Europe’s fashion capital is also Italy’s economic and financial center. While some parts of the city have been destroyed during WW2, the modern aspects of certain parts of the city still hides some historical gems : the Duomo Cathedral, the Scala theatre, the Pirelli Tower.. It is also in Milan that travelers can admire one of Da Vinci’s most famous paintings, The Last Supper.
Although the center city is very safe even for women travelling alone, some areas attracts a lot of pickpockets and crooks who take advantage of the crowds on the city’s streets. Some neighborhoods outstide the city are best avoided.
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 city center is organized around the Duomo, the huge gothic cathedral, on a main square (Piazza Del Duomo). There are also art galleries, museums, the Scala Opera and shopping malls in the area. There are also a lot of accommodation options in the area.
There are some pickpockets, scammers (the scame where they tie a wristband around your hand and ask you 20€ to remove it) and street vendors selling counterfeit luxury goods. Know that, on top of being of poor quality, you can get fined up to 300,000€.
There also are some scams at the center of the Duomo where people will give you ‘free’ corn to feed pigeons, and then ask you for some money.
Brera & Montenapole
The exclusive Brera district is know for its high-end fashion stores and famed art galleries. The Montenapole area is truly the fashion heart of Milan, where italian brands like Valentino, Armani or Versace have their stores. There is a large police presence in the area but some pickpockets still operate in the area, as well as bag-snatchers.
North of the Duomo, the Central station is the main gateway to Milan. It is situated in a busy neighborhood with a huge concept store, the 10 Corso Como. Is it a sketchy area at night and is best avoided.
Warnings & Dangers
OVERAL RISK: LOW
Milan 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: MEDIUM
There is some pickpocket-related risk in Milan. 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
Milan is a safe city regarding mugging and kidnapping risks, although some areas are best to be avoided at night.
SCAMS RISK: HIGH
There are a lot of scammers and con-artists trying to take advantage of tourists, particularly in large cities and around major landmarks in Milan. 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 Milan, 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
Milan has not recently been targeted by terrorist attacks, but it is best to stay alert.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK: LOW
Milan 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.