Thinking about travelling solo around Italy? With well-trodden backpacker destinations and great transport infrastructure, the country is a safe (and beautiful) place for ladies travelling alone.
While travelling by yourself can be a little daunting – especially as a female – solo travel means you can explore some of Italy’s best and most picturesque cities at your own pace, setting the itinerary that you truly want. In addition to this, Italian cities were ideal for solo travel and other like-minded travellers are never too far away here.
Wondering what are the best cities in Italy for female solo travellers? Here are our top picks:
The bright lights of Naples have so much to offer for any solo traveller – and how could you expect any less as a UNESCO World Heritage site with over 2,500 years of history? As the birthplace of pizza, there are so many great local spots to try out we think that there’s probably no other option than to eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner – hey, we don’t make the rules… Aside from the (insanely good) food, you can expect to find edgy street art, peaceful parks to stroll around and coastal castles to explore.
Stay: Ostello Bello Napoli is located halfway between the city centre and the coast, offering the ideal mix of city life and relaxation vibes. It’s also around the corner from the most famous shopping centre in the city, the Via Toledo.
The eternal city of Rome has plenty to fill your solo itinerary. Offering enthralling history, stunning architecture and amazing food all in one place, the Italian capital has just got to be on your bucket list.
Make a wish at the infamous Trevi fountain, take a visit to the Baths of Caracalla and don’t forget to visit Fassi Gelateria – also known as ‘Gelato paradise’, – which has been making Gelato since 1880 – yes, it was around before people could share photos of it to the ‘gram! For great views of the city, we recommend heading to Capital Hill – you really won’t regret it…
Stay: Ostello Bello Roma Colosseo’s central location means it’s easy to experience all of the central sights that the eternal city has to offer. It’s only a short walk to Termini Station too, making it ideal for any day trips outside of the city.
Known as the fashion capital of Italy, Milan is the place to head to shop til you drop (or simply window shop!). There are a tonne of things to see and do no matter your interests or budget including paying a visit to the Duomo Milan, exploring the narrow cobbled streets of the Brera Art district or taking a fashion history tour through sensational palazzi. There are also plenty of great free walking tours you can join which is an ideal way to get to know the city – ask the Ostello Bello reception team for their recommendations on which one to opt for.
Tip: The city is pretty big so be sure to make the most of the metro to get around.
Stay: Ostello Bello Duomo is in Milan’s city centre and is the perfect place to explore Italy’s fashion capital. Alternatively, Ostello Bello Centrale is located near Milan’s Centrale Station, making it easy to travel around the suburbs on outskirts of the city centre.
While it may be considered one of the most romantic places in Europe, why not pay a visit to Florence as an act of #selflove? It’s one of the most beautiful cities in the country and a popular solo destination in Italy with everything you need for a great trip. It’s a super easy place to explore on foot so take a wander and get lost exploring the quirky neighbourhoods and hidden corners of the city. A few things to add to your ‘must-see’ list include the Florence Cathedral (obviously!), the Da Vinci Museum and the Piazzale Michelangelo for insane views of the city.
Stay: Ostello Bello Firenze is just a ten-minute walk from the centre of Florence and is located just a few minutes’ walk from Florence’s main train station, Firenze Santa Maria Novella.
If you’re wanting to take a break from the larger cities, Genoa is a perfect place to visit solo. It’s easy to walk around and explore the city, is rich in history and has TONNES of delicious food options. From people watching at Piazza de Ferrari to taking yourself on a self-guided tour of the city’s street art to catching the sunset down at the harbour, you really won’t be bored here. We’d also recommend hopping on a train and taking a day trip to Cinque Terre as well as other nearby towns – seriously unforgettable.
Stay: Ostello Bello Genova is decked out in a nautical theme, a nod to the city’s strong maritime links. It is a stone’s throw from Genova’s main train station, Piazza Principe, making it easy to get in and around the region.
6- Lake Como
Because when is paying a visit to the Italian Lakes ever a bad idea? Lake Como – otherwise known as the jewel in the crown of Italy’s northern region – is simply a must-visit during your time solo travelling around Italy. With stunning mountain views and picture-perfect lakeside scenery, the destination has a timeless appeal and is the perfect place to chill out, relax and unwind. For the explorers, it’s an ideal spot to go hiking (hello those ‘gram worthy shots!) and we’d definitely recommend paying a visit to Como’s town centre to soak up its history.
Tip: Bag a spot at one of the lakeside bars to soak in the rays, sip on a cocktail and pretend you’re a movie star for an hour or two…
Stay: Ostello Bello Como is just a 10-minute walk from the main centre of Como and an easy stroll to the waters of Lake Como.
Surrounded by the Umbrian Hills, Perugia has one of the oldest city centres in Italy and is well known for its gothic main square and rich local delicacies. Twist and turn through the Rocca Paolina fortress in the city centre or take an Italian cooking class with the locals, learning to make pasta and local delicacies exactly how they do in the Umbrian region.
While it might not be as well-known as other cities like Florence and Rome, it’s large student population means a lively atmosphere is always within arm’s reach, especially over an aperitivo in the bustling main piazza each evening. Aperol Spritz anyone?
Stay: Ostello Bello Assisi-Bevagna offers peace and tranquillity at the heart of the Umbrian Hills, on the outskirts of the city. It is an easy train or bus ride away and just over an hour into the heart of the city.
We cater for solo female travellers at all of our locations – our female-only shared dormitories are a safe space to stay and we have a variety of weekly activities onsite which are an ideal way to meet other travellers and make new friends along the way.
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