Mini Rome Solo Female Travel Guide:
Rome has everything a solo female traveler could want. Ancient ruins, delicious food, warm summer days and beautiful cobblestone streets. Rome is a must-see for everyone making their way through Italy and if you’re looking for some tips on how to spend three days in this incredible city then this Rome Solo Female Travel Guide is for you.
When To Go
June – August (High Season)
Daytime Temps: 80F-87F (27C-31C)
Nighttime Temps: 60F-65F (15C-18C)
October – April (Low Season)
Daytime Temps: 53F-70F (12C-21C)
Nighttime Temps: 38F-52F (3C-11C)
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What To Wear
This all depends on the season, high or low, but if you’re aiming for the high season then think dresses, shorts, breathable tops, and maybe an umbrella to hide you from the sun. It’s nice and toasty during the day so pack with the knowledge that you will sweat. Note: If you’re visiting the chapels and other holy places, make sure you wear or carry something to cover bare shoulders because the dress code is enforced.
Hostels (High Season): Prices range from 6 Euro to 22 Euro per night.
Hostels (Low Season): Prices range from 6 Euro to 20 Euro per night.
**Note: These are the prices for hostels with a rating of 8.0 or higher on Hostelworld.com.**
Hotels (High Season): Prices for budget hotels range from 42 Euro to 47 Euro per night.
Hotels (Low Season): Prices for budget hotels range from 42 Euro to 54 Euro per night.
What To Spend
60 USD/ 80 AUD/ 80 CAD/ 50 EUR/ 40 GBP
*Assuming you’re on a backpacker’s budget. Making use of public transportation, staying in hostels or other budget accommodations and eating out about once a day. For the daily budgets of other destinations check out Round The World Trip Budget next.*
How To Get Around
The quickest way to get around Rome is by using the Metro. There are two metro lines. Line A is the orange line and Line B is the blue line. The metro runs Sundays to Thursdays from 5:30am to 11:30pm. On Fridays and Saturdays, the metro operates from 5:30am to 1:30am in the morning. A single metro ticket cost 1.50€.
By Bus or Tram
If you don’t want to ride the metro then a bus or tram is also an option. These might be the slower option though due to traffic in the busy city of Rome but the cost of a single ticket is the same as the metro at 1.50€. So whichever way you decide to get there it won’t make much of a difference to your wallet.
Types of Tickets
- Day Pass (BIG) – The BIG ticket grants unlimited travel on public transport from when the ticket is validated to midnight of that night. The cost of a day pass is 6€.
- 3 Day Tourist Pass (BTI) – Like the BIG, this pass will grant you unlimited travel for three days. You three days begin when the pass is validated. The cost of this pass is 16.50€.
- Week Pass (CIS) – If you need more than one or three days then you can spring for a week-long pass of unlimited travel on the metro, buses, trams, and trains. This transport pass costs 24€.
If you need a tourist pass that has it all, then the Roma Pass is calling your name. The Roma Passes will grant you free museum entry to one or two museums (depends on which pass you buy), discounts at certain businesses and events, unlimited travel on public transport and the chance to skip the ticket line at the Colosseum, Musei Capitolini, and Castel Sant’Angelo. You can buy a Roma Pass online, at museums, tourist centers, the Trenitalia tickets offices or in the subway ticket offices.
Roma Pass 72 Hours: 38.50€
Roma Pass 48 Hours: 28€
What To Do In Rome
The Colosseum needs no introduction. It’s a site that has been drawing visitors from all over the world for quite a long time and the lines to get in show that. Thankfully, you don’t have to wait on those ridiculously long lines to step back in time to Ancient Rome. If you buy a combo ticket at the entrance to Palatine Hill, it will include entrance to the Roman Forum and the Colosseum. Inside the Colosseum is packed with people but wading through the crowds are worth it to get a peek into the history of the city.
Make sure you’re wearing a good, sturdy pair of walking shoes because you’ll spend hours wandering around this amazing site. The Roman Forum was the center of public and religious life for the ancient people of Rome. You have the privilege to walk among structures built as far back as 608 A.D. and learn about the people who once lived there. The Roman Forum is a must-see for everyone visiting Rome.
If you take my advice (you should) and spring for the combined 12€ ticket to the Colosseum and Roman Forum, you’ll also be granted entrance to Palatine Hill. Palatine Hill is one of the more famous hills of Rome. Back in the day, it was home to emperors and influential ancient Romans and now you can walk among the ruins of their homes and palaces.
The Pantheon was built as a temple to honor the gods and is the only building constructed in ancient Roman times that has survived till now intact. If that wasn’t enough reason to visit, the Pantheon also boasts the largest unsupported dome in the world. The Pantheon can get a little crowded inside but entrance is free and it truly is an incredible historical site.
The Sistine Chapel showcases the work of famous artists such as Sandro Botticelli, Pietro Perugino and, of course, Michelangelo. The frescos of the Sistine Chapel depict different Biblical scenes with the most famous being the Creation of Adam. Michelangelo gave four years of his life to the Sistine Chapel and you can view his work while standing in a thick crowd of people. The Chapel gets packed and since you can’t take photos anyway, I would suggest soaking in the art as much as you can then quickly weaving your way out of there.
St. Peter’s Basilica
Nothing can prepare you for the magnificence of St. Peter’s Basilica. When I stepped inside, all my annoyance at standing on line in the blazing sun went away. The Basilica is the crown jewel of Vatican City and a monument to one of the founders of the Catholic Church. The dome of the Basilica served as the inspiration for many other buildings and cathedrals around the world and you can see it all for yourself for free.
Safety Tips for Solo Travel in Rome
Watch Out For Pickpockets
The biggest threat to your fun times solo traveling in Rome are pickpockets. You need to be wary of scams meant to distract you while Swiper’s buddies relieve you of your money and passport. To protect yourself and your things, you should try not to carry any valuables on you, always have your stuff with you and keep your belongings in an anti-theft bag.
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Good luck and Happy Travels!