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Trip Report Solo Trip to Rome for Language School

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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.


http://www.scuolaleonardo.com/Italian-language-school-Rome.html

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

http://www.villafonte.com/

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!

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