25 Must-Visit Landmarks as a Solo Female Traveller in Italy

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Did you just say you missed a must-visit on your solo travel to Italy? Well, here are 25 Italian landmarks you must visit in Italy on your solo travel.

1. The glorious remains of Rome, The Roman Forum

The Roman Forum is a top tourist landmark located in the centre of Rome, attracting around 5 million tourists a year. The roman architectural site was once a market ground packed with vendors and shops, which soon developed into a central arena of public, social, political-religious meetings and criminal trials during the time of Julius Caesar. The glory didn’t last long since the empire of Rome fell, and this prominent arena fell into ruins.

Now what you see are the ruins of Rome which nevertheless stands up to its glory. The ticket to Colosseum includes the entry to the Roman Forum. The landmark building in the Roman Forum includes

  • The burial grounds of Romulus and Caesar
  • Senate House
  • Temple of Saturn
  • Arch of Titus
  • The Rostra
  • Temple of Vesta
  • Temple of Castor and Pollux

2. Pompeii

Pompeii, situated in the Campania region of Italy, is a must-visit place in Italy. Another ruined town of Italy. Pompeii is an archaeological site marking the ancient civilization of Italy. Unlike the roman forum, the wreckage of Pompeii was caused by the hefty volcanic overflow in Mount Vesuvius. It didn’t take long for Pompeii to succumb to the scorching heat balls, acid flow, and dangerous gases. It didn’t stop with the wreckage of buildings alone. More than thousands of people were killed, leaving only their ashes. 

3. Herculaneum

If you are in Pompeii, it won’t take much of your time to travel to Herculaneum, another must-visit historical ruin of Italy. Herculaneum faced the same god of death. Yes, it was Mount Vesuvius. What difference does it make from Pompeii? If you ask me that, I would say both the ruins take you back in time and stir your mind on what happened and how it would have happened? At least it was like that for me. But in Herculaneum, you can find human remains, about 300 skeletons who lost their lives to the natural disaster. 

4. Mount Vesuvius, Naples

Speaking of the death god who created the ruins of Pompeii and Herculean, you must visit Mount Vesuvius on your travel to Italy. It deserves a goosebumps visit for its formidable past. Hiking in Mount Vesuvius is a common sight. If you have boosting power and courage, you can set your foot near the crater without any guided tour. 

5. Pisa tower

Who would have thought people would be standing in queue to see a tower which has become famous for its mistake? But here is the leaning tower of Pisa, which is a must-visit popular landmark in Italy. You must show creativity in taking your pictures in front of Pisa tower. For a stunning view of the Pisa city decorated with the Arno river, climb to the terrace of the tower. Then, you shouldn’t miss the square of miracles which is just a foot from the Pisa tower. 

6. Pantheon

Pantheon in Rome is a must-visit place in Italy that is sure to marvel you with its beauty. Surpassing its overall beauty is the engineering of the building. That said, the outside of Pantheon replicates nothing of its jaw-dropping interiors. The oval opening in the centre of the duomo is the key highlight. Standing in the rays of the opening in the duomo made me feel I was in the centre of the universe—such a warm place to visit in Italy. 

7. Florence Duomo

The next landmark destination of Italy you must visit is the Florence Duomo, also known as the Filippo Brunelleschi’s dome. Florence Duomo is a headstrong beauty of Italy and one of my favourite historic spots reminding me of the Medici’s, the bourgeoisie of Florence, also that anything is possible. Aside, it is the world’s largest dome built so far, taking hardly 143 years to be chiselled into the beauty it is today. 

8. The Dolomites

How dangerous do you want your trip to Italy? The Dolomites are the only place that nods yes to all sorts of adventurous activities in Italy. Ask me anything, I will tell you. It has adventures spot tailored for everyone from beginner level to risky, starting from the cable car, mountain climbing, skiing, night skiing, ski mountaineering, ice-skating, ice climbing, dog sledging, cycling, hiking. You are welcome to do anything! The Dolomites do not compromise in fulfilling your visual desire as well. The colourful mountains, green meadows, silently flowing water, icy floors won’t fail to amuse you. 

9. The Capri island

An unspeakable wondrous place in Italy is Capri Island. Leaving the towns of Capri and Anacapri on the Island of Capri, there are two iconic must-visit landmarks of Italy. They are the Blue Grotto and the Faraglioni rocks. While the blue grotto is a spell of wonder, Faraglioni casts the spell of sublimity. 

10. Amalfi coast

The Amalfi Coast is one of the most popular destinations in Italy, which you must visit on your solo travel known for pebble beaches, black soil, never-ending mountains, vertical buildings above mountains, and pastel-coloured houses. The Amalfi Coast is a well-organised beach area where you may rest in the shade of magnificent mountains. End your trip to the Amalfi Coast with a glass of limoncello liqueur, which is considered a sacred drink.

11. The wine town, Tuscany

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Tuscany is the hub of wine brewing in Italy. Italy is incomplete without wine tasting. You can find the best wine in different types of wine. If you are a wine lover, Tuscany should be your must-visit in Italy. The breathtaking landscapes of vintage towns are another interesting part of your trip to Tuscany. 

12. A gothic wonder, Milan Cathedral

The story of Milan cathedral is a long one spanning over six centuries. It is no wonder it took six centuries for this cathedral to be built in this grandeur—a simply gothic place to visit in Italy.

The church is primarily composed of white marble. It has painted glass windows, 135 minarets, and 6,000 statues labelling its magnificence. Most of the world-famous statues of Gothic are here, making it a place of the world’s architectural history and world civilization history of marvels. The rooftop of the Milan duomo has beautiful scenery of the swiss alps.

13. The land of White Truffles, San Miniato

San Miniato, a hilltop town in Tuscany, lying halfway between Pisa and Florence, is a must-visit place in Italy. The town sits at the top of the hill above the river Elsa. The Duomo Miniato is a top tourist attraction of San Miniato. Although, a more satisfying reason for you to visit San Miniato is for the hilltop view of Tuscany. San Miniato gives a fantabulous view of Tuscany with its medieval towns arranged with vineyards. The view is even more appealing to the eyes when you see it at sunset. San Miniato delivers fresh and delicious white truffles and porcini mushrooms. Make sure you have them on your trip. 

14. The land of Towers and Violet, San Gimignano

San Gimignano—the land of towers and violets, the name sufficiently details why you must visit this place in Italy. The town is home to the towers—Piazza della Cisterna and Piazza del Duomo pointed towards the sky. And, for the violets, there is a beautiful story. The saint patron of San Gimignano is Fina. After her death, the burial pallet blossomed with violets. That said, if you visit this town during the march, they would be flourishing with violet flowers. Awe! 

15. An underground city, Orvieto

Orvieto is another must-visit hilltop town in Umbria, Italy. You can reach the town from the train station by cable car, which is really beautiful! There is a well called St Patrick in Orvieto. It opens the underground world of Orvieto as it digs 62 meters underground with two stairway lines printing the path to the underground. Besides that, there is another opening on the ground in Orvieto, which leads to numerous grottos. It feels like an unreal place, isn’t it? 

16. The lake city, Sirmione

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Sirmione, in the Lombardy region of Italy, is a must-visit destination. The city, located in the heart of Lake Garda, is a feast to the eyes. There are two reasons to put Sirmione on your checklist. First, for the Scaligero castle, which is rooted in the Lake Como water. The castle is rumoured to be haunted, and the town has got some amazing thermal baths and spas!

17. The crescent-shaped, Italian Riviera

The crescent-shaped coastline called Italian Riviera is a must-visit destination in Italy. The Italian Riviera clings between the Italian and French border. You can expect all coastline chores from hiking, boat excursions, sunbathing, and so on. Just like the Amalfi coast, the Italian Riviera is blessed with beautiful coastal towns. To name a few, Genoa, loano, Sanremo, Rapallo, Alassio. All these coastal towns join hands with the Mediterranean sea, giving you the beach time you need the most.

18. The coastal town of Puglia 

Puglia is a place close to my heart that I would recommend to your must-visit list in Italy. I simply love every region of Puglia from the capital Bari to Alberobello, Gallipoli, Ostuni, Otranto, Lecce, Foggio and Matera. Of course, Alberobello is extra memorable—a fairy tale town in Puglia. On the whole, Puglia is a power-packed package of natural beauty. If you are interested in knowing more about these lovely towns of the Puglia region, click here

19. The arena of Gladiator, Colosseum

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The Colosseum in Rome, one of the world’s seven wonders, is a must-visit in Italy. If you’ve seen the film Gladiator, you’re well aware of the importance of sports culture in Rome. The Colosseum, a massive oval amphitheatre, accommodates major public sporting and entertainment events. The 12 stacked stadiums can accommodate 50,000 spectators. While you won’t be able to see a gladiator battle like in the past, you can enrol in armed fighting classes near the Colosseum. The cost of a colosseum ticket is 12 euros.

20. The spiritual hub, the Vatican City

The next must-visit place in Italy is an independent city and the UNESCO world heritage site, The Vatican City. The Vatican City, one of Christendom’s holiest sites, bears witness to a long and illustrious past as well as a formidable spiritual undertaking. Within the borders of this little state is a unique collection of creative and architectural wonders you wouldn’t want to miss on your travel to Italy.

21. The floating city of Venice

Venice, an out-of-the-ordinary city, made up of multiple lagoons connected by bridges and split by canals, is a must-see in Italy. The floating metropolis features a glitzy church, a vast public square as wide as the sky, sophisticated theatres, historic bridges, and the iconic Doge’s palace. Besides captivating the heart of tourists, the Venetian gondolas have a remarkable history. One of the recent news is gondola ride is no more used by the natives, and here is why.

22. Historic Temples of the Valley, Sicily

The Valley of Temples in the Agrigento region of Sicily is a must-visit in Italy. The top archaeological site is a living history of the Greek civilization in Italy. The Valley of the Temple in Sicily includes the Temple of Juno, the Temple of Concordia, the Temple of Heracles, the Temple of Castor, and Pollux. All of these temples are stripped bare, revealing their massive pillars, and the fallen statue of Icarus can be found here as well.

23. The Catholic centre, St. Peter Basilica

St. Peter’s Basilica is the universal headquarters of the Roman Catholic as well as the Pope’s residence. Hence, it is a must-visit visit place, in Italy located in Vatican City. A true Renaissance beauty takes us on a journey through art, faith, and spirituality, guided by great artists such as Bramante, Michelangelo, Bernini, and Maderno. We can not only admire the building’s magnificence but also walk through its corridors, visit the chapels, and marvel at the beauty of numerous works of art, such as Michelangelo. It is currently possible to see the Popes’ tombs, which are located in the Vatican’s grottos.

24. Bewitching Lake Como in Lombardy

Lake Como is quite a catch for natural lovers. The third-largest lake in Italy is popped with the scenic elegance of picturesque towns and greenery. The lake is outlined in the shape of inverted ‘Y’ splits its path into two with its entire circumference dotted with lovely villages and towns—Bellagio, Varenna, and Como are the most popular attractions. Como is the city that lends the lake its name.

25. The colourful towns of Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre is a must-visit tourist landmark in Italy. Cinque Terre, the hamlet, perched on a rocky outcropping, is made up of five communities in total. Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso are the five villages that makeup Cinque Terre. These five settlements are not in close proximity to one another. As a result, distinguishing between these communities is difficult. The town of Riomaggiore is the perfect spot to watch the Cinque Terre sunset. Manarola is a small town on the outskirts well-known for its exquisite Sciacchetrà wine. Vernazza is a relaxing spot with views of the sea on all sides. You need to climb 382 steps to visit Corniglia to enjoy its spectacular view.

This concludes the list of 25 must-see Landmarks in Italy for solo female travellers. Make a point of seeing these sites that represent Italian architectural genius, cultural history, and natural charm. 

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