Italy Solo Female Itinerary: Rome, Venice, Trieste | Alyssa J Freitas: Italy Solo Female Itinerary: Rome, Venice, Trieste

March 28, 2018

Italy Solo Female Itinerary: Rome, Venice, Trieste

Here we go, my full Italy Itinerary post is here! I've already posted about how I packed for this trip in a backpack and what solo female travel in Italy taught me. Now it's time for the practical tips of where to visit and what to see.

ROME

Day 1:
On the first day I arrived at the Rome Fiumicino airport in the early afternoon. I took the Leonardo Express train to the city and then hopped on a bus to get to my Airbnb in the city center. It was the absolute perfect location and price (I paid $200 for 3 nights), plus the hosts were so sweet and I felt secure. If you're going to Rome, I would highly recommend staying here. If you use this link you can get $40 off your first Airbnb stay!
I spent the afternoon and evening wandering the perfectly charming streets and going in and out of every church I saw. I got dinner at Mimi e Coco, which was delicious and affordable, and had gelato at Frigidarium.

Day 2:
Bright and early I took a photography class to hit up some of the main sights of Rome: Trevi Fountain, Temple of Hadrian, Pantheon, Piazza Novona, and Castle Sant'Angelo Bridge. My apartment was within a 15 minute walk of all of these places. This was especially lucky because I overslept and missed the first location and had to dash to meet everyone at the second stop (that jet lag, I tell ya). Shout out to my new friend Hansel who went back to the Trevi Fountain with me to snap a picture :)
Photo Credit: @hansoulfood
Next, I headed to the Vatican Museum. I got a skip the line pass and spent hours wandering the incredible museum. My favorite room was filled with hand painted maps. Every gallery held significant work, and the ceilings were consistently breathtaking. Allocate a good 3-4 hours here if you are an art lover. 
Photo credit: @hansoulfoodhttps://www.instagram.com/hansoulfood/

Then I was off to Il Corallo for lunch/dinner (I was eating at strange times, the jet lag really got me). After that I took a short break at the apartment, then went to take in the views from the Spanish steps and eat some more gelato, naturally. Plus I went back to see the Trevi Fountain at night.



Day 3:
Colosseum day! As you may know, I am obsessed with history, and Rome is the perfect place to soak it all in. Before going to the Colosseum, I stopped at my favorite cafe near the Pantheon (I went 3 times!) and got the best chocolate croissant of my life. Seriously, go to La Casa Del Caffe Tazza D'oro.

I took an early morning tour to skip the lines and get access to the underground area. The tour also included the Forum and Palatine hill. It was a wonderful experience and I was glad to have someone to guide me through the most important spots.



I grabbed my first slice of pizza of the trip, then went back to the Vatican to go to St. Peter's Basilica since I didn't have time the day before. St. Peter's blew. me. away. I don't have many photos since I was too busy taking it all in. It was the highlight of my time in Rome.




TRIESTE

Day 4:
On day 4, I left Rome and made my way to Trieste. I took a flight then a bus to get to my friend Ally's apartment. It was a full travel day, so I didn't see much in Trieste. We had dinner and caught up before bed since we had to wake up early to go to Venice the next day!

VENICE

Day 5:
We took a train from Trieste to Venice. Ally had been to Venice before, so she was the perfect guide. We wandered and ate (Del Moro's is the best for "to go" pasta) and rode on a boat, so needless to say it was a successful day. For other Ally/Alyssa adventures, make sure to check out our trip to California here



We went to St. Mark's Square and checked out the church. The mosaics were phenomenal.



We also went to Libreria Acqua Alta, which is a charming bookstore with creative decorations. My photos don't capture it well, this is a must "see in person" sort of place.



After that, we took a boat to the island of Burano. The island is known for lace making and bright colored buildings. Hot chocolate was a must, since it was chilly!



TREISTE

Day 6:
Back to windy Trieste. Windy? you ask. Yes, incredibly windy. The people of Trieste refer to this winter wind as "the bora" and it will knock you off your feet. The bora made it hard for us to explore outside, but luckily we had a castle to see and history to learn :) 

Miramare Castle was built by Maximillian and has had a number of interesting occupants. I wish I had a better picture, but my fingers were frozen, so this is what we have haha Take a look at the Wikipedia page for more.
 

Day 7: 
Time to head home. I made my way back to the Trieste airport and went home through Rome. The day before Rome had its first snowfall in 6 years, so there were some delays to contend with, but I made it back safe and sound.

Would you like to travel to Italy? What cities would you like to see?

-AJF
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