Solo Female Travel in Italy

Italy, nestled in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea in Southern Europe, is a country known for its iconic contributions to art, history, fashion, food, and music. Home to an incredible 55 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the country is famed for monuments like the Colosseum, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and the Vatican City - the smallest country in the world. Italy is the birthplace of the Renaissance, a period that produced artists and scholars such as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo who left an unparalleled cultural legacy. Internationally renowned for its cuisine, Italy is the land of pizza, pasta, and world-class wine, inviting its visitors to indulge in its rich and diverse gastronomic culture. The breathtaking landscapes of the Amalfi Coast, the romantic waterways of Venice, and the rustic charm of Tuscany offer a compelling blend of sightseeing delights and leisurely pursuits.

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Safety:Very safe

Italy is generally a safe destination for solo female travelers. It offers a rich cultural experience with friendly locals and has a low crime rate against tourists. However, minor precautions should be taken as petty crimes like pickpocketing and bag snatching can occur in crowded areas. Night travel in certain cities may warrant more caution. Women should dress modestly to respect local cultural norms, especially in religious sites. While locals often speak English, knowing some basic Italian language could prove helpful.

Transport:Easy

Navigating through Italy can be quite straightforward. The country is well-connected with an extensive network of trains, buses, and boats, in addition to being a great place for foot or bicycle travel. Bigger cities, like Rome and Milan, also have reliable metro services. However, learning a few Italian phrases could be helpful if you find yourself in more remote areas where English might not be widely spoken. Remember to always do your research ahead of time and be adaptable.

Things to do:Fascinating

Italy is a treasure trove for travelers, offering an array of activities that cater to diverse tastes. From exploring ancient ruins, museums and art galleries to indulging in top-notch culinary experiences and wine tastings, the options are endless. The vast landscapes from the northern Alps to the southern beaches are perfect for outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy trekking, biking, or simply strolling in nature. Urban explorers will also revel in the charm of bustling cities, quaint markets, fashion and shopping scenes. Additionally, the wealth of historical and cultural heritage across the country presents numerous learning experiences. Italy's laid-back lifestyle and warm locals add to the richness of any trip, making it an unmissable destination for all travelers.

Food:Excellent

The culinary experience in Italy is a magnificent symphony of rich flavors and diverse regional cuisines. From the wood-fired pizzas in Naples, to the creamy risottos of Lombardy, and the fresh seafood of Sicilian kitchens, it is a place that guarantees food lovers a true feast for the senses. The freshness of ingredients, combined with traditional techniques, ensure a gastronomic adventure like no other. The street food alone is a myriad of delightful tastes, making it no surprise that many deem Italy a food-obsessed nation. Moreover, dietary requirements are largely catered for, with numerous vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options readily available.

Budget:Moderate

Italy offers a range of options suiting varied budget sizes; however, it is not the cheapest destination in Europe. Costs vary greatly between cities, with places like Venice and Rome being more expensive. But if you plan well, utilize public transport, opt for budget accommodations, and eat at local spots, you can manage with moderate spending. Nevertheless, some costs like museum entries and tours are often high.

Is Italy worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 41 experiences

Rating summary

Things to do

4.8/5

Safety

4.7/5

Food

4.8/5

Budget-friendly

3.4/5

Family travel experience

Best experience of my life! Lived in Italy for 3 years, in Chioggia, near Venice. Parents purchased a business and I got to travel a lot as countries are so close to each other! Met all my family, made life long friends and got to experience the culture first hand!

Posted: April 5, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Naomi

Naomi

Netherlands

Solo travel experience

Lovely country, safe environment and easy to meet new people. Plenty good voices overall. Lots of sightseeing opportunities, I went to Rome, Milan and Amalfi coast. Would love to visit again. I don’t speak Italian but could easily manage with just English.

Posted: March 2, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 3/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Family travel experience

I travelled through Italy with my sister. We felt pretty safe most of the time. We visited Venice, Rome, Florence and Milan. Especially in Rome and Florence there was a lot of vegan food to enjoy. Always look out for student discount and sometimes you have to book museum tickets etc. in advance. Once a month there is usually a day where you can get into a lot of museums for free.

Posted: February 18, 2024Experienced: July, 2021
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 4/5
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Solo travel experience

It was a wonderful experience in all. I was meant to go with a friend but her passport didn’t arrive in time so it turned into a solo trip! I felt mostly safe but I did have to take precautions in Naples and I did experience some catcalling and unwanted attention in Milan, My total trip for 6 days cost roughly £1000, including flights, accommodation food and spending money. Being as I went in June, I spent a lot on staying hydrated and sun cream, so something I would consider if you are of fair skin (I am not, and I struggled even!) and are planning to travel to places like Rome in the summer when temperatures hit 35• when I was travelling. Overall an experience I will treasure for life! I would highly highly recommend. Italy is a beautiful country with kind people ❤️

Posted: February 15, 2024
Things to do: 4/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 4/5
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Pree

Pree

Canada

Group travel experience

Overall our trip to Italy was amazing. We went to Santorini, Amalfi coast, Venice, Florence, Lake Como and Cinque Terre. It was amazing weather in October, and not too crowded. Venice was the only place we found crowded. Food was amazing. It could be a little expensive there, but it is definitely worth it. Highly recommended.

Posted: February 14, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 4/5
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Solo travel experience

I solo traveled to Italy and it was amazing. During 10 days I visited Milan, Venice, Ligurian coast including Genoa and small cities as Albenga and Buonasola. Also I visited Cinque Terre of course and it was so good and beautiful! The food was delicious but a bit pricy in the restaurants. The pizza in Monterosso was really good! Spring is a great time to visit Italy. It is not so crowded and the weather is wonderful. If you are planning your trip in February don’t miss out the carnival in Venice! It is an amazing experience.

Posted: February 9, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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Couple travel experience

We were traveling with my friend's bus and spent a total of about 2 weeks in Italy. We started our time in Italy wonderfully, driving from Vienna through small towns like Belluno, charming little cities like Feltre, and the beautiful mountains near Tarvis. Despite traveling by bus, we spent a night with a lovely older couple in Belluno, enjoyed delicious pasta, drank wine, and listened to stories and tips about the area. A beautiful evening that I won't forget quickly :) Of course, we also spent a day in Venice, where we were near, cheaper than expected (definitely walk through the side streets, you'll almost be alone!) and unforgettable. We rounded off the trip over Lake Garda and Lake Maggiore. Overall, the time in Italy was beautiful. Shopping may not always be cheap, but it's not particularly expensive either. And especially espresso, at one of the many bars, was always delicious and affordable :) In Italy, you can feel 100% safe, even in small towns, while swimming in the lake, or in larger cities. We'll be back soon to explore Tuscany. I'm excited!! ☀️

Posted: February 2, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Comfort

Comfort

Malta

Solo travel experience

Italy 4 cities trip Rome,Florence,Udine and Venice was an amazing experience as a solo traveller but need to watch out for picky pockets especially in Rome. Overall was a great trip lots to see maybe just plan ahead for tickets in museums the lines can be too long to get in

Posted: January 7, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

I made my first solo international trip to Italy. I flew to Rome and spent three nights there. Then I took a train to Florence, where I spent two nights. And then I returned to Rome for another two nights. Italy was very easy to explore, even though I only knew English.

Posted: October 24, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Eylul

Eylul (25)

Italy

Group travel experience

I visited Rome for two times within 10 years. I grew up but that marvelous city didn't get old. İt is a point of destination which wants to be visited more than one time. I love to figure out the historical heritage when I walk in Rome. The days which spent with fullfillness is never forgotten.

Posted: October 8, 2023Experienced: February, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Greta

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Lonato del Garda

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Berenice

Bari

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I love meeting new people and places. I am a friendly Mexican girl 😊

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Upcoming visitors to Italy

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Kevser

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Hey, I’m Kevser an international student currently living in Italy. I recently obtained my bachelor’s and doing a course on IOS development. I’m a little quirky, sarcastic and full of surprises-even for myself-I’d love to show you around in Naples or see it with you as I’m not a local as well. Let’s grab a couple of beers and have a lightweight chat shall we? I’ll travel around Italy looking for friends along the way, piacere.

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Elina

Elina

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A solo mama by choice living in Stockholm, Sweden, who loves to discover the world with my 2 year old son. Upcoming trip to Italy for 3 weeks in May 2024. Any advice on playground is always appreciated! 😅

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