Europe Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 London's Must Sights!
  2. 2 Holiday trip with kids - suggestions please!
  3. 3 10 days Ireland June 30-July 11th, 2017
  4. 4 Lake Garda, Where to stay
  5. 5 Trip Report Apartment Review - Amsterdam
  6. 6 Britain's contactless public transport revolution moves to Oxford
  7. 7 Swiss Pass dilemma
  8. 8 First trip to Italy
  9. 9 Trip Report England and Wales by public transport
  10. 10 Vienna or Budapest?
  11. 11 Trip Report Eiffel Tower Fireworks Photos July 14th
  12. 12 Ireland & Scotland
  13. 13 Scenic Driving Routes
  14. 14 Van Gogh Museum advice
  15. 15 Hotel Bonaparte, Paris
  16. 16 Andalucia in December
  17. 17 Hotels in Dubruvnick
  18. 18 Budapest Hotels
  19. 19 Thello night train from Paris to Rome?
  20. 20 Trip Report Ger's Trip to Rome & Bologna
  21. 21 Planning 20th anniversary 1st trip to Italy Feb 2017.
  22. 22 Poland & Ukraine Summer 2017
  23. 23 Croatia-Slovenia- 30 days Road trip itinerary-2017
  24. 24 Trip Report My trip to Cornwall, bookended by weekends in London
  25. 25 Thoughts on an unusual itinerary for Northern Spain please
View next 25 » Back to the top

Trip Report Solo Trip to Rome for Language School

Jump to last reply

After a fabulous vacation in Rome in November 2013, I was having a hard time getting the city out of my mind. I had barely unpacked before I started stalking airfares for a potential return. When I received a Kayak alert for a $780 RT from EWR to FCO on United, I couldn’t contain myself and pulled the trigger.

My usual travel bud was unavailable, so this was to be my first solo adventure. Even after visiting Rome three times previously, I still had a list of “to-do’s” , and the one at the top of the list was calling – attend a language school. I’ve studied Italian off and on for about 5 years, but I haven’t had the opportunity to take many classes. I read a little, listen to Italian radio and instructional CDs in my car, but really want to improve my grammar and conversational skills to get to the next level. Without a co-traveler, it seemed the perfect time to sign up for some lessons. I enrolled for a week at Scuola Leonardo da Vinci, near Piazza Navona.

With airfare and my major activity booked, all that was left was to find a place to stay. In November, we stayed in Monti, a neighborhood I fell in love with. I was very tempted to stay there again, but chose to instead book in an area in which I hadn’t spent much time – Trastevere. The school was less than a mile walk, and friends (and trip reports) touted the area’s appealing quaintness and liveliness, so I thought I’d give it a whirl. Lodging in my price range was tough to find, but I stumbled across this little place, and it was perfect for me

As my departure date approached, I admit I had some knots in my stomach, which were not helped by the look of horror I received from some folks when I told them I was traveling to Rome on my own. I’m a bit of a loner “in real life” and have never balked at doing things on my own, but I started to find myself a little nervous about a solo vacation. Would I be bored or lonely? (no) Would I feel awkward at restaurants? (no) Would I be a target of roving bands of thieves and predators? (no, though a drunken old man did try to stick his hand down my shirt, which quickly woke-up my inner tough girl). My sister/travel partner is typically my trusty navigator, and for good reason. Without her, would I find myself hopelessly lost? (no, which pleased me to no end. I loved that I could find places without the map. Sometimes. And a few times I actually got on the bus in the correct direction ;) )

I’m going to keep this report brief, but wanted to be sure to write because I find reports immensely helpful in planning. I hope mine will be helpful, too. The solo trip reports were great to read when my confidence waivered. And an extra big thanks to Annhig for writing about her language school experience. Those reports gave me the extra push I needed to do it, and I am so very glad that I did. Thanks!

23 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.