A Guide to Rome for The Solo Traveler: Food, History and Activities Off the Beaten Path

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Amanda Villarosa

  • Rome

  • Arts & Culture

  • City Travel

  • Solo Travel

  • Italy

  • History

  • Lakeside

  • Romantic

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Curator’s statement

While Rome, Italy, is a classic and popular destination for all types of travelers, we find it is one of the best for those traveling solo. Visiting Rome means diving into the city's history, art, and food and wine cultures — all at your own pace. Opt for staying at boutique hotels for an Italian design experience, dine at authentic restaurants down hidden streets and explore all Rome has to offer through local guides.

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Things to do in Rome

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Wander Trastevere

Get lost walking around this charming neighborhood filled with cobblestone streets, vine covered restaurants and various shopping opportunities.

Roman History Night Tour and Bar Hopping

Ever thought about seeing The Colosseum in a different light? Consider booking a local night tour and learn about this historic legend under the moonlight. The tour continues throughout the city and ends with a bar hop to socialize with new friends.

Local Food Tour

Opt for an alternative food tour with a local foodie that knows all the ins and outs and takes you to the most authentic spots.

The Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel

The Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel are two of the most impressive places to learn about and see art collections spanning vast periods of time and locations — from Greece to Rome during the medieval and early Christian periods to contemporary works. Skip the line tickets can be purchased as well, so avoid waiting in any queues!

Villa Borghese

Rome is an incredibly walkable city, and you can see so much just by getting your steps in. Take a walk to Villa Borghese, Rome’s largest urban park and gardens and stop by a local market on your way for fresh fruits, cheese and pastries for a picnic.

Kayak and Swim at Lake Albano in Castel Gandolfo

It’s very easy to take public transportation just outside of the city center. If you’re looking to escape the city for a day, consider booking an ecotour near Castel Gandolfo (the Pope’s vacation home!) and kayak and swim through Lake Albano, a volcanic crater lake.

Self-Guided Walking Tour - The Forum to Trevi Fountain

Rome can be quite crowded, especially in the summer months, so if you’re looking to check out these large historical legends, considering opting for a self guided walking tour! Go at your own pace and stop for plate of cacio e pepe and an aperitivo in between!

Day trip to Bologna or Modena

Another day trip you can take is too Bologna or Modena, especially if these are spots you’re looking to squeeze in for a short itinerary. While Italy as a whole is known for some of the best cuisine, Bologna and Modena are two of the best places for pasta, specifically tortellini!

Places to eat & drink in Rome

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Rosciolo Salumeria: If you’re looking for cool trendy modern Rome vibes, make your lunch or dinner reservation for Roscioli. Sit at the bar, order your favorite Italian wine or spritz and indulge in their aged parm cacio e pepe!

Osteria dal 1931: A classic Italian restaurant located just a bit outside the center of Rome. Come here for a romantic couples’ dinner or order all the traditional Roman dishes and share amongst your group of new friends.

Supplí Roma: Similar to arancini and oh so flavorful! There are other supplí places nearby but with much longer lines. Supplí Roma has what you’re looking for without the wait. Pop in here during any time of day, order from a variety of flavors and enjoy en route to your next stop!

Osteria Oliva: Perfect for a romantic meal or dining solo - located on a quiet street with the option for charming indoor seating or enjoy the weather on the street. They do an amazing Sicilian spin on various dishes, and the tiramisu is a must-order!

Mercato dell Unita: A local grocery store and market on the way to Villa Borgehese, perfect for picking up treats and snacks for a picnic.

Opera 02: If you find yourself taking that day trip to Modena, make sure to visit Opera O2 for some of the best tortellini en brodo and cotechino (pork dish) that you’ll ever have. Or opt for a Lambrusco and balsamic vinegar tasting!

Drink Kong Bar: Rated one of the best bars in the world, Drink Kong may not be exactly what you’re looking for while in Rome, but it’s truly unexpected fun. Come here for innovative Japanese inspired cocktails and a menu of snacks varying between bao buns and dumplings. This is definitely a night out with friends, old and new!

Almalu Trastevere: A casual setting meant for a younger crowd, you’ll enjoy people watching and good conversation over spritzes amongst string lights on cobblestone streets.

Need to Know

For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Lizz Callaway’s guide, A Roman Holiday: A Guide to a Romantic Getaway in Rome.

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