Italy’s capital and most famous city, Rome is the famous center of the Roman Empire, home of the catholic church (with the Vatican) and the historical center of Italy. With its seven hills upon which many old churches, roman ruins and baroque fountains can be found, Rome is a truly magical city with a growing nightlife and food scene.
Although the 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.
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 Rome is full of beautiful squares, old churches, the Pantheon, and a lot of restaurants, ice-cream and pizza parlors around the Tiber river. The Isola Tiberina is a small island which can be visited through a stone bridge. There are some pickpockets near the Pantheon area, and sometimes people will stand outside churches asking for an entrance fee : don’t fall for this, as all churches in Rome are free of charge.
Ancient Rome & Colosseum
South of the historical center can be found the heart of ancient Rome, with the Colosseum, the Palatine Hill, the forums.. The whole area is like an open-air museum. A lot of pickpockets and bag snatchers operate in the area, which is the most touristic of the city. There is a great police presence, but pickpockets often outsmart them. Consider wearing a money belt.
There is also some street performers -often dressed up as roman fighters- around the Colosseum, which will ask you for money if you take a picture of them; and fake plainclothes policemen asking for money have been spotted too.
Tridente & Trevi
Tridente is Rome’s most famous upscale shopping neighborhood. The Spanish Steps and Piazza di Spagna are very famous among tourists, and are very near to the illustrious Trevi Fountain. The Spanish Steps and Trevi fountains are notorious pickpocket hotspots, so keep all your valuables with you. There are scammers trying to tie bracelets around your hand and then asking for money (up to 20€) to take it off.
The center of the Catholic Church and the smallest country in the world is only a few streets away from the center of Rome. Around St. Peter’s square is one of Rome’s finest museum, the Vatican Museum. Although very safe, pickpockets often enter the Vatican in order to take advantage of tourists. Also, organised “Scam” tours organizers are known to wait tourists outside the metro station and offer “line-cutting” tickets while no such thing exists.
Warnings & Dangers
OVERAL RISK: LOW
Rome 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 Rome. A few simple precautions will minimize your chances of being pickpocketed.
MUGGING & KIDNAPPING RISK: MEDIUM
Rome is an averagely safe city regarding the chances of being mugged or kidnapped. Be aware of dangerous zones by asking local advice.
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 Rome. 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 Rome, 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
Rome has not recently been targeted by terrorist attacks, but it is best to stay alert.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK: LOW
Rome 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.