Solo Travel Destination: Rome, Italy

We are pleased to present a new Solo Travel Destination Post from Nikki, a member of the Solo Travel Society. Nikki is from the United States, and submitted the following report about Rome, Italy. Do you have a solo travel destination that you would like to recommend? Submit your description here, along with a few photos, and share it with fellow travelers!

Solo travel rating: 2 (1 is easiest, 4 is most difficult. Please see chart below)

Languages spoken: Italian, English

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Don’t forget to toss a coin in Trevi Fountain to guarantee your return!

Reasons to go:  The Vatican City is a destination in itself!  I spent four hours there with a lovely tour guide in a small group of just myself and another couple.  Our guide allowed us to skip the long line and with his Master’s in Ancient History, I felt as though I could point at anything and he would explain.  Statues, tapestries, paintings – I walked around with my mouth hanging open in awe for nearly three hours.

The Colosseum is a sight in itself, but walking around the Roman forum allows you to almost picture the scenes that went down.  I didn’t take a tour, but merely walked around picturing the emperors and ministry that stood at that very spot.  It’s hard to turn a corner without falling into another ancient ruin.  Amazing to wander, grab a gelato from a nearby stand and sit for a while and daydream!

Great shopping!  Despite several warnings, most of the shops are open on Sunday except for a siesta period from 13:00 – 14:00.  Luckily, I opted for a late lunch and sat by the lovely Trevi fountain while I waited for the shops to re-open.

Being a lady in Italy…well, it’s a different experience in itself.  “Ciao bella!” can often be heard following you as you wander through the street.  Smile graciously and enjoy the compliments!

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Cappuccino and a mimosa on the terrace. A perfect breakfast!

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Hugging the emperor in the Vatican City gardens.

Solo Travel Destination Rating System

Safety – 2 (1 very safe, 2 safe in most areas, 3 be cautious at all times.)

Language – 2 (1 English is first language, 2 English speakers easy to find, 3 English speakers rare)

Navigation – 1 (1 easy to navigate by transit or car, 2 poor transit, car necessary, 3 not easy to get around)

Culture – 2 (1 Similar to North America or Western Europe, 2 Different from above but relaxed and easy, 3 Challenging)

Average Rating – 2 (1 is easiest, 4 is most difficult)


  • Gemma Rubio

    Penelope Holidays is great and really good located!

  • Jesie

    Where did you stay? I’m planning a solo week in Rome and would love any hotel/B&B suggestions!

  • Zar

    Nice pics Nikki

  • Michelle Rouse Turner

    Thank you for sharing. I am a single woman traveling solo and cannot wait. I love how you multitasked with a cappuccino and mimosa!

  • dust bunny

    Love Rome. Just don’t try to cross a street. The drivers are insane.

  • Hollywoodfarm

    Love Roma! Spent a week there recently by myself and had a wonderful time. Very easy to get around, I walked everywhere. You can find English speakers but try out your Italian, they’ll appreciate it.

  • Casey Camilleri

    Loved this post.  I will be doing some solo traveling this year and Rome is on my list.  My picture will be close to yours.  I will be having a chai and a bellini :)

  • Kristina

    Yes it’s a true that Rome is nice city :)))

  • Lokesh Kumar

    Nikki thanks for posting beautiful photos . I like Trevi Fountain.

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