To travel solo needs more careful preparation and planning. It sure can be a daunting prospect for a woman traveler. One will need to consider a lot of the loneliness of traveling alone or the difficulties of a foreign language. Tuscany makes for an excellent destination for solo travelers. The best thing about Tuscany is that it caters to all kinds of travelers no matter what budget and preferences. One could spend hundreds on a luxury villa or get a very affordable option when they rent a villa in Tuscany. You can do all that you want, and this is what makes Tuscany great. Just keep in mind that Tuscany isn’t easy to travel without a car, so, a lot will depend on which part of Tuscany you plan to visit.
Tuscany is famous for its Renaissance cities as well as the stunning countryside. It is dotted with ancient cities such as Florence, Lucca, Siena along with the medieval hilltop villages, vineyards, and olive groves. Relax and indulge in this truly wonderful holiday, even if you are alone and taste the wine and the region’s specialties. When traveling solo, one can certainly maximize the opportunities to soak up the culture, history, and atmosphere of a place. It is your chance to see the popular attractions as well as the lesser-known ones.
Florence with plentiful to see and explore
Florence makes a good base for the budget-conscious travelers. There are plenty of choices for lodging and dining. It is easy to go just about anywhere as it is the hub of the region’s transport network. Accommodation may not be very cheap, but one can always haggle and get a great value. One can see fantastic art for nothing in the city churches. There are multiple versions of the Last Supper in the city. The Uffizi and Accademia can be free on your birthday. Skip the Guccis and Ferragamos for shopping, s, and head for the flea market in Piazza dei Ciompi.
A wine tour of Chianti
Explore the vine-cloaked backroads and travel by a public bus or hire a car. Fortunately, there is a bus route for the most famous wine road in Tuscany. Get fabulous views of the Conca d’Oro towards the south of the village and at one of the Winelands’ most picturesque tracts. Chianti’s “capital” Greve is a triangular piazza.
Piazza Santo Spirito
Piazza Santo Spirito is a favorite spot in Florence, and it is located on the other side of the river. It is famous for its numerous galleries, creative art scene, and tiny restaurants. One can enjoy their time alone here, and watch the locals enjoying their drinks. You can sit out in front of a beautiful church and enjoy your cold beer and some peaceful moments.
Central Tuscan hills
The central Tuscan region is impossible to miss and is like a tourist magnet. One can easily get direct buses to the region and get to see the San Gimignano’s church with a frescoed apse by Florentine Benozzo Gozzoli. Enjoy great views of the San Gim’s towers and later walk behind the Collegiata towards the ruined Rocca amidst the vine-clad hills. There are decent food and lodging here.
The vineyards of the south‑east
You are about to hit one of the most scenic bit of Tuscany towards the south‑east. Enjoy looking at the monastery of Monte Oliveto Maggiore with Signorelli and Sodoma frescoes. One can even stay in a private room with peaceful gardens. Montalcino, Pienza and Brunello wine tasting tours are very popular. The countryside is strewn with vineyards, orchards, and olive groves. Just taste the Brunello wine in a local winery before heading for the nearby village of Pienza. The wine is always followed by a light lunch.
Spend some time at a farm
Most many solo travelers spend some time at a sheep farm. They can wealth the owners running a small dairy and making cheese. One can take a closer look at those farm animals and see how they are milked and how the chess is made. It is indeed a unique experience. As a solo traveler, one will indeed relish the freedom of being on a farm and creating new experiences. While a farm stay may not be the easiest of vacations as it can be physically demanding, it is indeed a great way to experience the local rural life in Tuscany.
The “Chocolate Valley” of Tuscany
Take out time to visit one of the Tuscan artisan chocolate producers and get to taste some of the best Italian chocolate masters. Enlace the taste when sampling the chocolates with local wines. The Chocolate Valley is placed between Prato, Pisa, and Pistoia and it is here where you are likely to encounter the highest quality chocolate shops. Many of those shops still follow ancient techniques of chocolate production and serve delicious treats in a stylish environment.
Eating alone or solo is not uncommon in Europe. It is neither considered awkward or abnormal, and most people do it all the time. Many people spend some time in the corner cafes for an early dinner before heading home. Thus, most probably, you are likely to feel very comfortable dining on your own in Tuscany. While traveling alone is a cool idea, it can get lonely sometimes in the evening. It is a good idea to join a cooking class and meet new people.