Generally, Italy is a safe place for travelers. And one of our favorite places to visit!
Here's what you need to know about safety in Italy, including updates about the COVID pandemic.
When will it be safe to travel to Italy? Do Americans need a lot of paperwork to visit Italy? These are common questions right now because of COVID.
Here's the latest:
Both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers from the United States are permitted to enter Italy without a negative COVID test or proof of recovery.
Once you’ve arrived, you’ll need to check and follow the COVID-19 rules in Italy. A local can help. Right now, the only nationwide requirement to keep in mind is that FFP2 masks are required on public transportation and in healthcare settings.
Don’t take our word for it—check out the data! Italy’s crime rate has been in a consistent freefall since 2010.
Plus, you’re never far from a police officer: Italy has 550 officers per 100,000 people, which means it’s 9th in the world in terms of police presence. For context, the US is ranked 45th.
That means you can explore Italy's incredible places to visit without having to worry much about safety.
You'll find plenty of fantastic things to do in Italy for solo travelers—from sipping an Aperol spritz outside a cafe, to enjoying Italy's world-class museums, to simply wandering through the historic streets of Rome.
And locals tell us that, on the whole, Italy is a safe place for anyone traveling by themselves. They provided these tips for solo female travelers:
Solo travelers can benefit greatly from local advice. Our trip planners are Italian locals (many of which are Italian women) who are happy to share how they navigate their country safely. They can let you know about the best places to visit in Italy as a solo traveler, and which you may want to avoid.
There are plenty of wonderful things to do in Italy, so don't let a scammer ruin your trip.
Stay safe with local insights—locals tell us to keep an eye out for these common scams:
Locals add to beware of people stopping you for surveys, asking for donations, or even “accidentally” spilling something on or tripping into you. If any of the above situations or something similar happens to you in Italy, be extra cautious, keep moving, and don’t engage.
In general, locals also say to keep an eye on your belongings, especially in crowded areas or public transit.
If you're in Rome, store your suitcase in one of LuggageHero's Rome locations. They have fifty spots all over the city, and this can reduce the risk of bag-snatching.
If you’re traveling from the US and are up to date on your regular vaccines, you’re all set in terms of medical preparations. No special vaccines or medicines required!
And although you’ll be mostly drinking Aperol spritz, Chianti, or other classic Italian drinks, be reassured that you can totally drink the water. Italy’s tap water is safe. In fact, it’s just as good or even better than what you’d drink in the US.
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