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YankeeDoodle
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re: Traveling and safety in Rome and Florence
Only weird part for me was shaking off the beggars and people trying to sell me selfie sticks.

After a day or so though I was a pro at turning them down.


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20MuleTeam
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re: Traveling and safety in Rome and Florence
Worried about immigrants in Rome randomly attacking people is ridiculous


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poochie
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Member since Apr 2007
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re: Traveling and safety in Rome and Florence
Hey OP, I understand your concerns. I’m a good ole baw from the south and see a lot of bad stuff on the news. I went to Rome/Florenc/Pisa/Venice with my pregnant wife in April. I was nervous. Went to rome first, we walked a lot and I kept pretty much everything of value on me (Computer, phone, all documentation, etc) in a really secure back pack that I had strapped to myself. It was a pain but I was nervous. I wouldn’t leave anything in my hotel room. By the time we got to venice all I kept on me was my phone and the room keys. Just left everything else in the room. There’s really no need to be nervous.

Just be aware of your situation. We walked all over Rome and never felt scared. In Florence we were walking around at night on low lighted streets (sometimes we were the only ones on the street) and I never felt scared. In Rome the touristy places are crowded and no doubt there are some predators around. Just be aware of yourself and your surroundings and you’ll be fine.

Have a blast, I am truly jealous. We have to go back because my wife couldn’t drink while we were there. That’s our excuse to go back, HA!

Also, in Rome get an Airbnb or hotel in trastevere. It’s what you imagine Rome to be. I wouldn’t stay near the colosseum just because it’s so touristy and crowded.



Here's a link to my trip planning thread.

http://www.tigerdroppings.com/rant/travel/t-zero-days-until-italy-final-logistics-to-do-list/69633782/


AlceeFortier
Member since Dec 2016
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re: Traveling and safety in Rome and Florence
We stayed near via del corso in rome and it was fine. This is a central main area near everything you will want to see. We walked all over and felt safe. Use common sense. Safety wallet and secure purse that is not easily opened. The only factor that is unsafe is crossing the street. The scooters and cabs haul arse and come from all directions. The bus mirrors hang over the curbs and you need to be aware since the streets are narrow. In florence there were gypsies. Just keep away from them and dont fall for scams. They will hand you a flower or beads and accost you for money. While you are arguing with them another will come from behind and look for an opportunity to get your wallet or phone or camera. Dont give anyone your luggage if getting on or off a train. The porters are probably gypsies and bye bye luggage.


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Ham And Glass
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re: Traveling and safety in Rome and Florence
Trastevere, especially if you can stay relatively close to the Tiber, is good advice. It's walkable, especially at night, and just has a different feel. Most of the area around Colosseum is fine, but its chaotic. I personally wouldn't want to stay there or near Termini.


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Globetrotter747
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re: Traveling and safety in Rome and Florence
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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.


I have been to both Rome and Florence. You shouldn't feel any more concerned in those cities than a major American city. Neither has anywhere near the dense urban feel of New York or Chicago. There are also a lot armed soldiers (I'm talking full military gear with fingers on triggers) around the major tourist areas like the Colosseum and the Vatican.

When I was in Rome I stayed at a hotel near Termini, the major train station. It wasn't the nicest place or area in the city, but I had a very early departure to Florence after my Rome stay and wanted to be within walking distance of the station.

It was a great trip.
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mt1
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re: Traveling and safety in Rome and Florence
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When I was in Rome I stayed at a hotel near Termini, the major train station. It wasn't the nicest place or area in the city, but I had a very early departure to Florence after my Rome stay and wanted to be within walking distance of the station.


Did the same with our family of 4 (2 children under 13) in 2014. In front of Termini is the bus hub. The Vatican was about a 15 min bus ride. Watch out for the gypsys and Indian/Pakistani guys trying to sell you flowers.

The Africa guys selling leather goods by the Vatican didn't give us any trouble. Leaving the security gate around the Eiffel tower last November was a different story.


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LuckySo-n-So
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Member since Jul 2005
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re: Traveling and safety in Rome and Florence
Try to avoid the #64 bus in Rome. Every Travel Guide mentions the 64 bus. It is crammed to the gills and is a haven for pickpockets.

I warned my dad over and over, but he got pickpocketed on the 64 bus a couple years ago.

Otherwise, like others have said, keep alert, don't let a large group of small kids surround you, and if a "stranger" stops to talk to you, immediately put your hand on your wallet and be prepared to bolt.

You can wave off the gypsies with a simple hand gesture. They may curse at you in a Balkan language (which is quite funny--makes for a good story), but no harm, no foul.

And EAT GELATO EVERY DAY!!!

Have a great trip!
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