Safety Tips For Travel In Rome
It’s all fun and games until someone gets pick pocketed on the train…..
Many travellers who come to Europe will have Rome at the top of travel must do lists. And for good reason. We spent our entire school career learning about Roman history and culture, and how important it was to the development of our own history and culture.
Images of Rome and gladiators and emperors drinking wine out of goblets fill our heads and our TV screens throughout our lives…. how can we resist going to experience the real deal?
Unfortunately, any location with a high number of tourists, will usually have a high number of people willing to take advantage of those tourists…. and even if you manage to avoid those with less than the best intentions for you, there are still some other health and safety items you should be aware of…..which leads me to….
Safety Tips For Travel In Rome
Rome is famous for having pick pockets on the metro. Of course, any place that is crowded with people can be a great place to get pick pocketed, but with the metro it is especially true. Everyone is at risk of becoming a victim of pick pocket crime, but you can lesson your chances of being targeted if you try not to look blatantly like a tourist.
Tourists, unfortunately, make great targets for pick pocket crime as they are likely to be less aware of their surroundings – they may be busy studying a map or a guide book – and they are more likely to be carrying larger amounts of cash than a local person. Add that to having your hands occupied by luggage, etc and you really are a “sitting duck.”
How to reduce your chances of being a victim of pick pocket crime
- Only carry small amounts of cash with you and leave the rest of your money in a safe place at your accommodation if possible.
- Only take what you need with you for the day – the less things that are occupying your hands, the more you can pay attention to your purse or wallet.
- If using a purse, use one that zippers up, or that has anti-theft protection such as a snap which secures the zipper to the handle. Kristen wrote about a brand that she uses over on the her packing list site.
- You may want to consider using a money belt for extra cash and other valuable documents.
- Keep a hand on your purse or wallet when in crowded places so that you are always aware of where it is and if anyone is trying to tamper with it.
- Try to avoid consulting maps or guidebooks when in a busy and crowded location so that your attention is not taken away from what is going on around you.
- The subway system is where more tourists are pick pocketed in Rome. If you rent a car, you can avoid much of this. Although the subway is all part of the experience.
If you are visiting Rome during the summer time, be aware that it can get very, very hot. Rome is not situated near any major body of water, so there are no sea breezes to moderate the temperature. During the summer time temperatures can reach 30 Celsius It is important to remember to keep yourself hydrated, especially since you are likely to be spending the majority of your day outside, walking around ruins or other sights of interest.
It may be a good idea to pack along some rehydration salts and add some to your water if you suspect you may be getting dehydrated. These salts are light and easy to pack, and can be an absolute lifesaver when you are feeling unwell. (They are also great as a hangover cure if you have too much wine with your dinner!)
Uneven ground and ruins
Rome is full of ruins. In fact, they are struggling to add another line to their metro system because every time they start digging, they unearth another archaeological discovery! Some of the most interesting things to see in Rome revolve around these ruins as well.
No trip to Rome is complete without a visit to the Forum – the ruins of the old government buildings. The forum is located opposite the colosseum and it is easy to combine the two into one visit.
However, whenever you are exploring these types of areas, it is important to be aware of where you are walking and whether or not you have secure footing. It is easy to get lost in thought while in locations like this, but the last thing you want to do is be rudely awakened back to reality by a sprained or rolled ankle… or a stubbed toe!
The best way to avoid a sprained ankle or stubbed toe is to wear appropriate footwear when you know you will be visiting places with uneven ground and plenty of sharp corners. Or at the very least, be aware of where you put your feet.
Hopefully these tips will keep you safe in Rome, so you can spend your time enjoying the sights, the sounds, and of course – the food!
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