Rome, also known as the Eternal City, is the capital and largest city of Italy and the center of power, culture and religion.
Rome is full of wonderful palaces, churches, ruins and fountains, which makes it one of the world’s most visited and beautiful capitals. It attracts those interested in vibrant nightlife, shopping and fashion, as well as those who seek for mythology, religion, architecture and culture.
Warnings & Dangers in Rome
OVERALL RISK : LOW
Rome, as many cities in Italy, are overall safe, except of some petty crime, such as bag snatching, pick-pocketing and theft from cars. Thieves often work in groups to distract victims, pretending to ask for directions or dropping attractive items on the floor of the train. While you are trying to help him/her m, the other one will take your valuables.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM
The official taxis in Rome are white, and it is advisable not to negotiate the price for the city center. However, make sure your driver activates the meter. There are numerous unlicensed "taxi" drivers who will try their best to attract you to enter his/her car. Just ignore them. Driving to Rome is quite easy. However, a GPS or a good map is essential. Bear in mind that car theft is very common in Italy. There might be some risk while taking public transport and there are reports of thieves slashing tires at the red light in order to persuade drivers to pull over and get out of their cars after which they will take their valuables or purses from the car. Strikes occur frequently in the Italian capital, which can result in delays of public transport services.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH
Summer and autumn are periods when it is a peak tourist season in Rome, which increases the theft. Theft is particularly common on trains in Italy, including to and from Fiumicino Airport, near Rome. Thieves use a number of approaches to distract their victims.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW
When natural hazards are in question, earthquakes, volcanoes and forest fires might happen, but they do not represent a serious threat. Sometimes, heavy rains might bring storms and flooding.
MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM
There is a medium risk that the person can be mugged or kidnapped in Rome, so you need to pay attention to your surroundings. Public transport, buses, trains and metro, can be dangerous places especially at night.
TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM
Even though Rome was not attacked by terrorists recently, the Italian Government has reported that Italy is a potential target, so some security measures are in place in and around major tourist attractions. Targets of the terrorist might include public transport and public places frequented by foreigners.
SCAMS RISK : HIGH
Numerous scam risks exist in Rome, from “gold ring” tricks, fake petitions, credit card and ATM fraud. There have been reports that many tourists were deceived by the counterfeit European currency, so pay attention to the notes you receive in change. Spiked food or drink is a frequent scam in Rome, particularly around Termini station, tourist areas such as the Colosseum, and in bars and cafes near Campo dei Fiori and Piazza Navona. The aim of this scam is to take money from the victim. In some cases, victims have even been sexually assaulted.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
Rome is a heaven for solo female travelers, since there have not been incidents of serious assault against foreign women.
So... How Safe Is Rome Really?
All in all, Rome is generally a safe place. Travelers need to be watchful as in any other capital city, since there is very little violent crime, but plenty of scams and pickpocketing.
In order to make the city as safe as possible, there are Carabinieri, the military police and the Polizia, who can be found in the most visited tourist areas. They are very friendly and helpful. As a rule, you should never carry anything very valuable with you and keep an eye on your belongings all the time. What is very important is that not even hotel rooms are safe places for valuables unless they have a safe.
- Visas - Italy is party to the Schengen Convention, which means that people from many European countries can enter Italy without a visa if they stay less than 90 days. For visa and other entry requirements you can contact the nearest Embassy of Italy or visit their website.
- Currency - The greater city, the major costs is the normal situation around the world , as well as in Italy. Rome is not too expensive, but you will need at least 70 Euros daily.
- Weather - Summer, which lasts from June to August, is hot and sunny and this is the peak season when the tourists are in question. The temperature is 34 °C and sometimes it reaches even 38 °C. Autumn is mild and humid, with cloudy skies and rain. Winter lasts from December to February and it is quite mild, with the average temperature in January of 7.5 °C.
- Airports - Rome is served by two main international airports and those are Leonardo da Vinci/Fiumicino International Airport which is modern, large and well connected to the city center by public transport. Another one is G.B. Pastine/Ciampino International Airport, located to the southeast of the city.
- Travel Insurance - Travel insurance that covers any overseas medical costs, including medical evacuation, is necessary when traveling abroad. When Italy is concerned, mosquito-borne illnesses are present, and if it happen that you become infected, your travel insurance might save you money.