Traveling Solo – You’re not alone

Written by Rem Malloy, since 1995 Rem has been guiding and designing trips to Italy and all of Western Europe and is considered an expert in his field for over 30 years.

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Solo Travel in Italy: A Journey of Discovery with Italy4Real

Embarking on a solo journey to Italy, a land where history whispers from every corner and beauty unfolds in every street, is more than a vacation; it’s a voyage into the heart of culture, self-discovery, and unforgettable experiences. Since 1995, Italy4Real has been pioneering in crafting bespoke travel experiences for solo adventurers. We understand the nuances of comfort, inclusion, safety, and budget that are paramount for those journeying alone.

Planning a trip is where it all starts and as a solo traveler, you need guidance. Finding the right person to walk you through the in’s and out’s of where you will be going is paramount.

It’s important to feel included. Traveling alone can fee lonely. It’s important to plan activities in your trip that are not just looking at art on the wall, but offer inclusion into unique experiences that introduce you to the people and culture.

Here are some great ideas and tips to make your solo travel experience even better:

1. A Home in Italy: Dining with Locals

  • Italy4Real takes solo travel beyond the typical tourist experience. Imagine being welcomed into an Italian home, where you’re not just a guest but a member of the family. Here, you’ll savor authentic Italian dishes, engage in heartfelt conversations, and create bonds that last a lifetime. This experience allows solo travelers to immerse themselves in the true essence of Italian culture.

The feeling of inclusion is so important when traveling alone, a group cooking class, a dinner in an Italian home are just a few ways to fee included while traveling solo.

4 people in a Cooking with pasta in hands
4 people in a Cooking class with pasta in hands

2. Personalized Sightseeing: Your Own Story

  • Exploring Italy with a private guide transforms sightseeing into a personal journey. Our guides don’t just show you the landmarks; they bring the history, culture, and stories of Italy to life. As a solo traveler, you’ll have the freedom to explore at your own pace, ask questions, and delve deeper into the aspects of Italian life that intrigue you the most.

A private guide is a personal experience, unlike sightseeing with a group. Typically groups are filled with couples or families making the solo traveler feel isolated in their exploration of the city, but a private guide is a one-on-one experience that feels like a local friend is showing you their town. Having your own private guide when traveling alone is a great way to fee in control, informed and welcomed by a local.

3. Handpicked Accommodations: Your Italian Home

  • We carefully select accommodations that offer more than just a place to stay. Our family-run hotels and B&Bs provide a warm, welcoming atmosphere where staff know your name and treat you like family. These accommodations are not just places to sleep; they are homes where you can relax, reflect, and feel a part of the local community.

When booking a hotel on the internet, you only have the listings descriptions and a few photos of the room and lobby. You may get a good sense of the quality of the property but you have no real idea of the neighborhood around it, how far it is from the sights, tourist traps to avoid or staff who knows you beyond your reservation number. When working with a travel professional that has personally been on the ground where you will be going is essential in understanding the area from a Birds Eye view to get the full picture of where you will be staying. This type of personalized attention to details gives the solo traveler comfort and a pease of mind when traveling alone.

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4. Safety and Authenticity: The Heart of the City

  • Safety is paramount, especially for solo travelers. Our accommodations are situated in safe, accessible areas, close to major attractions, dining, and cultural sites. This strategic placement not only ensures safety but also offers an authentic experience of the city’s lifestyle, far beyond what a chain hotel can offer.

No mater if you are in Rome, Florence, Venice or Tuscany; understanding the area around where you will be staying or having the hotel manager or apartment owner have a relationship with your travel expert allows you to feel more at ease with exploring alone away from your accommodation.

5. Tailored Trip Design: Every Detail Matters

  • At Italy4Real, we understand that every solo traveler is unique. Our travel experts work closely with you to design a trip that caters to your interests and preferences. From selecting the right accommodations to planning the perfect itinerary, every detail is tailored to ensure that your solo journey is as enriching as it is exciting.

There is such a difference between booking everything yourself on the internet and having a person with on the ground experience and knowledge plan your trip. Anyone can book a trip to Italy with a few clicks of your computer keyboard, but you may have the basic elements of the trip covered, but you have zero understanding of what’s around the place you are staying, what there is to do after the sightseeing tour or suggestions for local restaurants that are not tourist traps. The internet can’t give you recommendations between one or another hotel or sightseeing tour based on the actual experience, you only have pricing and a few reviews to guide you. A personal travel expert is invaluable in planing a trip for the solo traveler.

6. Local Contacts and 24/7 Support: Never Alone

  • We provide local contacts in the same timezone for immediate assistance. In locations where this isn’t possible, our clients have 24/7 access to our offices via text, email, and phone. With Italy4Real, you’re never alone; you’re always supported, connected, and cared for.

Traveling alone can be scary, going to a foreign country where you don’t speak the language, don’t know how to get around and have no family or friends can be overwhelming to the solo traveler. Having a real person; not a call center in another time zone who is just a phone call or text away for questions or issues you may have, gives the solo trailer a level of comfort that many underestimate. You may never pick up the phone, but just knowing that a real person knows where you are, what you are doing and where you are going is so important. Having this security blanket in your pocket while traveling solo will give you the time to truly relax and enjoy your surroundings.

The Italy4Real Difference: Personal Touch in Solo Travel
Traveling solo with Italy4Real means you’re not just booking a trip; you’re crafting an experience with real people who understand the ground realities of the destinations. Our expertise, personal touch, and deep understanding of solo travel needs ensure that your journey to Italy is as safe, enriching, and memorable as possible.

Embark on your solo Italian adventure with Italy4Real, where every journey is a personal story waiting to be written. Discover Italy, discover yourself.

Take the next step and create your own tour using our create a tour form and we will reply with some great suggestions and ideas for a wonderful solo trip to Italy.

For more information on crafting your solo Italian adventure, contact us at Italy4Real at or visit our website at Let’s make your dream trip a reality.

About the Author

Rem Malloy started Italy4real back in 1995 with his mother, Deborah de Maio.

He specialises in Italian tours as well as customised tours to France, England, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, Greece and Spain. He was also featured in the Travel Channel show Mysteries at The Museum in 2016.

Rem has family in Italy and his mothers home town is Cava di Terrani, near the Amalfi Coast. The family has a street named after them in Sorrento, Via Luigi de Maio; a relative who was mayor of Sorrento.

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