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Trip Report More Gnocchi, Per Favore! Italy Solo in 2 Weeks, October 2011

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After much help from reading this forum (and others), I planned my own solo overview trip of Italy from October 8-23, 2011. I am a 23 year old guy and wanted a bit of an adventure after a stressful but rewarding year at my job. I grew up traveling all over the US with my family and studied abroad in Australia for 4 months in 2008. My only previous European trip was Spain in 2004 with a class.

Italy was even more amazing than I could have expected – especially the food. I highly recommend it to any solo traveler or couple. It does not seem like the best vacation spot for children – focuses on pricey dining, wine, art, museums, churches – things which bore children easily. Along the way, I spent 4 nights in Venice, 5 hours in Bologna, 3 nights in Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, 3 nights in Florence, and 5 nights in Rome. I went everywhere by train, and it was extremely easy – any tickets I had not already pre-booked with “mini” fares to save money, I was able to quickly purchase via automated machines with cash or credit card. Read on for city-specific reports.

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