• Posted:Thursday, May 13, 2010
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Travel alone in Florence

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Travel alone in Florence
Travelling alone can sometimes not be a lot of fun, it has to be said, but most of the time I actually prefer it and one place where I really enjoyed my own company – no offence to my long-suffering girlfriend – was in my hostel in Florence.

I met some lovely people who told me about fantastic sights they had seen in the city and it was great to have a recommendation from a living being rather than a book! Although, these do serve their purpose as well.

One of the places I was recommended to visit in the Italian city was the Church of Santa Croce, which was the same for Rick Steves, who writes for Tribune Media Services, another lone-wolf traveller.

I went to see the building and oh my, it was an impressive structure. I reckon art lovers should definitely check it out as it is the burial site of Michelangelo, Rossini and Machiavelli – all complete legendary figures in their own right.

People who remember the great flood of Florence in 1966 – which isn't me of course, I'm far too young for any of that – will be quite interested to see that the building still has the tide marks on the walls and pillars.

But there are plenty of other places to go in the city and travelling alone isn't as daunting as you might think, it can be far more informative for a start.

And Mr Steves agrees: "When you're with a companion, it's easy to focus on that person and forget about meeting Europeans and other travellers.

"Without the comfortable crutch of a friend, you're more likely to know the joys of self-discovery and the pleasures found in the kindness of strangers. You'll be exploring yourself, as well as a new country and culture."

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