Purchase a slice of pizza, pour yourself a glass of red wine, sit beside the Grand Canal with your legs dangling over the edge, and immerse yourself within the atmosphere, because you are in Venice alone. Travelling as a solo traveller can be hard when everyone around you is having a heated discussion about politics and the fine arts, or deciding what fabulous restaurant to go to for dinner. When all you can do is sit and twiddle with your thumbs. Trust me, solo travel doesn’t have to be this way, and you can end up having a more enriching time than most others in the city.
Travelling solo is based heavily on how you enjoy your personal company. If being alone isn’t something you’re good at, then sitting and twiddling your thumbs may just be the extent of your holiday. But if you know how to have a good time and keep yourself entertained by interacting with the locals, shopping, visiting museums and splurging on cheap pizza slices, then solo travel could be your new best friend.
Venice is known as the city of love and is one of Europe’s most romantic cities, so it is only natural to feel more alone here than in any other city. I was alone in Venice for three nights, staying in a female dorm and waking up at 7am every morning to get the most out of my days. I enjoyed taking myself out to breakfast, having a tea and writing in my journal. I would plan my day, and the best part was, it was my day. Feeling like you are one of the locals, is one of the best ways to enjoy the city to it’s full extent. And what better way to be a local than to do it totally by yourself?
Start off with heading over to a cafe and drinking the coffee like a local, one espresso shot and then you are out the door. On my first day, I enjoyed a croissant and a green tea as I sat beside a corner window with pink shades flung open to let in the Venetian sunlight. As I was scrolling through my Instagram feed, I observed and noticed the locals. Not one local sat down to enjoy their coffee, and I was quick to notice the only people actually sitting down was myself and an English family. In and out, shot and a croissant to go.
What to do
Museums: Spend the remainder of your days by taking things slow, and by visiting the Doge’s Palace, Museo Correr and the Porta della Carter, all truly inspirational museums and galleries.
Gondola: Venice’s canals are beautiful and picturesque, and what better way to see them than sitting upon a gondola. Whilst on your gondola ride, you will be taken back by history and famous landmarks that pass you by as your gondola driver will throw in some facts here and there. Make sure this is negotiated at the beginning of the ride. Sure this may just be about the most romantic thing you can possibly do in all of Italy, but who cares when you have a bottle of wine to yourself.
Window shop: There’s one thing you can not do with a partner by your side, and that is window shop. Enjoy this time to day dream about the clothes you could have within the endless maze of Venice alley ways and hidden markets scattered throughout.
Opera: No one to treat you to a night at the opera? Treat yourself and enjoy some Italian Opera at the Teatro La Fenice. Afterwards, perhaps, take yourself to midnight cafe before heading home – who knows, you may just run into the love of your life.
Gelato: Italian heat and an Italian gelato is the iconic duo. There is no place on Earth with gelato just like the Italians, and why not try as many flavours as you can whilst you walk up and down the canals. I know I did, and gelato is truly what happiness is made from.
Rialto Bridge: Possibly the busiest, liveliest and jam-packed place in all of Venice, is here, the Rialto Bridge. Not only are you offered incredible views of the Grand Canal from the bridge, but also you are offered markets selling on-the-spot portraits, masks, fine jewellery, hand made clothes, souvenirs and plenty more.