Rome is one of the most well-known European cities, and is famous for being one of the most historical, cultured and romantic destinations in the world. As a solo female traveler, whether you are visiting to enjoy the excellent food or to see the sights of the city, you won’t leave without some memories and photos to treasure.
Here’s my solo female traveler’s guide to Rome!
– Where to Stay –
Rome is so popular that the sheer number of hotels is enough to make your head spin. There is no “best” district to stay in—where you stay should depend mostly on your preference and style of travel.
Termini Station, as the main transport hub, wins in terms of diversity—here you can find hostels and pensions galore, and the proximity to trains and buses can’t be beat, but you will be on the outskirts of a lot of the sights and Vatican city area.
If you’re on the lookout for a luxury hotel experience during your stay, try the Via Veneto district near Villa Borghese. Here you’ll find Rome’s most expensive and exclusive hotels—but, you can’t go wrong with beautiful gardens outside of your front door.
If you’re after the Vatican, look no farther than the Prati hotel district, a quiet residential area just a few minutes’ walk to the Holy City.
– What to See –
Rome is THE destination when it comes to food, romance, history, and culture. I’ve touched on my favorite sights and must-dos in my three-day itinerary, but when in Rome… don’t forget to check out these highlights!
Trajan’s Markets was the first “multilevel shopping mall” in the world. Here you can also walk along the Via Biberatica, the best-preserved ancient street in the city. Afterward, climb up Palatine Hill to check out the imperial palaces, extensive garden grounds, and ruins of villas.
You’ll marvel at the exquisite architecture of the Pantheon, the only temple that survived the collapse of Rome relatively in one piece.
The Colosseum is the universal icon of Rome, and you can join a tour to explore the interior. Nearby, check out the Arch of Constantine, which was built to commemorate Constantine’s victory at the Battle of Milvian Bridge in 312, and the Roman Forum.
While you’re wandering the streets, stop by the Trevi Fountain and toss in a coin—legend has it that whoever tosses a coin in the fountain will return to the Eternal City someday. Grab some gelato and take a moment on the Spanish Steps to watch the people passing by.
I highly recommend checking out Walks of Italy to see what walking tours they have going on. Here’s my experience doing a food and pizza making tour in Rome!
– Food in Rome –
A trip to Rome wouldn’t be complete without delving into its cuisine! Stop by a local market for some fresh produce and farmer goodies. The Campo de’ Fiori Market is a colorful market with delights such as hand-squeezed olive oil, fresh fruit, and Limoncello.
Here you can sample an assortment of olive oils, balsamic vinegars, liquors, cheeses, and wines—the flavors go on and on!
And of course, don’t forget to check out a traditional Roman pizzeria. Wood-burning stoves are just magic when it comes to fresh pizza! Try to find a place that will give you a quick lesson in making your own Napoli-style pies—it’s informative, tasty, and you get to join in the fun of stretching the dough.
Top it all off with a cup of Italian joe—best enjoyed at Caffé Sant’Eustachio, one of the oldest espresso shops in Rome. You can’t go wrong with these authentic, home-roasted beans.
– Getting Around Rome –
Rome is a bit chaotic so it takes a few days to get a handle on the inner workings of the traffic and public transit lines. Pick up a map from your hotel or download one to your phone before you head out for the day.
Rome is best enjoyed on foot—it’s romantic, it’s intimate, and it’s the best way to find all the hidden gems! There are also light railways, buses, trams, and the metro that will help you quickly get from point A to B.
Helpful Tip: Taxis tend to be expensive and driving in Rome is only for the most daring.
– Staying Safe –
Rome is generally a safe city, but it does get a healthy share of tourist scams and pickpocketing. Keep a low profile, hold your bag close to your body, and stash your cards and cash in a secure spot.
Number one rule: Keep your valuables with you and always deep in your bag or in a front pocket.
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