Rome … The Eternal City … the Italian capital city … a brilliant place for an exciting trip! Crammed with things to do and see, it is no wonder that Rome is one of the most popular cities for travellers in Europe. There are fascinating ancient sites that date back to the times when Rome was at the heart of one of the mightiest civilizations on the planet – the powerful Roman Empire. As well as the big names of the Colosseum and Pantheon there are numerous more sites, each offering a glimpse into the past. There are many churches in Rome – it is at the centre of the Catholic faith and the gorgeous basilicas, cathedrals, churches, and monasteries are well worth more than a fleeting glimpse. Spectacular art abounds, and there is a plethora of museums and art galleries to visit.
Although typically a safe city, there are a few risks that one should be aware of. There are also some common scams that it pays to watch out for.
Follow these tips for staying safe in Rome and for a wonderful trip:
Avoid Termini Station at Night
Although most travellers pass through without incident, there have been a few attacks, including those of a sexual nature, around the station. It is recommended that people travelling alone, especially females, avoid this station when possible. There is more of a risk in the night time.
Watch Out for Pickpockets
Pickpocketing is rife in Rome – where there are tourists there will generally be thieves! Try not to look like a tourist in the first place – this makes you less of a target. Keep your camera hidden, and make sure that your money is in a difficult to reach place. Avoid carrying around large amounts of cash, and try and spread it between a few different places if possible – this means that if you are a victim of pickpocketing that you aren’t stranded with nothing and with no way to get back to your hotel. It is fairly common today for pickpockets to work in groups – a common ploy is for one person to try and distract you whilst another goes through your things – be cautious!
Check Currency Exchange Terms
There are many places around Rome where you can exchange money, but make sure that you check the terms – some places add a whopping service charge to the total fee, leaving you pretty out of pocket. For the best deals, stick to the banks.
Play Safe on Derby Day
If you’re around when the two rival football teams are playing against each other, it’s recommended that you don’t wear a shirt that shows support to either club. Although this probably wouldn’t result in violence, you could get a bit of hassle.
Say No to Bracelets
A common scam is for people to approach you with a “gift” – and start tying bracelets on your arm. They will then demand a substantial amount of money for each bracelet. To avoid any unpleasant situations, don’t let anyone tie anything on your wrist in the first place!
With just a bit of common sense and following these tips for safety in Rome, you should have a perfect trip to remember for all the right reasons!