We’ll cut to the chase: Italy is a totally safe place to travel. That being said, there are some safety considerations to think about. Here, we’ll cover all the ins-and-outs of keeping safe in Italy—so all you have to worry about is where to get the best gelato.
For the real inside *scoop* on safety in Italy, talk to someone who actually lives there. They’ll have all the best tips for how to navigate Il Bel Paese (the Beautiful Country) as well as suggestions for awesome restaurants and sights that you’d never find without their help. Learn more.
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. So if you feel safe walking around American streets, you’ll be fine in Italy.
The US State Department gives Italy a Level 2 advisory, which recommends increased caution. It’s the same rating as other big cities like Paris and London. However, unlike Paris and London, Italy has never experienced a terror attack.
Italy is an amazing destination for solo travelers, including female solo travelers. Generally, Italy is safer than other countries in the European Union. Plus you’ll be trekking well-worn travel routes with plenty of locals and fellow voyagers looking out for each other.
Some quick things to be aware of:
Travelers in Italy flock to its fabled ruins, iconic religious sites, and beautiful cities—but so do pickpockets. Pickpockets also operate on public transit. Although public transit in Italy is super safe and useful, pickpockets are drawn to crowded centers like train or bus stations.
Travelers love Rome—and pickpockets know it. To avoid the risk of bag-snatching and the pain of carrying around your suitcase all day, store it in one of LuggageHero's Rome locations. They have fifty spots all over the city.
Along with pickpocketing, there are a number of scams that are popular throughout Italy’s tourist centers. Here are some to avoid:
So 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.
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!
Although you’ll be mostly drinking Aperol spritz, Chianti, or other 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.
Now you know—Italy is super safe for travel. Just be street smart and stay aware of your surroundings, especially in crowded hubs. And for even more safety tips, connect with someone who actually lives in Italy. Not only will they explain how THEY keep safe, but they’ll help with all your logistics and offer tons of great suggestions for things to, see, and eat. So all YOU have to do is drown yourself in gelato, pizza, and history to your heart’s content. Questions? Send us a message!