Hi everyone. I’m planning a solo trip to Florence. I’m flexible with the dates and length of trip, but I’m thinking early April for 7-8 days. I’m not a big fan of museums, so I’ll probably just go to either Uffizi or Accademia, and I’d like to climb the Duomo tower if possible and maybe see their museum. Mostly I want to just wander all the streets, both touristy areas and smaller areas and hike up to the city overlooks as well and just take in the culture. I’m thinking of doing day trips to Lucca, Sienna and maybe Pistoia.
I’m thinking it might make most sense to fly into Rome, catch the train to Florence, then maybe spend a few days in Rome before flying home. I’ve been to Florence years ago, but never Rome so I’ve got to research that as well. I’d like to stay somewhere safe, clean, with WiFi and near the hustle and bustle of the city. A hostel with private rooms and baths, a modest hotel or a B&B would be fine.
My biggest concern right now is that I’ve never traveled internationally on my own. I’ve never booked my own flights or reserved tickets for events myself. I’m used to doing everyday things on my own, so wandering through museums or shopping or dining alone isn’t an issue. It’s the logistics that have me nervous. How much should I pay for my flights (I’m near Baltimore/Washington so I can use any of the three major airports in this area), how can I be sure I get on the right train or bus, that sort of thing.
From what I’ve seen, the people here have offered good advice to others, so I’m hoping you can help me as well. Thank you in advance for any guidance you can offer.