Florence (or Firenze, as called by Italians), was the capital of the Renaissance : it was Europe’s political, cultural and economical center in the 15th century. Dante, Galileo, Petrarch, the Medicis and many others lived in the architectural gem that is Florence. Discover the city’s history through its famous art museums and churches, or go shopping at the San Lorenzo market -where it is customary to bargain the prices.
Although the city is very safe even for women travelling alone, Florence is very touristic all year long and therefore attracts its fair share of pickpockets and purse snatchers, particularly around the train station.
SafeAround will allow you to see on a map the city’s safest and most dangerous neighborhoods and areas, details on scams and other risks, as well as some useful travel advice.
The historical centre of Florence is based around two Piazzas (squares) where most of the historical sights can be found. The Palazzio Vecchio and the famous Galeria degli Uffizi. There are some active groups of pickpockets in the area, and some thieves work as fake beggars to distract your attention and snatch your purse.
The area around San Lorenzo, Florence’s most important basilica, is the Medici quarters of the city (where the Medici Palazzo can be found.
Warnings & Dangers
OVERAL RISK: LOW
Florence is a very safe city, but has some pickpocket issues. With a rating of 78% Italy, is ranked 34th out of 162 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous countries.
PICKPOCKETS RISK: HIGH
As a top touristic destination, there is a high pickpocket risk in Florence. A few simple precautions will minimize your chances of being pickpocketed. Take a look at the map for most frequent pickpockets locations.
MUGGING & KIDNAPPING RISK: LOW
Florence is a safe city regarding mugging and kidnapping risks, although some areas are best to be avoided at night.
SCAMS RISK: MEDIUM
As in any touristic place, there may be people trying to scam you in Florence. Be aware of “gold ring” tricks, fake petitions, groups of teenagers acting strangely or trying to distract you; and people offering help with your luggage.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK: MEDIUM
There might be some risk while taking public transport in Florence, and fake taxis can be an issue sometimes.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK: LOW
There can be some rare natural hazards (earthquakes) in Italy.
TERRORISM RISK: MEDIUM
Florence has not recently been targeted by terrorist attacks, but it is best to stay alert.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK: LOW
Florence is generally very safe for women travelers.
Avoid Being A Victim! 10 Tips for Your Personal Safety
It is best to carry a small bag across your shoulder or wear a concealed pouch rather than a back pack
Carry as little cash as you can
Don’t keep your wallet in your back pocket
Beware of individuals who act strangely and who try to divert your attention in order to steal your belongings.
Pay special attention while seating on restaurants and café terraces, when you are withdrawing money from ATMs or near tourist attractions
Never keep your mobile phone or wallet on the table of a café or restaurant.
Don’t wear expensive jewellery in an ostentatious way
If an attacker tries to snatch your bag, don’t try to stop them as you will risk being injured
Thieves commonly work near tourist attractions such as museums, monuments, restaurants, hotels, beaches, trains, train stations, airports, subways and target vehicles with non-local license plates.
Most but not all of pickpockets work in groups, often as teenagers
The currency in Italy and most of Europe is the Euro. Italy is cheaper than other European countries, but the costs can add up in the main cities. Allow a budget of at least 70€ per day including accommodation.