Category Archives: Italy

Photo of the Week: Brunelleschi’s Dome, Florence

Brunelleschi’s dome, and the cathedral it covers, is one of Florence’s most recognized landmarks. It dominates the skyline, still the tallest building in Florence over 600 years after it was built. At 45 metres wide, Filippo Brunelleschi’s dome is the largest masonry dome ever built. It’s construction is unique in that it was built without…

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Photo of the Week: Milan Cathedral Rooftop

What stands out the most from my 2006 visit to Milan, was the Duomo. For me, the inside was just a typical European cathedral, but the exterior really caught my eye. Even from a distance, the Duomo di Milano stands out from its surroundings, easily recognizable as a symbol of the city. I couldn’t wait…

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  • Suki F - Gorgeous! But I wouldn’t want to be one of the guys who had to build that.September 1, 2014 – 5:55 pmReplyCancel

Photo of the Week: Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius

The origins of Pompeii may be unfamiliar to most, but the city’s catastrophic demise is a story known around the world. Pompeii was founded by the Campanian Oscans in the sixth or seventh century BC. The city was built on prehistoric lava from the precariously close Mount Vesuvius. In 80 BC, Pompeii was captured by…

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Photo of the Week: Leaning Tower of Pisa

Standing on the sprawling lawn of the Campo dei Miracoli, is a collection of some of Europe’s best Romanesque architecture, and one of the world’s greatest architectural blunders- the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Built on top of weak, unstable subsoil, with only a shallow three-metre foundation, the design of the cathedral’s free standing bell tower…

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  • Uptourist - I’ve been seeing so many photos of these that has people holding it or leaning on it. But nothing beats a good old picture of it.March 25, 2015 – 11:34 pmReplyCancel

Palatine Hill- The Mythical Founding Place of Rome

One of my favourite days in Rome was the day I visited Palatine Hill. As I walked around this beautiful hill, past gardens and remnants of opulent palaces, I imagined how luxurious it must have been when it was ancient Rome’s most exclusive neighbourhood. As Rome’s most central hill, the Palatine sits between Circo Massimo…

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  • Franca - This post makes me a little bit homesick. Even though I’m not from that part of Italy, I love Rome and I go every time I have the opportunity, it’s so full of history every corner you turn, love it! :)March 17, 2014 – 7:34 amReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - This is my favorite part of Rome. No matter how many times I’ve been, the Forum and Palatine Hill is where I head first. It’s just SO Roma!April 24, 2014 – 6:10 amReplyCancel

Photo of the Week: Sistine Chapel, Vatican City

The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel is probably the most incredible painting I have ever seen. Michelangelo’s masterpiece, painted from 1508-1512, illustrates nine episodes from the book of Genesis, the highlight of which is the Creation of Adam. I was intrigued by the illusionary architectural elements of the painting, the fictive moldings appearing as if…

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Ostia Antica- Harbour City of Ancient Rome

One of my favourite archaeological sites in Italy is the Roman port town of Ostia Antica. You may not have even heard of it because it’s often overlooked by visitors to Rome, as evidenced by the lack of crowds. I know Rome has so much to see, but Ostia is only 45 minutes out of…

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  • Darren McLellan - Great post. My wife and I spent an afternoon in Ostia Antica in 2004. It was quiet and almost empty. To be able to walk among the ruins without guides and crowds was wonderful.
    Somewhere I have a picture of myself standing in the pedimented portico.December 13, 2013 – 10:19 amReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - Great photos! I love places like this that are off the tourist radar. We’ll have to check out Ostia Antica next time we head down that way.January 7, 2014 – 4:20 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - You definitely should! It’s a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of Rome for the day.January 8, 2014 – 12:07 pmReplyCancel

  • Ashley Babin - I used to be a guide at Ostia and I always loved spending my mornings here! The archeology and diversity of the site is so wonderful and the lack of crowds make it just that much more enjoyable!January 23, 2016 – 2:52 amReplyCancel

  • SEB - Best archeological site in Rome!!April 30, 2018 – 10:01 amReplyCancel

Photo of the Week: Ponte Vecchio, Florence

The Ponte Vecchio, or “old bridge”, is a highlight of any visit to Florence. The medieval bridge spans the Arno River at its narrowest point but is so much more than just a river crossing. The bridge has always been a place where merchants could display and sell their goods. Butchers first occupied the shops…

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Porto Venere and Cinque Terre, Italy

On the Ligurian coast of Italy, you’ll find five colourful seaside villages, nestled along a jagged coastline and surrounded by terraced vineyards. Known as Cinque Terre, or “five lands”, the villages of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore make up one of the most scenic regions of Italy. Cinque Terre and Porto Venere,…

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  • Lauren @ Peaks and Passports - I love Cinque Terre! I visited for a weekend while studying abroad during college, and to this day it’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. I hiked the trail between the villages and would definitely recommend it if you get to make a return trip!October 2, 2013 – 4:56 pmReplyCancel

  • Cathrine Legge - Loved the photos of cinque Terre will be there for eight days in May 2015, staying in La Spezia and sight seeing daily, this is after 2 week coach tour and before a 12 day cruiseDecember 28, 2014 – 11:31 amReplyCancel

Trevi Fountain- Everything You’ve Wanted to Know

A dramatic Baroque masterpiece, Rome’s Trevi fountain is considered to be the most famous fountain in the world. Each year, 7-10 million tourists make their way to Rome. One look at the crowds surrounding the fountain day and night, and it’s fair to assume most travellers to Rome make a visit to the iconic Trevi…

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  • Jennifer - So far the coin toss has been successful in my return to Rome three times!August 25, 2013 – 3:18 pmReplyCancel

  • Richard Callaby - Hey I just wanted to make people aware to avoid those “gladiators” you may see milling around these tourist areas. I know several who had their camera ripped out of their hands by them and then those dressed up “gladiators” demanding money to get the camera back. The police basically do nothing to help, although recently some news of a crackdown of this activity has been reported. Just be aware that these people are very shady and are not to be trusted.February 26, 2015 – 9:12 amReplyCancel

  • Richard Callaby - Correction: I meant to say “Roman Soldiers” and not gladiators. Basically just avoid people in period clothing and you should be fine. They are not endorsed or supported by the tourism board to my knowledge.February 26, 2015 – 9:16 amReplyCancel

  • Dmitri - Trevi fountain is clean and safe now, tons of police around and no fake gladiators! Beautiful during the day Spectacular by night.February 22, 2017 – 2:30 pmReplyCancel

  • Shannon - Great article, best description I’ve found of the fountain, thanks.April 19, 2017 – 4:49 pmReplyCancel

Rome in Black and White- Photo Series

Rome is one of the most incredible cities I have ever visited. Everywhere you go, remnants of the city’s great history surround you. There is an incredible amount to see, do and learn about in Rome. I spent a week here and still didn’t see all I wanted to see. I loved taking photographs of…

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  • Ellen Christian - Gorgeous photography!August 7, 2013 – 4:03 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thanks so much Ellen. Photography is my passion :)August 7, 2013 – 9:49 pmReplyCancel

  • Marina K. Villatoro - You never disappoint with the photos, and these blow them away!

    My brother does a lot of black and whites, I think doing photos like this is a talent in itself.August 8, 2013 – 9:25 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thanks so much for the kind words, Marina :)August 8, 2013 – 11:17 amReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - Nice! You usually don’t see Rome in black and white, so this is a nice spin on such a photographed city.August 8, 2013 – 3:58 pmReplyCancel

  • The GypsyNesters - Wow, great pictures of Rome! We were there just last week, but our photos didn’t come out quite like these. ;)August 12, 2013 – 6:44 amReplyCancel

  • Miranda - Beautiful photos. I like that you choose to do them in black and white. They’ve defiantly make me want to visit Rome.August 12, 2013 – 12:57 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thank you! I love how photographs can inspire people to visit new places.August 12, 2013 – 6:04 pmReplyCancel

  • Jeff Titelius - Absolutely exquisite my friends! I can’t get over how beautiful these photographs are. Keep these posts coming!! May 11, 2014 – 10:38 pmReplyCancel

  • Loukas - Those photos are great insipation for me as i am planning my trip to Rome in few weeks from now. Thank you for sharing them with us!!January 2, 2015 – 3:43 pmReplyCancel

Photo of the Week: The Pantheon, Rome

The Pantheon was first built in 27 BC by Marcus Agrippa (whose father-in-law was Augustus). The temple was rebuilt around AD 120 by Emperor Hadrian but Agrippa’s name was left inscribed over the entrance. The Pantheon is famous for it’s extraordinary dome, the largest masonry vault ever built. It’s considered the most important achievement of…

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Capri- Boat Tour and The Famous Blue Grotto

Capri’s craggy coast, turquoise waters, abundant sea caves and beautiful views of the Gulf of Naples make it a popular spot for day-trippers coming from Sorrento and Naples. In the summer time, the island welcomes up to 5,000 visitors a day. This popularity means that Capri is heavily geared for tourism- shops overflowing with tacky…

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  • Andrew Emmons - Hi Rhonda! My wife and I are going to be in Rome in a couple weeks and I was thinking about taking a day trip to Capri. This boat tour sounds really neat, and like something we would like to do. What is the name of the tour operator that operates this tour? Where are they located at? Thanks!June 27, 2014 – 5:15 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - When I went to Capri, it was part of a coach tour I was on. The boat trip was arranged by that company, so I can’t help you with the name. That was before I started a blog, so I didn’t think to keep track of stuff like that! As far as I remember, there were a lot of boats right there at the dock. I’m not sure if you could hire one right on the spot, or would need to book in advance. Make sure you hire a company that takes you into the Blue Grotto, because that was my favourite part! Sorry I can’t be of more help. It was a great boat trip though and I’m sure you would enjoy it!June 28, 2014 – 10:12 amReplyCancel

  • Andrew - Thanks for the reply! I’m sure we’ll be able to find one.June 28, 2014 – 10:28 amReplyCancel

The Roman Forum- History, Sights and Tips for Visiting

Nestled in a valley between Palatine and Capitoline Hills, the Roman Forum still impresses, just as it must have centuries ago when it was the centre of Roman public life. The Forum is one of my favourite places in Rome. I was engrossed in its rich history and fascinated by the remaining structures. About the…

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  • Ron - Thank you, Rhonda !January 4, 2017 – 7:37 amReplyCancel

When in Venice…Ride a Gondola!

A gondola ride is quintessential Venice and a must-do for any visit to this city of canals.  Some might turn their nose up and call it “touristy”, but I didn’t feel like I had truly experienced Venice until I was floating down the Grand Canal in a gondola.  It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that almost…

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  • Kadri - Great post, can’t wait to visit Italy and Venice by myself in spring. :)February 23, 2014 – 1:02 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Lucky you! You’ll love it! I have very fond memories from my solo trip to Italy.February 23, 2014 – 4:07 pmReplyCancel

  • Yuriy - It is a pity that you could not feel completely Venice. It is better to stay in a hotel in Venice. In the evening, take a walk in the evening in Venice when there is no large crowds of tourists. You will then see and feel the real Venice.July 14, 2015 – 5:27 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Yes, I wish I wasn’t on a tour so that I could have spent more time in Venice. I’m thinking about going back to Venice next year and I will definitely stay a few nights so that I can have the complete Venetian experience!July 17, 2015 – 8:58 amReplyCancel

  • Ron - Thank you !March 17, 2017 – 3:23 amReplyCancel

Getting Off the Beaten Path in Rome

One of the biggest challenges of travelling can be dealing with the crowds of tourists.  It can be pretty unavoidable- everyone wants to see the most famous sites. I am no different. I’ve travelled thousands of miles to Italy, of course I am going to go see the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain and the Vatican. These…

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  • Just Go Places - Fab! I always wanted to check out the Appian Way after hearing about Spartacus and his failed rebellion at school. January 27, 2014 – 9:57 amReplyCancel

  • Urska - Great choice of attractions! If you like roman ruins and not to many tourits I would also suggest the Basilica of San Clemente. It’s a curch from 11th centruy but underneath are roman ruins of a sanctuary of Mithras. It’s really amazing and quite in the centre of Rome, but still hidden from the masses.March 22, 2014 – 9:48 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thanks for the great suggestion. I will have to try and visit if I am ever in Rome again!March 22, 2014 – 9:55 amReplyCancel

  • Jeff Titelius - What a fascinating post! While I have heard of some of the places, there were a few that were new to me too! The Caracalla Baths look amazing!! Can’t believe so much remains in tact after all of this time.

    Reading the comment above, I couldn’t agree with Urska more about a visit to San Clemente for the first-century pagan temple and the Altar of Mithras. But there’s more. The Scala Santa or Holy Stairs are equally as fascinating!

    Thanks for all of the great tips! Now I have even more to see on my next trip to Rome!May 9, 2014 – 5:35 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thanks, Jeff! Caracalla Baths and Ostia Antica are my favourite sites on this list. Even though I spent an entire week in Rome, there is still so much to discover!May 9, 2014 – 5:50 pmReplyCancel

The Colosseum- Iconic Symbol of Rome

The Colosseum has been regarded as an iconic symbol of Rome since the Middle Ages.  The significance of the Colosseum was reflected in Bede’s writing when he wrote in 7th century AD, “As long as the Colosseum stands, Rome shall stand; when the Colosseum falls, Rome shall fall; and when Rome falls, the world will end.”…

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Alone in Rome- Lessons Learned From My First Solo Trip

Everyone tried to talk me out of it. “Won’t you be scared? Lonely? What if you get robbed? What if you get lost?” What if, what if, what if…. Well, everyone was right. I was scared. I did get lonely. I didn’t get robbed, but that’s only because I didn’t have any money in my…

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  • Jihan Estrella - I will be doing my first solo trip next month. London-Paris-Rome. Your blog is very helpful to me. Im ecstatic and at the same time nervous.September 10, 2013 – 3:59 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Good for you for travelling solo! It’s a great adventure & I am glad you find my blog helpful. All three cities you’ve chosen are very easy for solo travellers to visit. Have fun!September 19, 2013 – 12:08 amReplyCancel

  • Mara - I am traveling solo in March 2014. I will be going to Spain to for a week of riding Andalusian horses and then I am planning on going to Rome for a week. I am very nervous about being in Rome all alone, although your own experience does sooth my concerns a little. I am wondering how to get from the airport to my hotel. Taking a train or bus seems unsettling as I will have my suitcase with me. I am tempted to take a taxi, but I hear it can be expensive. Any advice or suggestions is greatly appreciated.October 20, 2013 – 1:40 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - From the airport, I took the Leonardo Express train to Termini Station, which is cheaper than a cab (probably faster too) and takes you pretty much to the main part of the city. From Termini, I just walked because my hostel was close by. You can also take the metro as both lines intersect at Termini Station. We just got back from Europe and took the metro to our hotel as much as we could to save money on cabs. It was a bit challenging sometimes having to go up and down stairs with all our luggage though.

      There is a taxi stand at Termini Station. Official taxis are white or yellow and have the letters SPQR on them. As always, ask for an approximate price before you get in the cab and make sure they have the meter on. Another thing I do before hand is study my map and follow along on my phone (CityMaps2Go is an app you might find useful) to make sure the driver is taking me a direct route. If you feel cheated, make sure you get a receipt and write down the company and drivers’ licence number (I believe it’s written on one of the doors).

      I only took the cab once in Rome and never had any problems at all! Hope this helps! Rome is an amazing city and you will have a great time :)October 20, 2013 – 10:06 amReplyCancel

  • Mara - I hope you don’t mind that I continue to ask you questions. How easy was it for you to converse with the locals? While I will work on mastering a few phrases before my trip, I really do not speak Italian.

    I do not want to stand out as a tourist, so I am concerned about walking with my luggage down the street trying to reach my hotel. I guess that is why I am thinking about taking a cab to avoid drawing any attention to myself. Obviously I have no concept of how things will be while I am in Rome.

    As always, I appreciate you sharing your experience and any advise you have to offer.October 20, 2013 – 11:40 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - No worries! Ask away!

      I don’t speak Italian either, just studied a few phrases in my guidebook on the flight over. I made an effort to use Italian for words like hello, goodbye, please and thank you and had to ask “where is…?” a few times. I didn’t have any trouble as most people were able/willing to speak some English once they saw me struggling.

      If you are worried about standing out as a tourist, or unsure of where to go to find your hotel, then a cab is probably money well spent, even if it is a little expensive. You want to make sure you feel comfortable. Our most recent trip we get lost trying to find our hotel and walked around for quite a while with our luggage, and I’m sure everyone who saw us knew we were lost.

      When I need to check a map, I usually walk into a shop to check it to avoid drawing attention to myself. That’s another reason why I liked that app I mentioned earlier- it just looks like you are checking your phone not reading a map. But when in doubt, ALWAYS look confident (even if you have to fake it!)

      I was worried too when I went to Rome by myself and honestly couldn’t believe I did something like that. It was pretty adventurous for me at the time. But things turned out great and even though some things didn’t go smoothly, it still is my most cherished experience. You’ll do great! I’d love to hear about your trip when you return :)October 20, 2013 – 5:14 pmReplyCancel

  • Mara - Thank you so much for sharing your experience with me and all your encouragement. I really appreciate you in ways you simply can’t imagine. :) I will definitely share my experience(s) with you when I return.October 20, 2013 – 10:07 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - You are so very much welcome! And thank you very much for your kind comment. I am thrilled that my blog has been able to help others with their travels…it’s what I set out to do when I started it. Have a fantastic time on your trip and I look forward to hearing all about it!October 21, 2013 – 9:23 amReplyCancel

  • Diana Xie - I stumbled across your post and absolutely love it!! I’m also from Edmonton and I am going to Rome by myself next Tuesday! It was great reading a fellow Edmontonian travel to Italy alone blog, it gives me courage! May 8, 2014 – 8:37 pmReplyCancel

  • Jack Odom - I am going to Italy alone for 15 days in June. I have 3 nights booked when I arrive in Florence, 2 booked in Rome before I depart. 9 or 10 days to float with around with no certainty of shelter, or location. Reading about your experiences and general mental approach to traveling alone was very confirming of what I already believe: that this will be an incredible journey, enriched by being alone. I am excited, nervous, and feel fortunate to taste such youthful freedom again. My last trip to Europe was with a friend, but my favorite memories there were mostly made alone. It’s just you inside your head, absorbing every nuance without any distractions. I have a great feeling that everything will be just fine, if not amazing. Thanks for sharing your story, it was comforting. ~ JackMay 10, 2014 – 3:55 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - That’s really great, Jack! A lot of people are hesitant to travel alone, for various reasons, but I truly believe that solo travel experiences are the most rewarding ones. It’s normal to feel nervous, but you are right, it will be an incredible experience, even if there are a few bumps in the road. Although I am married now, I still crave solo travel. I’ve actually been contemplating going back to Italy and spending a few weeks there, just me and my camera. We’ll see, but I hope I can make it happen one day.

      All the best during your trip! I’d love to hear about it when you return!May 10, 2014 – 12:10 pmReplyCancel

  • Jack Odom - I am going to Italy alone for 15 days in June. I have 3 nights booked when I arrive in Florence, 2 booked in Rome before I depart. 9 or 10 days to float with around with no certainty of shelter, or location. Reading about your experiences and general mental approach to traveling alone was very confirming of what I already believe: that this will be an incredible journey, enriched by being alone. I am excited, nervous, and feel fortunate to taste such youthful freedom again. My last trip to Europe was with a friend, but my favorite memories there were mostly made alone. It’s just you inside your head, absorbing every nuance without any distractions. I have a great feeling that everything will be just fine, if not amazing. Thanks for sharing your story, it was comforting. ~ JackMay 10, 2014 – 9:52 amReplyCancel

  • Katy Nikolaou - Ha! Very well drafted : ) I love “Fontana di Trevi” I was there many moons ago, cannot wait to go again (this time with the kids) :P

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  • Lakshmi - Thanks for sharing your experience. I am travelling alone for the first time to Rome this September and I am really nervous. All my friends are scaring me off that it wouldn’t be safe for me to go alone. I am still going to do it. Life is too short not to take chances. Could you please let me know where you stayed in Rome and how you got around the city.June 23, 2014 – 2:21 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - It’s absolutely normal to feel nervous, but good for you going anyways! My solo trip to Rome was the best experience of my life, one that I still cherish 8 years later.

      I stayed at Pop Inn Hostel, which was right across from Termini station. I didn’t have any issues with it and loved that it was so close to the train station and public transport. It’s been many years since I stayed there, so I can’t speak to what the hostel is like today. As for getting around Rome, I walked A LOT! My legs ached so much at the end of every day, but it was worth it because I got to see so much of the city. I also used the metro quite often and the bus a few times. Metros are pretty straight forward and easy to use, but I never did get the hang of taking the bus!

      I didn’t have any safety concerns in Rome. The key is to project confidence and use common sense. Don’t go off with strangers, keep your valuables close and concealed, and always be alert and aware of your surroundings. If you ever feel uncomfortable or need to check your map, just pop into a nearby store or cafe.

      I’m sure you’ll have a great trip. Rome is amazing! Have fun!June 24, 2014 – 11:25 amReplyCancel

  • cris - Hi! I totally could relate to everything you wrote!
    I had the same dilemma about travelling that I cannot convince any of my friends to travel. Then I got this chance to travel to georgia with 2 couple friends.. but i got the cheaper flight one day earlier than theirs, so i just told them that ill just wait for them and just include me in their booked tour trips. To cut the story short, i ended up solo travelling. I definitely agree on all the lessons you mentioned. And yes, it was a blessing in disguise that i finally knew to myself that i was capable of solo travelling. This October im planning to travel italy and will try to remember all the lessons i learned.. hehe i so much agree with the project confidence thing! :) anyways, im reading your post about italy for more help! Thanks alot and always have a safe trip everyone! :)August 14, 2014 – 11:19 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - That’s a great way to look at it- “a blessing in disguise”. That was true for me as well. I’m glad you had a good experience in Georgia and I’m sure your time in Italy will be amazing as well! I would love to go back to Italy on another solo trip.August 14, 2014 – 11:34 amReplyCancel

  • Fiona - Hello!! I’m so glad you posted this it was exactly what I was looking for. I was thinking about going to Rome leaving Saturday morning and leaving Sunday pm. I was also planing on booking a tour bus for the weekend (City tours) so I could see as much as I could. Do you think this is enough time? Don’t have any holidays left to take :) lol.October 29, 2014 – 4:10 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Hi Fiona! A weekend in Rome is definitely not enough- there is so much to see and do! But…two days is better than none at all!October 30, 2014 – 9:12 pmReplyCancel

  • Daisy - Hi Rhonda…I completely agree about how frustrating it is to try and convince family & friends about a trip. People just don’t seem interested. I have visited a fair amount of Europe (including Italy) with my husband & he is a fantastic travel companion. But over time he too lost interest in traveling…he’s constantly whining about the cost factor in travel which is of course true. Therefore, now I am garnering courage to take the 1st steps into solo travel as I have no other option. I am 5o years old & absolutely want to see as much as Europe as possibly before it becomes physically challenging to do so. Blogs like yours are so inspiring and help people like me who have to go solo to take the plunge. And yes the 1st city I want to get back to is Rome as I love visiting churches.January 14, 2015 – 12:08 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Hi Daisy! Thanks for your comment. I’m glad you enjoy my blog! I think if you want to see as much of Europe as you can, you should absolutely do it, even if that means travelling solo. I’ve found most places in Europe to be quite safe and really easy to get around. I think it’s the perfect place to try solo travelling. My husband sometimes can’t travel as much as I want because of work, but he encourages me to go on my own. I’d like to do another solo trip in the future and I would probably do it in Europe, because the trains make it so easy to get around. Hope you get to see Rome again!January 17, 2015 – 10:49 amReplyCancel

  • Katie Morris Fox - I am planning my first solo trip – as a 33 year old. I’ve traveled all over the world with groups and my husband, but something was telling me to give “alone” a try. I was ecstatically excited for a few weeks, and now am almost talking myself out of it. I’m nervous I won’t have as much fun on my own, that I’ll miss something just being by myself. Not sure where those fears are coming from, but any advice to not talk myself out of it? (PS – I read your line above about not letting anyone talk you out of it, and thought, what if it’s *me* doing the talking?). Glad to have stumbled on your post.January 20, 2015 – 4:55 pmReplyCancel

  • Lerato Seutloali - Ayah my….found this Just in I time….I’m from South Africa…doing Europe solo….the only thing I hate about it is …trying to get strangers to take a pic of me…besides that I loooove every moment…in Rome right now…and this page just reiterated my thoughts when I got here….lol…’don’t look like a tourist,you will be an easy target’….been telling myself that the whole day…..January 24, 2015 – 9:02 pmReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Thank you. Great info. Here is my question. Would like to book solo trip for myself. Ultimately spend 5 days, flying into Rome. Would rather not deal with the whole planned tour deal. So, do the major hotels offer casual day tours that I could take part in each day?February 17, 2015 – 5:30 pmReplyCancel

  • Cal Hixy Higson - I’m off to rome the first of march, was a planned trip with a partner who we have now broken up, So nervous about going incase I spend the whole time thinking I wish she was here!February 18, 2015 – 5:04 pmReplyCancel

  • Meiling Chang - Thank you for the info! It’s very helpful and encouraging!February 26, 2015 – 9:00 pmReplyCancel

  • Tiburcio San Miguel - Thanks for your post, very helpful. I’m doing a solo travel to Italy this August. Im excited and nervous at the same time. I’ll keep your Lessons in mind. Do you think 2 days is enough for Rome and Vatican? I’m stretching my 8 days with Rome/Vatican > Tuscany/Florence > Venice > Rome. Thank you!March 1, 2015 – 3:14 pmReplyCancel

  • damian r - Hi rhonda,

    I am 17 year old year old boy from the netherlands and i am going to toscane in italy with my parents. I want to push my boundaries (if thats correct english) and i want to travel on my own in the future so i decided to travel on my own from toscane to rome for one day. Its not a crazy adventure but it is a start. I really want to have a great experience that day so do you got any advice for me where i definitely should go? Thanks alot!

    DamianMay 21, 2015 – 4:43 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Hi Damian,

      That’s great that you want to do a solo adventure, even if it is just for one day! There are so many amazing places in Rome! With such a short amount of time, I’d recommend seeing the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum. You can buy a combined ticket for all these sights online. Buying in advance will save you time waiting in line. If you still have time to spare, then check out Trevi Fountain. Of course, there’s so much more to see, but I’d say those are the “must visits”.

      I walked to most places, but you might want to take the subway so you can get around faster. Plus, your feet won’t get so sore!

      I hope you have a great trip! Italy is wonderful and I’m sure you’ll love it!

      RhondaMay 22, 2015 – 9:17 amReplyCancel

  • Michole Enjoli Washington - I am in Europe for the first time ever for the summer (9 weeks I am in my 4th week) studying math in Budapest, Hungary. A friend of mine from my home institution is studying abroad in France and we a month ago we planned to spend the Fourth of July weekend together in Rome. Yesterday we find out that his flight got cancelled and there are no available flights for the weekend or any reasonably priced trains. It was also too late for me to change my ticket. So now I am going to Rome alone! I’ve been a little overwhelmed with the idea, but your post definitely made me feel like I still need to go even if I am alone. Italy has always been my dream country to visit and if I don’t go now I won’t have another opportunity all summer before I return to America. Thank you so much for sharing your story! I too have a blog documenting my time abroad (afrithmetic.wordpress.com). I’m sure this solo trip will be a great read for my followers. Thank you again!July 3, 2015 – 3:29 amReplyCancel

  • Cindy Cheah - I really liked your article. I will be going over to Europe solo within a month for 6 weeks. It was meant to have been two of us, but my partner and I unfortunately have just parted ways. I have decided I will still go ahead and make plans for myself. I just booked my return flights today. I am sad, I am nervous, I am excited – so many mixed emotions. I have never travelled extensively by myself before but reading your article has helped ease my anxiety momentarily. So, thank you and wish me luck.July 19, 2015 – 5:43 amReplyCancel

  • Sally - I came across your blog when I typed in “solo travel to Rome” and loved reading your story. I am planning my first solo travel experience to Rome and like you have got to the point that everyone I have asked was not interested, so if I want to see Rome I have to go myself. I am a little nervous – okay a lot nervous, but reading things like this help give me that extra little bit of motivation.July 30, 2015 – 6:25 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Hi Sally! I’m glad you found my story helpful. Good for you for deciding to go to still go to Rome! It would be a shame to miss out on this wonderful city just because none of your friends are interested in visiting. I’m sure you’ll have a great time!July 31, 2015 – 1:47 pmReplyCancel

  • Marcy Todd - Hi Rhonda, I was so happy to read of your experiences in solo travel. I’m in the very early stages of planning a trip to Italy. I’ve never traveled more than 6 hours away by myself so this will be a huge step for me. I just turned 40 a few months ago and recently divorced. I’ve always wanted to travel, and while I think it would be fun for a friend to come along, I feel like I will benefit most going solo… do exactly what I want when I want, and gaining a wealth of independence. I’m so happy to see you had such a wonderful experience! Right now I’m researching tuscany and Florence. I want to make sure I know the language fairly well before going for peace of mind. Although it was nice to see you met people who knew English. I’m sure I’ll have lots of questions in the near future! Thanks so much for your post!August 7, 2015 – 3:50 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Hi Marcy! I think it’s great that you’ve chosen to take the leap and do something you’ve always wanted to do. It will be such a memorable and rewarding experience for you and it sounds like you’ll be prepared with some language skills. It’s always important to at least know some greetings and simple phrases. Good luck on your trip and I’d love to hear how it went!August 8, 2015 – 9:57 pmReplyCancel

  • Nimisha - Hi Rhonda,
    You’ve got a great blog, so well written and very inspiring as well! :)
    I am looking at travelling to Rome from Christmas to New Years. Considering the winters and that it is not particularly touristy season, would it be difficult as my first solo trip? Would Paris be better?
    It’ll be great if you can help me out with this.
    Thanks for your fantastic blog!September 22, 2015 – 11:10 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Hi Nimisha. I’ve never been to Rome or Paris in the winter, but I just read that it’s the coldest time of the year to visit both places. Both cities are easy to get around, but Paris has an especially extensive subway system. The only thing, other than the weather, that might affect your trip is holiday hours/closing dates of museums and other attractions. But I love to travel in off season because there are less crowds to deal with. I think either city would be a great choice for Christmas! Have fun!September 26, 2015 – 9:02 amReplyCancel

  • Laurens Rulkens - Thank you for your articcle going solo to Rome this week!October 1, 2015 – 9:50 pmReplyCancel

  • Chany Addoun - Hi Is there anyone going from Rome with a stop in Brussel?October 24, 2015 – 7:31 pmReplyCancel

  • Katie Nichole - Hello there,
    Is it safe for a female to walk the 7 minute walk from Termini to a hostel at midnight on a sunday?? Flight gets in late, contemplating optionsFebruary 9, 2016 – 5:21 amReplyCancel

  • Jack Archie Doyle - I’m going to Rome alone in April for 7 days and I can’t waitFebruary 21, 2016 – 12:39 amReplyCancel

  • Aimee Marie - Hi Rhonda, I am glad I found your blog when searching for “solo traveller to Rome”. I will be going on a 3-week solo travel in a week’s time in Italy and the U.K. 5 days in Rome, 4 days in Florence, 4 days in Venice and the rest in the UK to attend a friend’s wedding. I was and still am very excited for this first solo tour but as it gets nearer I’m getting anxious. I’ve read all the comments here and it’s comforting to know this was how everyone felt. I’ved booked some tours in Florence and Venice but has not really booked any for Rome. Is it better that I book tours or should I just plan as I’m there? Can you suggest sample itinerary for a 5-Day stay in Rome? I will be there during the Holy Week so not sure how busy the place will be. Thanks a lot and looking forward to hear from you.March 12, 2016 – 4:30 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Hi Aimee. Sounds like you have a great trip planned! I never went on any tours in Rome, apart from the Colosseum and Palatine Hill tour. I just joined a tour on the spot, but I believe you can also book on-line in advance. This might be a good idea if you think it will be a busy time in Rome.

      There are so many great things to see in Rome that you’ll have no trouble finding things to do for 5 days. If you like historic/archaeological sites, don’t miss Caracalla Baths and Ostia Antica (https://www.travelyesplease.com/travel-blog-ostia-antica/). They are a little bit off the typical tourist trail, but very much worth the visit. The Roman Forum is also an interesting place to see.

      And don’t worry about feeling anxious. That’s totally normal and I get that feeling every time I visit a new country, whether I’m travelling solo or not. I’m sure you’ll have a great trip full of wonderful memories!March 13, 2016 – 11:43 amReplyCancel

  • Porva - Hi,
    Your post on the solo trip to Rome has given me some good amount of encouragement to start planning for my first ever solo vacation to a absolutely new part of the world – Italy. I have traveled several times alone to a new country due to my work, Seen places & discovered new cultures. However, those travels were, I would say, guarded travels as my company booked my hotel stay, which were of course the best in class, I could rent taxis from hotel to the place I wanted to go which would be reimbursed. Things are different now.
    When I start to plan for Italy, I am trying to look for cheaper accommodations, would probably use, train or bus more.. & then don’t know what I would say to people if they ask me what brings me to Italy!!
    My personal vacations have been only 3-4 days max along with my husband.I did have fun but I never had to worry much on the safety part.However, I would have to say, our tastes are different ( I like archaeological structures & he likes the beach !) & many a times have compromised on my liking…
    I look forward to this trip minus all the baggage of relationship, for the first time ever. Needs courage..wish me luck.
    Best regards
    PoorvaApril 3, 2016 – 2:00 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Hi Poorva! Thank you for your comment. I’m glad my post helped encourage you to start planning your own solo trip to Italy. It’s a lovely country with a lot of the archaeological sites you like. You and your husband sound like my husband and I, as far as interests go! We also like to do some different things when we travel. Instead of one person having to compromise all the time, we will sometimes spend the day apart doing what we each like to do. Then when we meet up again we have a lot of new stuff to talk about.

      I have so many fond memories from my solo trip to Italy. It was challenging at times, but I never regretted going alone. I would do it again in a heartbeat. I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful time on your trip! Good luck!April 5, 2016 – 5:36 pmReplyCancel

  • Lynn - Hi, I will be traveling to Rome this summer solo and I am nervous about going through the airport and getting to the Leonardo Express Train. I was wondering what exactly it was like locating the train and purchasing tickets. I don’t speak any Italian and I’m nervous I won’t be able to navigate on my own. Any advise? 
    -Lynn May 21, 2018 – 9:09 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Hi Lynn. I was worried too, but there are signs pointing the way to the airport’s railroad station once you get out of baggage claim. You can buy tickets from the ticket machine, ticket counter, and perhaps also at news stands in the airport. I can’t remember for sure, but you’ll probably have to validate your ticket in a machine near the platform. Have a great trip!May 29, 2018 – 1:56 pmReplyCancel

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