Alone in Rome- Lessons Learned From My First Solo Trip

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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 back pocket when the creep on the subway went for a feel. And I did get lost ALL THE TIME.

It was the best trip of my life!

Alone in Rome- My First Solo Trip and Travel Lessons Learned

I had been wanting to go to Italy for years. As I was approaching university graduation, I thought a trip to Europe would be a great way to reward myself for all my hard work. I wasn’t planning on going to Rome alone. I had asked friends and family if they wanted to come along, but nobody was interested. In the back of my mind I kept thinking, if I spend my life waiting around for someone to travel with, then I might never travel.

Not wanting to put off my dream, I just went for it. Booked a tour around Italy. Bought a flight to Rome.

I couldn’t believe I was setting out on my first solo trip! | Alone in Rome- Lessons Learned From My First Solo Trip
Trevi Fountain

Then things started to go wrong. Contiki cancelled the tour I signed up for, moving me to one scheduled a week later. I had already booked my flights and was stressed that I wouldn’t be able to change them. My travel agency told me to go to Air Canada in Rome to change it. Air Canada in Edmonton told me I had to do it through the travel agency. In the end, I couldn’t change my departure date. I just left for Rome hoping I could change my return date when I got there (thankfully, I was able to).

Not too happy about the hassle and the extra expenses (fee to change the flight, an extra week worth of accommodations), I had learned my first important travel lesson- Lesson #1: ALWAYS book the guaranteed departure dates when booking with a tour company.

Now I was in Rome. For a week. By myself.

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t experience some fear and insecurities about being alone in Rome, but I was determined to make the best of it. | Alone in Rome- Lessons Learned From My First Solo Trip
On the bank of the Tiber River with Castel Sant’Angelo in the background.

The first time I got nervous was at Termini station (I took the Leonardo Express train from the airport into the city). We don’t have train stations like that in Canada, so I was taken aback by the size. I knew my hostel was close by, right across the street in fact, but I couldn’t get orientated in the station. I didn’t want to pull out a map and look like a distracted tourist, an easy target for thieves. Lesson #2: Always look like you know what you are doing. Project confidence, even if it’s fake. So I just went to the nearest exit and started walking confidently. After traipsing half way around the train station I finally came across my hostel.

I dropped off my luggage and went out for a long walk. I didn’t have a plan for where I was going. If I saw something that looked interesting, I went towards it. I had no idea where I was, but I knew I was well away from the touristy areas. I found quiet streets lined with the cute buildings, painted shutters, and balconies I love so much. I came across small but beautiful fountains, family owned shops and restaurants, parks, old walls that, had they been able to talk, would tell fascinating stories. | Alone in Rome- Lessons Learned From My First Solo Trip

It seems like I was lost all the time in Rome. I got lost when I walked. I got even more lost when I took the bus. Lesson #3: Keep a clear head and don’t panic. When my bus driver got off at the end of the route, leaving me, the only passenger sitting and wondering, What the hell is going on?, I tried to stay calm, trusting that I wasn’t going to be left alone in the middle of nowhere. The driver had his smoke, got back on and eventually got me to my destination.

Even after a week there, I was still getting disoriented. But I came across some wonderful things that I wouldn’t have discovered had I stuck to the map. Lesson #4: Get lost. You never know what hidden gems you might find. | Alone in Rome- Lessons Learned From My First Solo Trip
A small festival I came across while walking through a park.

Rome has so many treasures that I really needed the extra week to do the city justice. The one day the Contiki tour spent there was really just a tease. I would have been very disappointed if that was all the time I had in Rome.

That brings me to a very important travel lesson- Lesson #5: Things work out the way they are meant to be. When the tour got cancelled, when I was getting lost all the time, I kept thinking that things were going wrong. But they really weren’t. All these unplanned events were occurring so that I could have a deeper, more meaningful experience. I got to travel slower, experience both independent and group travel, and learn how to problem solve.

Now for my final lesson- Lesson #6: Travel will test you, change you, force you to grow. I learned so much about myself and came home with a sense of independence, confidence and personal fulfillment. My trip to Italy was the best three weeks of my life. Especially meaningful was my solo trip to Rome. That time alone in Rome, with all its struggles and unexpected discoveries, helped shape me into the woman I am today.

Okay I lied, one more lesson. Lesson #7: Don’t let anyone scare you off of travelling alone. I truly think solo travel is one of the best gifts you can give yourself.

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  • Jihan EstrellaI 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 KrauseGood 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

  • MaraI 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 KrauseFrom 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

  • MaraI 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 KrauseNo 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

  • MaraThank 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 KrauseYou 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 XieI 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 OdomI 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 KrauseThat’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 OdomI 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 NikolaouHa! 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

    KatyJune 19, 2014 – 9:09 amReplyCancel

  • LakshmiThanks 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 KrauseIt’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

  • crisHi! 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 KrauseThat’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

  • FionaHello!! 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 KrauseHi 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

  • DaisyHi 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 KrauseHi 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 FoxI 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 SeutloaliAyah 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

  • AnonymousThank 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 HigsonI’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 ChangThank you for the info! It’s very helpful and encouraging!February 26, 2015 – 9:00 pmReplyCancel

  • Tiburcio San MiguelThanks 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 rHi 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 KrauseHi 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 WashingtonI 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 ( I’m sure this solo trip will be a great read for my followers. Thank you again!July 3, 2015 – 3:29 amReplyCancel

  • Cindy CheahI 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

  • SallyI 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 KrauseHi 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 ToddHi 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 KrauseHi 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

  • NimishaHi 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 KrauseHi 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 RulkensThank you for your articcle going solo to Rome this week!October 1, 2015 – 9:50 pmReplyCancel

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

  • Katie NicholeHello 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 DoyleI’m going to Rome alone in April for 7 days and I can’t waitFebruary 21, 2016 – 12:39 amReplyCancel

  • Aimee MarieHi 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 KrauseHi 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 ( 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

  • PorvaHi,
    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 KrauseHi 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

  • LynnHi, 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 KrauseHi 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

  • CollinI am a guy but to tell you the truth am petrified of travelling alone. Haven’t been outside of my home country ever which makes it more terrifying.That coupled with not knowing the language plus the fear of getting pickpocketed. Taking solace from the fact that someone has done it before. thanks for sharing.August 31, 2018 – 7:12 amReplyCancel

  • VictoriaOK I feel really late to the party (LOL) did you ever get lonely or anxious? I’m married, but my husband is active duty army making any travel together outside of his duty station very difficult. I’m a history major and thinking of taking the plunge and living in Rome for a week, but I’m anxious I’ll get bored and lonely! TIAFebruary 2, 2020 – 12:52 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda KrauseHi Victoria. I was anxious when I first arrived but those feeling went away as I got to know the city. Yes, there were a few times I felt lonely but that just taught me to be comfortable being alone. I saw it as a good opportunity to get to know myself! If you do get really lonely, joining a walking tour or other group tour can help.March 4, 2020 – 9:49 amReplyCancel

  • Antonio LeonardoYour blog is really worth to visit. Thanks for sharing your experience with us. Love it!February 10, 2020 – 8:07 amReplyCancel


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