People are always asking me if it is safe to visit Italy? People ask things about the crime rate, murder rate, Covid-19 etc.
I reply that Italy is one of the safest countries on earth.
If you look at the homicide rate per year per 100,000 inhabitants (based on the official statistics on Wikipedia) you will see how safe Italy is:
Even with Covid -19 (the Coronavirus) Italy proved to be highly effective.
After a few difficult months, Italy's response was one of the most effective in the world. Italy brought the disease under control quickly. Even the second wave of late October through December 2020 was quickly contained.
How did they manage to get the coronavirus under control so effectively?
Well, firstly Italians work together, care for their communities and respect the elderly. In many ways the community comes before the individual.
That means that if they think something might help others to stay safe, particularly the elderly, they will do it. Regardless of what the politicians have to say.
To Italians it is just common sense.
I guess that's why most Italians wear masks without having to be forced.
In Italy there is a terrifyingly efficient security apparatus. Forget Big Brother... this is far more effective.
Nothing in the neighborhood goes unseen, nothing goes unreported. Your secrets are known, your movements are being watched.
It is called the NSA (Nonna Surveillance Agency). It operates in cities, towns, villages... everywhere! Step out of line and you will be caught and dealt with.
The good news is that thanks to this system you can travel to Italy with peace of mind. It is because of the Nonna Surveillance Agency that Italy is one of the safest destinations in the world to travel to.
I get asked this so often. My advice is to not worry - the south of Italy has some of the lowest violent crime rates on earth. We actually provided a detailed response to the southern Italy crime myth, and other false stereotypes about the south, you can read our article here.