Ahhh, Italy. The land of la dolce vita, where the pasta is a little bit tastier and the views of the Colosseum are dreamier than you ever imagined. We know Italy is a bucket list destination for many people, including our solo travelers. That’s why we asked them to share their advice for where to go, what to eat, and how to spend your free time while traveling to Italy as a solo traveler on a guided tour.
One of the most beautiful aspects of Italy is that it’s a destination for every type of solo explorer, no matter your travel style. Want to hike in the mountains? Head to the Dolomites. Does the foodie in you light up at the thought of treating you vacation like a weeklong feast? You have to take a Food & Wine Tour. Does the Venice, Florence, Rome trio make your travel-loving heart sing? You can hit all three in one trip!
If you know you want to take a solo trip to Italy, but are feeling a little nervous about how to travel solo in Italy, give your shoulders a shimmy and shake off those nerves. When you take a guided tour, you’ll have the safety of a group, the expertise of local guides, and the free time to explore at your leisure. Talk about the best of all the travel worlds!
One of our tips for touring Italy alone when you’re in a group is to look into trips where all of the other people on the trip are also solo travelers. We created our Solo Tours for this exact reason—plus you’ll enjoy the safety and support of the EF Global Network.
You might be going solo on our guided tours, but you’re never alone. You’re surrounded by a group of fellow adventurers and experts, like your Tour Director, who are there to help you at every turn. As you prepare for your trip, here are some packing essentials and insider info that will make your time on tour very fun.
Italy is a charmer. That’s something that rings true whether you’re in the big city or a tiny Tuscan town. When it comes to the best places to travel solo in Italy, the classic cities or main hubs in popular regions like Sicily are the way to go. They still have all the charm, but offer much more variety in terms of free time activities and restaurant options. Plus, cities like Rome and Florence are more accustomed to welcoming American travelers.
While you shouldn’t expect everyone to speak English (you are visiting their home country after all!), the odds of finding a local who speaks some English and can give you directions or help you order food are much higher in these places. And when in doubt, tap into your Tour Director. They’ll be able to translate the local lingo and send you on your way. Here are the best Italian cities to visit as a solo traveler
One of our favorite parts of eating in Italy is how a casual dinner has a way of turning into an hours-long affair complete with cacio e pepe, Chianti, and creamy gelato—or whatever foods make up your dream Italian dinner trifecta! Our community did not disappoint when it came to sharing their dining tips for traveling to Italy as a solo traveler.
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Step into history, shop, eat, repeat. That’s the daily to-do list on any of our Italy tours. So it’s no surprise that our list of what to do in Italy as a solo traveler includes a little something from each of these areas.
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