I’ll admit it: I feared traveling in Italy as a solo woman. But then I realized that all the stuff that makes me nervous about being out in public—like preying men and high-pressure situations—can be accommodated by following a few simple rules and tips. So, if you’re thinking about visiting Italy or have been wanting to go solo but are too scared to do so (or just have no one to travel with), here’s what you need to know about solo female travel in Italy.
Housing: What to look for
If you’re traveling alone, look for a place with a kitchen. A kitchen will give you the flexibility of eating out or cooking your own food if you prefer. If you’re on a budget, don’t expect to find any houses or apartments in Italy that come with full kitchens. However, most apartments have at least an electric hot plate and microwave oven—and those are enough to make some simple meals while still enjoying Italian cuisine!
If possible, opt for housing with shared spaces like bathrooms and living rooms. These communal areas mean other travelers will be nearby during the day (and may even become friends!). And if there’s no one else around when you want some privacy? Just close the door!
The most important tip for solo female travel in Italy is to be aware of your surroundings. This is especially important if you are traveling on public transportation or walking long distances alone. If it gets dark, try to find a restaurant or bar that is near where you’re staying. You can always ask the bartender/server if they know of any good places nearby where you could stay overnight and catch an early train back in the morning.
How to Stay Connected with Wi-Fi and Getting Around
Besides your cell phone, consider bringing along a portable Wi-Fi device. These devices are small and lightweight, so they’ll fit easily into your pocket or purse; they also offer strong signal strength so that you can use them even when there isn’t any wifi signal available in the area (like on public transportation).
- Portable WiFi devices let you stay connected while traveling abroad and come with all of the necessary features: internet access, email capabilities and even VoIP calling.
- Local SIM cards are another option for staying connected while traveling abroad. If possible, we recommend choosing a local carrier over an international one because it will be easier for people in Italy to contact you if necessary (or vice versa) without incurring additional costs from roaming charges on their end.
Eating out is a great way to meet other people, and it can also be a very safe option. If you’re looking for Italian food that won’t break the bank, start by looking for restaurants with lots of locals. This is also true for anywhere else in Europe—you’ll find some of the best deals at places where locals gather. Look for restaurants that have families eating there as well; if children run around without supervision and their parents don’t seem bothered by this behavior, then it’s likely you’re in expert hands!
It’s not as scary as people make it out to be. You just need to know the right tips and tricks to keep you safe.
With these tips and tricks, you can get the most out of your solo female travel in Italy.
- Tips for finding accommodation:
Sometimes, You’re going to want to book ahead of time. Consider using a service like Airbnb that has an extensive selection of hostels and hotels with private rooms available.
- Tips for finding wifi:
Most cafes will have free wifi, but it’s best to ask before sitting down or ordering anything just in case they don’t offer it (especially if it’s not one of the big chains). If possible, bring an internet dongle or portable hotspot so you’ll always have access even when there isn’t any around.
- Tips for eating out: o Italians love their food! They’re known for their pasta dishes, fresh ingredients straight from local farms and street markets—and they won’t hesitate to tell anyone who will listen how good their cooking is! It’s not uncommon to see people standing outside restaurants with menus trying convince passersby inside that theirs is better than everyone else nearby; but don’t worry about being pressured into eating somewhere because of this—they usually mean well.”
Italy is a beautiful country with so much to offer. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of being on your own and forget that you’re still vulnerable. Follow these tips and tricks, and you’ll be well-prepared for your trip!