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Is It Safe to Travel To Italy? Updated for 2024

People are always asking me if it is safe to visit Italy. People ask things about the crime rate in Italy, the murder rate, 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:

  • Mexico: 29.07 per 100,000
  • Brazil: 27.38 per 100,000
  • USA: 4.96 per 100,000
  • UK: 1.20 per 100,000
  • Sweden: 1.08 per 100,000
  • Australia: 089 per 100,00
  • Italy: 0.57 per 100,000

Violent crime of any sort is extremely rare anywhere in Italy, including places like Sicily and CalabriaOf course, in big cities like Milan, Rome, and Naples, there are a few neighborhoods you'll want to avoid, as there are in most of the big cities in the world. In smaller towns, you will struggle to find anywhere on earth that feels safer.

Petty crime, mostly pickpocketing, can be an issue, and it is the one crime you need to be aware of as a tourist. The main areas of risk are stations, buses, and busy trains in the cities, as well as crowded tourist spots.

I frequently guide our supporters regarding particular neighborhoods to exercise caution in when visiting cities. If you are a supporteryou're encouraged to check in with us before your travels. We will inform you about any hotspots in the area you plan to visit and provide you with a few simple steps to help prevent pickpocketing.

Also, in some cities, particularly Naples, you may feel more comfortable if you explore the city on foot with a local guide.

Why is Italy so Safe?

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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, and your movements are being watched.

It is called the NSA (Nonna Surveillance Agency). It operates in cities, towns, villages, and 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.

Important Tips on How to Stay Safe in Italy

Keep valuables secure.

Avoid displaying valuable items such as expensive jewelry, cameras, or large amounts of cash in public. Use a money belt or a secure travel wallet to keep important documents like passports and credit cards safe.

Stay alert on public transportation:

Be vigilant on public transportation, such as buses and trains. Watch for suspicious behavior and be cautious with your belongings, particularly in crowded spaces.

Beware of distraction tactics:

Be cautious of individuals attempting to distract you, especially in crowded places or tourist attractions. Scammers may work in pairs, with one creating a diversion while the other attempts to pickpocket or engage in fraudulent activities.

Respect local driving practices:

If you plan to drive, familiarize yourself with local driving practices and road signs. Italy is known for its enthusiastic drivers, so exercise caution and adhere to traffic rules to ensure your safety on the roads. Read my guide to driving in Italy before you go.

Beware of Unofficial Guides:

When exploring historical sites or landmarks, use official guides provided by reputable tour companies. Avoid engaging with unofficial guides who may not be authorized, as they might not provide accurate information and could potentially lead you into unsafe situations.

Guard Against Food and Drink Fraud:

Be cautious when dining out. Avoid restaurants that seem overly aggressive in attracting tourists, and be wary of scams related to menu pricing. Check your bill to ensure accuracy, and never leave your drink unattended to prevent the risk of tampering. You'll find some of the restaurants I trust in Venice here.

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What about the south of Italy? What about the mafia?

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, and petty crime is low too, except in the big cities like Naples, Palermo, Bari, Reggio Calabria, and Catania. For a detailed response to the southern Italy crime myth and to some of the other false stereotypes about the south, click here.

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