevi Fountain

All roads lead to Rome and that’s true for solo travellers to Italy’s capital

It is full of ancient, Renaissance and modern treasures to explore. From the Colosseum to the Vatican and Pantheon and Trevi Fountain, you can easily spend days exploring this city at your own pace.

Enjoy a stroll along the Tiber River and explore the cobbled streets of the Trastevere neighbourhood. Then head to Villa Borghese and enjoy the shaded beauty of this elegant park.

Stay in the historic centre, the perfect base to explore Rome’s most famous landmarks on foot. This area of Rome is charming and safe and there’s nothing quite like sipping your daily cappuccino just steps from the iconic Spanish Steps or Piazza Navona.

If you’re craving company, join a food tour and taste your way around the city. You’ll stop at several different eateries and try Rome’s best pizza, pasta and gelato, with a few glasses of wine of course.

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By Bridget of The Flashpacker

Giudecca Canal, Venice, Italy

Don’t let Venice’s well-earned reputation as a romantic city put you off. La Serenissima is also one of the best solo travel destinations in Italy.

This floating city, comprising 118 islands separated by 177 canals, defies superlatives and needs little introduction. Its main attractions, namely the Rialto Bridge, Grand Canal and St. Mark’s Square, form the city’s tourist epicentre.

But much of the joy of visiting Venice is wandering without purpose in its backstreets and finding corners of the city away from the sometimes overwhelming tourist droves. Wear your most comfortable shoes and be prepared to get lost in a good way

Mooching around art galleries and museums is the perfect pastime for a solo traveller and Venice has these in spades. These range from the grandeur and scale of the Doge’s Palace to the more intimate Museo della Fondazione Querini Stampalia.

If time permits, take a vaporetto to Murano, home to the art of glass blowing, and Burano with its lacemaking, fishing culture and candy-coloured buildings.

Or explore more of the Veneto region and beyond by taking a day trip to Verona, Padua, Lake Garda or Vicenza. All of these places can be reached by train.


By Bridget of The Flashpacker

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When you grow weary of Venice’s packed piazzas and tourist tat, make your way to my favourite city in the Veneto.

As the setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Verona has become a symbol of love across the globe. But visiting Verona’s Romeo & Juliet sites is doing this medieval city a grave disservice.

It has a wealth of Roman ruins, including its immense amphitheatre. Arena di Verona is the majestic setting for the city’s renowned annual opera festival.

Verona’s beating heart is its historic centre with its courtyards filled with fragrant flowers, Renaissance balconies and buildings painted with faded frescoes. Stop for an Aperol Spritz in Piazza del Erbe and you may never want to leave.

This is a highly walkable city and you can explore the best of Verona in a day but I urge you to linger for longer. Thanks to its excellent rail connections, it is an excellent base for day trips further afield, including Lake Garda, Padua and Vicenza.


By Bridget of The Flashpacker

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Vicenza is also in the Veneto region, roughly halfway between Padua and Verona and within easy striking distance of Venice. It’s an excellent stop on a Northern Italy itinerary and is less touristy and more authentically Italian than its better-known neighbours.

This UNESCO-listed city is one of Italy’s most distinctive. It is widely known as the city of Palladio, the Renaissance architect who developed the style that spread throughout the world, from the White House in Washington DC to country homes in England.

Although Palladio’s buildings are amongst the best things to see in Vicenza, they are not the only show in town. The city also has an attractive historic centre, a wonderful park, lovely churches and elegant squares to have an Aperol Spritz or two.

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About Bridget

Bridget Coleman has been a passionate traveller for more than 30 years. She has visited 70+ countries, most as a solo traveller.

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