Solo on New Year’s Eve doesn’t mean you have to be alone. Head to Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast and you won’t be disappointed. New Year’s Eve, or Capodanno as the Italians call it, is one of those holidays where everyone who’s “coupled” makes solo travelers feel awful. Yet, life is what you make it and if you’re single then it’s so much easier to fly solo, without ties to anything or anyone, nor have the need to ask anyone’s permission.
Permit yourself to enjoy this holiday and all that Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast have to offer. The big hotels all plan big gala dinners. Now, that might be intimidating, or even downright annoying, for a solo traveler, so here’s what I suggest if you’re coming from the U.S.:
Fly into Rome on Christmas Day and home from Naples on New Year’s Day. Airfare is much higher this year and the round-trip is running about $1,300 from NY.
Spend 2-3 days exploring Christmas in Rome and be sure to stop at the Piazza Navona Christmas Market. Then head south by train or bus on the 28th or 29th. Make sure you book yourself a room with a view of the Bay of Naples. The amateur fireworks, which last into the wee hours of 3-4am, are unparalleled.
If you’re on a budget then stay at one of many B & Bs in the heart of Sorrento…or a centrally located hotel, such as the Hotel Antiche Mura, Hotel Plaza or Villa di Sorrento Hotel which are just steps away from Piazza Tasso. That way you can enjoy the fireworks right from the Piazza, with everyone else, and not pay a hefty price for a seaview room. Believe me when I tell you that you will not feel out of place or alone.
If visiting the Amalfi Coast for the first time then you must take a day trip to Pompei (by train or bus from Sorrento) and down to Amalfi (also by bus from Sorrento). Bypass Capri this trip. It is dead in winter and quite lonely. You don’t need that when you want to energize and celebrate the coming year. Besides, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to visit the Blue Grotto because the seas are so unpredictable at that time of year.
All of the villages along the Sorrentine Peninsula and Amalfi Coast are bedecked in Christmas lights, making this sea-blue paradise look like fairyland. It’s a magical place at this time of year. Indulge your every whim. Make this your holiday present to yourself because you deserve it.