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Could I go to Italy alone??

Oh dear, I just did a very bad thing: I checked airfares to Italy and found out that I can fly over from Halifax this October for little more than $700...and yes, hard to believe but true, that even includes the return flight! (Actually it's two separate return tickets, $574 Halifax-London with Canadian Affair, then another $130 London-Pisa on EasyJet, but I don't mind booking two tickets.)

Oh this is not good...not good at all.

I do so want to spend more, more, more time in Florence, but...can I really afford it, that's the question.

I'd have bought the tickets already if only we weren't going to be tuition-poor with Ginger starting university this fall. (Not that I begrudge my beautiful daughter her education of course!)

Hmmm, but I do have a small investment kicking around from the days before I had a pension plan, and it is a-calling my name ("cash me", it cries, "CASH ME NOW AND BUY THAT PLANE TICKET!!!")

On the other hand, I'm not sure if I should go away so soon after Ginger starts university...what if she needs her mommy? (Ok, so that's probably just wishful thinking on my part!)

Waffle, waffle...

As further proof I'm slipping past the point of no return, I just checked out the apartment (Dante) we rented last summer, and yup, you guessed correctly...it's available in October.

I've also never travelled alone before, but have nobody to go with me right now. My sister isn't in a point in her life where travel is an option, my mom just got back from Spain so isn't interested in another trip so soon (plus I think she wants to take her next trip with her husband), Dave won't have enough vacation time since he just started a new job today...and I can't think of anyone in my circle of friends with both the money and the inclination to humour this whim of mine and come away with me.

Ahhhhh, what to do, what to do???? I guess you'll have to stay tuned for my decision...even I don't know which way it will go!

Here are some of the reasons I drift around the house heaving sighs of longing to return to Firenze...

Classic vista from Piazzale Michelangelo:

Breathtaking view of Santa Croce from atop the Duomo:

Lovely Santo Spirito in Oltrarno (which I haven't been inside yet):HPIM1955.JPG

Bargello statues:

Peaceful cloisters of Ognissanti:

Comments (7)


Anne, those are fantastic photos! Yikes -- now you're making me rethink MY plans: maybe I should drop Umbria and spend all my time in Florence instead of just a few days......

But that's off topic. In this woman's opinion, you should go!!!! That's an amazing airfare, I have never been able to get to Italy for under $1,000 return. Seriously, I don't think you'll ever get such a good rate. Before I saw your post, I was thinking I got a great deal for September at about $1,200 on Swiss Air, through Montreal and Zurich before I even get to Florence!

Are you a bit concerned about the solo element? It really is a different experience, but I love traveling alone. You can do exactly what you want, when you want, and you always meet people to talk with. And returning to an apartment and a city you know and love should ensure that your solo trip will be really great.

I think we can face a lot of pressures to put off "frills" like travel, but I also think it's really important to seize opportunities when they come along (like the urge to travel!) because the opportunities aren't always there.

It's a shame you wouldn't be traveling in September -- we could have had a great GTG in Firenze!


And that is such a cute apartment, I can't believe how inexpensive it is! I found I saved a lot of money in Rome in January with the apartment I rented, because I was able to eat some meals at home. I cooked a few dinners after a long day out, and several times I popped back for lunch because the apartment I rented was really central.(and I think I ate a bit more healthy than I usually do when faced with all of Italy's temptations!)

Go go go! Really, that is an amazing airfare, and the apartment sounds divine... Air fares will keep going up and up and up so this sounds like a great chance to go to Italy for a "reasonable" fare (I know it is still a lot of money, but relatively speaking!)

Traveling solo is fun and liberating - and I bet there will other slow travelers in Tuscany at the time, so you can plan a few meals or event with them. Good luck on your decision - and let us know!!!!

How exciting! I say, Go for it!

Sandra is right - traveling solo is wonderful. I did my first solo trip to Venice in spring 2004 - same situation in that no one else was available to go when I could go. I was a little nervous (but I read some good pep talks on the Slow Talk message board) and I ended up absolutely loving it, to the point now where I almost prefer traveling alone. My second solo trip this past December was a breeze after the first one.

And yes, these days I think it's a good idea to grab a bargain when you find one!

Ditto was everyone have said! Grab the opportunity to go - you'll have a wonderful time. I spent three months in Italy seven years ago traveling alone and had the time of my life. October in Florence is divine!


I also say go for it! I spent two weeks on my own in Paris a couple of years ago in a rented apartment, and I do believe it is one of, if not the best trips I've ever had!

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Anne, I say go for it too! That is such a great airfare (considering how gas prices have sky rocketed lately).

In addition to having complete flexibility, I also think it is easier to meet so many interesting people when you are a solo traveler. It's almost a conversation piece at times.

Florence is very beautiful. I look forward to reading more about your plans.

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