We have talked about the safety in Venice and now it’s time to turn our attention to another top-tier tourist city in the name of Rome.
We visited Rome in October and felt it was a fascinating region with loads of things to do.
However, we often get asked about our experience and whether or not it’s safe in Rome. Is this a place you should be visiting as a tourist or avoiding?
We realize how important it is to answer this question and we are going to dig into it as best as we can. Since we have tangible experience due to how much time we spent in Italy and Rome, we are going to use this to showcase what matters.
Let’s take a look at how safe Rome is for tourists.
Safety In Rome For Tourists
In general, Rome is one of the safest cities in the world.
It’s a tourist-friendly region with people from all walks of life. This makes it a pleasant, lively region with ample history throughout the city. We loved being here and felt it was remarkably safe and there were only a select few areas that a tourist should avoid.
We are going to get into that here.
If there are crimes that occur, they tend to involve things such as pickpocketing or theft.
Emergency Numbers In Rome
We always feel it’s important to know the emergency numbers in a city.
For Rome, you are going to want to call 112 for emergencies. This is the equivalent of 911 in most nations.
You can also consider additional numbers such as 115 (fire station), 113 (police), 118 (health emergencies), and 06 57 0600 (Medical services).
Note all of these numbers down right away.
Unsafe Areas In Rome
Let’s assume you want to be extra careful and avoid specific unsafe places in Rome.
Where should you avoid going?
Esquilino is a common region within Rome that’s mentioned because of its centralized population. This means there are a lot of people including immigrants that are spread throughout the area. This can lead to getting unwanted attention depending on where you are.
We have noticed pickpocketers in Esquilino and it can become an increased risk if you are walking through this area with your valuables out. We would not recommend doing this in any part of Rome but certainly not Esquilino.
We also spent a bit of time in Corviale and felt it was not as safe as the rest of Rome. This is an area that is unique when it comes to architecture but it is also a region that has not developed as efficiently as the rest of Rome.
This means you are going to have more pickpocketers here along with drug users. It is not a safe place to be in the night.
We would not be going to these areas in Rome if we were hoping to stay safe. We would recommend sticking to the tourist areas if you are looking for complete safety.
How To Stay Safe In Rome As A Tourist
Keep Your Valuables In The Room
The first tip we would give is to make sure you are not walking around with too much cash or your most important valuables (i.e. gold, diamonds). It is not worth it and you are going to be putting a target on your back for pickpocketers.
It is smarter to leave those items in the hotel room or wherever you are staying in Rome.
We are often careful of this because you can also have issues when bussing in Italy. It is not worth the hassle or the added risk!
Mingle With The Locals
A lot of tourists are afraid of speaking to the locals due to the language barrier. We would not avoid the locals because you can increase your chances of staying safe by mingling with people.
This is going to allow them to alert you and make sure you are aware of your surroundings.
Go To The Main Tourist Areas
We know you are going to want to go on a little adventure and explore Rome. This is common and it is natural for tourists to want to do this in such a fascinating part of Italy.
We were the same.
However, if you are not as adventurous then we would highly recommend sticking to the main tourist attractions because it’s common for more security to be there throughout the day. This is going to put your mind at ease.
It’s also essential to not fall for scammers who are walking around. This includes those who are going to offer things for free or attempt to dupe you with higher prices. Always be diligent and don’t pay right away.
Rome is one of the safest cities in Italy for tourists.
If you take the time to plan your trip, you are going to have a wonderful time in this part of the country. It is a riveting region with a bright culture that is going to be great fun for the average tourist.
Amanda Harper is a travel enthusiast with 10+ years of traveling experience across the planet. Her passion for writing and travel makes her a walking bibliography on modern-day tourism.