Is Bologna Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

Bologna is generally a safe city for solo female travelers. The residents are friendly and respectful which provides a welcoming environment. However, like any city, it's important to take precautions, especially at night. Keep an eye on your belongings, as pickpocketing can occur, particularly in busy tourist areas. Public transport is reliable and safe to use. If you practice common sense and stay aware of your surroundings, you'll likely have a wonderful experience in Bologna.

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Safety at night:Safe

Bologna is relatively safe for solo female travellers at night. While petty crimes such as pickpocketing are reported now and then, especially in high-traffic tourist areas, overall violent crime is low. The general rule of thumb is to exercise common sense such as avoiding desolate areas and unfamiliar districts alone late at night. For the most part, Bologna is well-lit with plenty of people around, making the city quite safe for evening strolls. As long as you stay alert and aware, Bologna can be a very welcoming city even for tourists venturing out after dark.

Public transportation:Safe

Public transportation in Bologna, is generally safe with incidents being an exception rather than the norm. The services are reliable, with buses and trains typically running on time. The local population is friendly and helpful, which makes navigating around the city easier. Like anywhere, it is advised to stay vigilant, especially during night hours or when in less crowded areas.

Street harassment:Low

Bologna typically presents a safe and respectful environment. Street harassment is not a common occurrence and you are likely to experience minimal, if any, unwelcome attention in public. However, as with any large city, it's always recommended to stay alert and cautious especially at night. The locals are generally welcoming and respectful towards solo female travelers.

Petty crimes:Low

Bologna is a relatively safe city where petty crimes such as pickpocketing or purse snatching do occur, but typically in crowded places and major tourist spots. Always be aware of your belongings and surroundings. While it's necessary to remain cautious, the likelihood of encountering such situations is not high.

Tap water:Very safe

Tap water in Bologna, is not only safe to drink but also of high quality. The country strictly regulates its water sources and treatment methods, ensuring that it's public water supply is clean and well controlled. Bologna's water is perfectly safe to drink directly from the tap, eliminating the need to purchase bottled water.

Is Bologna safe to travel?

3.9 /5

Based on 6 experiences

Solo travel experience

I feel very safe. I walked all day but the rain hunted me. I didn't stay anywhere cause I had only one day. The food was amazing. I saw Piazza Maggiore, Two Towers, a historical library, and the Basilica of San Domenico.

Posted: March 20, 2024Experienced: January, 2024
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Solo travel experience

I felt quite safe in Bologna both day and night. I went to a concert and other concert goers were very approachable and kind. We ended up having a really great experience and even went on to the afterparty. The venue security (Arena Puccini) did a great job. Bologna has no shortage of good food and the transport system was easy to navigate - except at night, when we took cabs. It was my third solo trip and it was unforgettable because of the friendships made :)

Posted: December 1, 2023Experienced: May, 2023
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Is Bologna safe for women?

greta

greta

i think as the other city it depend on the zone you will leave or go; bt of course as being a woman I have never, unfortunately, feel safe anywhere, I often have my red pepper spray. But in bologna sud I have never had problems. In the north yes it’s pretty unsafe walking alone in the dark

Posted: March 10, 2024
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I think it depends where you stay and also it’s a bit of luck. If i lived in bolognini or nord zone … I would not exit out alone; but in some places in the center and sud zone I fell me more sure.. but danger is everywhere in the world

Posted: March 3, 2024
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Is Bologna safe right now?

Before your visit to Bologna, it's essential to check travel advisories for Italy, including your home country's official travel advisory. These advisories can provide up-to-date information on safety, health, and any specific considerations for travelers.
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United States Travel AdvisoryExercise a high degree of caution

The United States Government advises exercising increased caution due to terrorism. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: July 26, 2023
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Canada's Travel AdvisoryTake normal security precautions

The Canadian government advises taking normal security precautions in Italy. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: April 12, 2024
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Australia's Travel AdvisoryTake normal security precautions

The Australian Government advises to exercise normal safety precautions in Italy. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: November 2, 2023

Is Bologna worth visiting?

Overall rating

3.4 /5

based on 6 experiences

Rating summary

Things to do

2.9/5

Safety

3.9/5

Food

3.5/5

Budget-friendly

3.9/5

Solo travel experience

I don't recommend visiting this city at any price! People do not clean their pet pees on the street and l put my shoes on one of them... terrible! Because the Unibo accepts so many students, there is always lack of room in this city. B&B canceled my booking out of the blue and l did not know what to do. People were not kind of nice in my experience and just wanted to Rip you off as soon as they get that you are a tourist. Just don't go there...

Posted: August 24, 2023Experienced: September, 2022
Things to do: 1/5Food: 1/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 1/5
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İlknur

İlknur

Turkey

Couple travel experience

A trip I never want to return to. people are friendly and there are people interested in dancing art around every corner. one of the cities I want to go to again and I would love to live there You should add this city to your italy route

Posted: July 9, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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