Venice is perhaps one of Italy’s most iconic city, famous for being built on a lagoon and where boats, not cars, are the primary mean of transportation. With over 20 millions tourists every year (over 60,000 per day – more than the city’s population), the city offers a huge amount of sights including palaces, towers, squares, and the world famous Carnival.
Although the city is safe even, the touristic center 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 San Marco square hosts the San Marco Basilica, and is close to the Rialto bridge, Venice’s most famous landmark. It is therefore one of the city’s most visited areas, and one of the most expensive. There are numerous reports of pickpockets in this area, keep your valuables out of sight (in a hidden pocket for example).
The North part of Venice is probably where you’ll arrive by train or boat. It is not a very charming neighborhood touristic-wise, but it is where the cheapest hotels and restaurants can be found.
The area is very safe, but some pickpockets target the Santa Lucia Train Station.
Castello & San Polo
These areas are a mix of residential and luxury accommodations, all around the Rialto. The Rialto market is the most famous in the city, and some good restaurants (as well as tourist traps) can be found in the area. As in all Venice, it is safe, but pickpockets and scammers will roam in the area.
Warnings & Dangers
OVERAL RISK: LOW
Venice is a very safe city. 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 Venice. 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: MEDIUM
Venice 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 Venice. 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
Transports and taxis are generally very safe in Venice. Don’t fall from the gondolas!
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK: MEDIUM
There are frequent floods “Aqua Alta”, especially during winter or when heavy rain falls, which can result in some places of the city being closed.
TERRORISM RISK: MEDIUM
Venice has not recently been targeted by terrorist attacks, but it is best to stay alert.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK: LOW
Venice 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.