I’ve never done a solo trip other than a few short city trips within Canada, but am currently in the early stages of planning my two week trip to Italy for October 2022! I’m looking for feedback regarding some itinerary options, and general tips from anyone who has done a similar trip before.
**A bit about me:**
– 30F from Canada, traveling alone
– I have travelled quite a bit within the US and Canada as well as the Caribbean. I consider myself very independent, with street smarts and decent travel acumen, however I have never been to Europe.
– I don’t currently speak Italian, but will start Duolingo and learning basic phrases very soon. I know most major cities in Italy have English speakers, but this will be fun for me. 🙂
– I consider myself more of a go with the flow/see how I feel in the moment type of traveler rather than someone who wants to plan every few hours on an itinerary. I do not want to feel rushed on this trip.
– I’m a big foodie, and want to eat as much delicious food as I can! I also enjoy coffee, wine and cocktails.
– I want to spend most of the trip relaxing, sightseeing, and immersing myself in another culture as much as possible. I have an appreciation for architecture and art as well as good ole people watching. I love nature as well, including the ocean. I enjoy live music and some drinks, but not looking to make this a party trip. I am comfortable talking to strangers and consider myself outgoing.
– I have not booked a flight yet, am waiting to see how good prices will get. Travel time looks to be around 15-20 hours depending on the flight. I’m flexible with dates, but looking to leave no earlier than late September and would like to be there for 13-15 days total.
– I do not want to stay in a hostel environment, they’re just not for me. I would consider airBNBs or hotels. Not looking for anything fancy, but also am willing to pay more to have a comfortable room and good night’s sleep.
– Budget is flexible. I’m not looking to pinch pennies, but also not looking to make this a luxury vacation. I’d like to spend less than 4k with flights included, and expect the flight to be anywhere from $700-900 CAD.
– I don’t have a driver’s license, so I won’t be renting a car. I’m comfortable using public transportation and have used it in other cities just fine. I also quite enjoy walking.
– I will be flying in and out of Rome and would like to spend about four days here. Want to see all of the usual suspects – Colosseum, Vatican, Trevi, Spanish Steps, but also want time to take in the city on my own. I’d like to have one planned activity per day then save the rest of the day for exploring.
– I’m trying to decide if I should spend this trip exploring mid/North Italy, or South. As I don’t want to rush or be spending all my time traveling/checking in and out of hotels, I am picking one or the other and saving the one I don’t do for another trip. Rough ideas below:
Rome – 4 days, open to day trips
Florence – 2-3 days including a day trip to Siena or Lucca
Bologna – 3 days, open to day trips in the region, especially for food! 😉
Venice – On the fence, would spend just one day or an overnight here IF you feel it’s absolutely worth seeing. I’ve heard mixed feedback so I’m willing to cut it out in favour of something that makes more sense. Please give me feedback. 🙂
Cinque Terre – 2-3 days, then back to Rome for the flight home
The above itinerary, but swap out Bologna for 3 days in Naples to see Vesuvius/Pompeii instead.
– I don’t really care what order I see the cities in aside from starting/finishing in Rome, whatever makes most sense logistically is what I’ll do.
– I’d love to see the Amalfi Coast, but I think trying to work that into any of the above itinerary is too hectic so I don’t mind saving it for another time. Same goes for Sicily.
If there’s anywhere I haven’t listed that you feel I should really try and see, please let me know!
Any and all feedback is much appreciated. <3