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Upperaltiger06
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Traveling and safety in Rome and Florence
My wife and I are traveling to Italy in mid- January. We've never travelled to Europe before and after seeing some news stories about violence perpetrated by migrants I'm a little concerned about picking an area to stay that is safe. Does anyone have any recent experience or a resource so that we can be sure to select a hotel in an area safe to travel around at night? We are looking at a hotel directly adjacent to the coliseum. If you know of any excellent hotels I would appreciate your advice.


TheOcean
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re: Traveling and safety in Rome and Florence
You're going to Italy, not a third world country.

Just don't be stupid. Hide your valuables. Have fun.


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bayoutiger225
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re: Traveling and safety in Rome and Florence
We stayed in AirBnB at both places and were totally fine. Just be yourself and try not to stick out.

Like any big city just have your wits about you and you'll be fine. Both cities are safe and you'll have a great time. Most Italians speak English as well in case you get lost or confused around the cities.

Have fun!


OleWarSkuleAlum
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re: Traveling and safety in Rome and Florence
Moslems everywhere. Keep your guard up and always be aware of your exits. Additionally secure your hotel room no matter where you stay following these methods...

LINK

LASTLY, make sure to set up several traps in your room. An app I like to use is called photo trap LINK.

Those are some of the most basic precautions you will need to take.


hungryone
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re: Traveling and safety in Rome and Florence
Everyone has a different perception of safety, but I have walked all over central Rome and Florence and never felt so much as remotely uncomfortable. Sure, there are pushy panhandlers and pickpockets, but common street sense will steer you clear of the usual scams (unless you're a complete rube).

Hotels: in Rome, many of the better chain hotels are inconveniently located. Frankly, I'd pick a well situated air b n b over a hotel in Rome. Another option to consider in Italy is a religious guest house...often located in incredible buildings at pretty good rates and include simple breakfasts.


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13SaintTiger
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re: Traveling and safety in Rome and Florence
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Moslems everywhere.


I didn't see one Muslim while I was in Rome or Florence.

OP, Rome and Florence are safer than or as safe as wherever you are in Northern Alabama. Enjoy yourself.


VABuckeye
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re: Traveling and safety in Rome and Florence
Good lord. I felt extremely safe in Italy. Live your life.


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DoUrden
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re: Traveling and safety in Rome and Florence
It's been a while but when I lived in Sicily personal crime was non-existant, you could let your kids play in the street all night, BUT they are some thieving bastards! I had two houses robbed and they were so thorough they went through the damn sugar bowl.

Vespa bandits, two on it and they drive by and if you have anything laying in the seat they drive up, drop one off, come back and stop in front of you, the other tries the door handle or breaks the window, and off they go.
This post was edited on 10/4 at 10:02 pm


Zappas Stache
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re: Traveling and safety in Rome and Florence
Jeezus and Josephine....... being in any big american city is infinitely more dangerous than any big euro city.
This post was edited on 10/4 at 10:36 pm


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lionward2014
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re: Traveling and safety in Rome and Florence
I was in Florence last week and I felt safe as could be, even wandering through little alleyways at midnight walking home. As far as the big tourists areas they had armed police/army guys walking around patrolling. I've felt more unsafe in New Orleans (all OT jokes aside) than I did in Florence. We stayed at an airbnb in Santa Croce and it was perfect. Lots of Antifa graffiti though (overcorrecting from the 1940's I guess).

Haven't been to Rome in 10 years, but I'm sure it's a a little more pickpockety but no one is going to rob you at gun point.


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geauxpurple
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re: Traveling and safety in Rome and Florence
I have been to Rome several times in recent years and am going back to Venice in the spring. In Rome, we stay in the Campo di Fiore / Piazza Navona / Pantheon area. We would walk the streets until after midnight every night and never felt unsafe. There is plenty of nightlife and the pedestrians seemed pretty classy. We felt much safer than we would have walking in my home town of NOLA late at night. I know that is not setting the bar very high, but we were commenting on how safe we felt. Same in Venice. The musicians will be playing on St. Mark's Square and the beaten path will seem very safe at night. I like to explore the back streets in the neighborhoods, but in the daytime. Of course, safeguard your belongings wherever you go. If you are looking for hotel recs in Rome, the last time we were there we stayed at the Hotel Teatro di Pompeo near Campo di Fiore and enjoyed it. The time before we stayed at the Nazionale which is on the same square the Italian Parliament building is on. In Venice we are staying at the Cavaliere near the Rialto Bridge.


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Jackalope
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re: Traveling and safety in Rome and Florence
DoUrden, where in Sicily and what years?


Jackalope
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re: Traveling and safety in Rome and Florence
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try not to stick out.


Well that means he can't wear his shorts and ball cap!


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BlueSharpie
Member since Nov 2015
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re: Traveling and safety in Rome and Florence
We (husband, me, 3 elementary aged kids) visited both cities in July, walked pretty much everywhere, and always felt safe. We stayed in apartments rented via vrbo or FlipKey. In Florence, we were across the street from the Academia. In Rome, we stayed in a residential area right by Piazza Navona.
The only really sketchy area I remember encountering was the area immediately around Termini train station in Rome. I wouldn’t have felt comfortable staying there.


hungryone
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re: Traveling and safety in Rome and Florence
Agree that the area around Termini can be sketchy, esp at night. But during the day, it's a hive of activity, and also home to the huge Mercato Esquilino, a very busy and very Roman food market, practically the only place in Rome to find things like lemongrass and cilantro (plus plenty of Italian produce, too).

The historic city center of Rome grows more tourist-theme-park-y with every passing year, and it has fewer residents and "real" Roman culture. Still, if you're going there to see the sights, the Centro Storico is the place to be. I'm partial to the old Jewish Ghetto neighborhood, where the Hotel Monte Cenci is located. Close to the center, but not so close as to be constantly clogged by organized tour groups. Decent bakeries and food shops nearby, just off of the tram line running up via Arenula from Trastevere station (so an easy enough connection from the airport on public transit).


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juice4lsu
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re: Traveling and safety in Rome and Florence
Italy is far more safe than we are here. The reason they make a huge deal about pick pockets is because there is literally no other crime.


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DoUrden
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re: Traveling and safety in Rome and Florence
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DoUrden, where in Sicily and what years


93-95, I lived in a villagio off of Siracusa highway


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20MuleTeam
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re: Traveling and safety in Rome and Florence
Dude we need people with your attitudes to just stay home and not embarrass us over seas


Civildawg
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re: Traveling and safety in Rome and Florence
Keep a hand on your purse/wallet at all times on the bus lines. My wife got pickpocketed by a little 7 year old girl while we were crammed in a bus. I caught the girl luckily.


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Upperaltiger06
Auburn Fan
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re: Traveling and safety in Rome and Florence
How am I an embarrassment?


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