Is Rome Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

Rome is generally a safe city for solo female travelers. Street crime such as pickpocketing and bag snatchings can occur, particularly in tourist areas, so it's essential to stay vigilant and keep your belongings secure. Public transportation and tourist sites can be crowded, which may attract petty thieves. While walking around, stick to well-populated areas, especially at night. Like any other city globally, it requires a general level of caution, but overall, Rome’s friendly and warm atmosphere makes it comfortable for solo female travelers.

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Safety index

Safety at night:Moderate

Rome, as most bustling cities, can be generally safe but a certain level of alertness is still required. Standard precautions must be followed such as avoiding deserted areas, not flashing valuable items, and staying in well-lit areas. Petty crimes like pickpocketing are prevalent, particularly in crowded places. Yet, violent crimes are relatively rare. Several parts of Rome are lively even late into the night, offering a relatively safe environment.

Public transportation:Safe

Public transportation in Rome is generally safe with a wide coverage of buses, trams, and metro lines. Violent crime is rare, but do be aware of potential pickpockets. Stay vigilant, keep your belongings secure, and avoid traveling alone late at night in less busy areas. Public transport can be crowded during peak times, adding to the feeling of security during these periods.

Street harassment:Moderate

In Rome, instances of street harassment do occur, but they are generally less invasive or aggressive when compared to other major global cities. Unwanted attention such as stares, catcalls, or comments can be experienced, particularly in tourist-heavy areas, but most locals are respectful and such encounters do not usually escalate beyond this. Always stay alert and aware of your surroundings.

Petty crimes:Moderate

Rome, the Italian capital, is known for its bustling streets, historical monuments, and vibrant culture. The city's petty crime predominately consists of Pickpocketing, particularly in crowded areas and public transportation, and purse-snatching by thieves on mopeds. It's advisable to always keep an eye on your belongings, avoid displaying valuable items and be vigilant in crowded areas. However, violent crime is quite rare. Overall, with appropriate precautions, you can have a safe and enjoyable trip.

Tap water:Very safe

Tap water in Rome, is perfectly safe to drink. The city has an ancient water supply system where the water comes from mountain springs, which ensures high quality and clean water. Many Romans and tourists drink from the famous city fountains, known as 'nasoni', which provide drinkable water. However, it always comes down to personal preferences and sensitivities. If you have a sensitive stomach, you may opt for bottled water instead.

Is Rome safe to travel?

4.3 /5

Based on 52 experiences

Family travel experience

Rome was very overwhelming in a good way. There where so many people walking on the streets and so much to see. I traveled with 3 other women in my family and I felt more safe than I would in the United States. It’s a very big and crowded city so I would be careful with you belongings. If you are religious I highly recommend St. Paul’s basilica outside the wall and the cathedral of Loyola.

Posted: February 21, 2024
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Maral

Maral

Italy

Solo travel experience

Rome is safe city but in metro socially in line B you have to be careful about your stuff but the city is nice, welcoming people , has lively atmosphere, and stunning architecture buildings best place to visit nature, culture to gether

Posted: February 20, 2024
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Senara

Senara (22)

United Kingdom

Couple travel experience

I felt very safe in Rome. Travelling around on public transport was easy. The food was delicious. The only hassle we had was with street sellers telling us spb-stories to get us to buy their wares. Also beware of the hotel tax at the end of your holiday! Rome itself was beautiful. Lots of things in walking distance from eachother. Hire a bike and have fun!

Posted: February 11, 2024Experienced: February, 2020
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Karen

Karen (22)

France

Solo travel experience

It's very easy to get around Rome on foot or by public transport. I stayed in a very affordable apartement-hotel next to the Fountain of Trevi. I reccomend visiting the Borghese Gallery and a day trip to the Villa d'Este in Tivoli. Rome was pretty safe, as was my trip to Tivoli (but I used to go back to the hotel pretty early as I was tired from all the visiting).

Posted: January 28, 2024Experienced: March, 2018
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Group travel experience

I felt safe! Many things to do—loved the Vatican & St. Peter’s Basilica. The food was delicious! My budget was aided by those I went with. I stayed in an Airbnb on Via Flavia, I believe. I took the bus, and it was extremely accessible.

Posted: January 26, 2024
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Group travel experience

Roma is a safe city and altough I visited in October it was verry crowded. We stayed at an AirBnb apartment, used the subway for getting around and did very long walks. Vibrant city, I recommend local family owned restaurants.

Posted: January 19, 2024
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Family travel experience

I felt unsafe in some suburban parts of the city and in public transport. There were a lot of drunk men around at night. But it was fine during the day. There are plenty of things to do, I recommend booking all the attractions far in advance. Prices are pretty high for someone coming from a not so rich country, but I ate a lot food from the supermarket so it was ok. I stayed in an apartment that was in a kinda poor neighbourhoud with a lot of arabs living in bad conditions so it was shocking to see all that. I used metro and it pays off if you buy a ticket for a few days.

Posted: December 28, 2023
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Solo travel experience

I traveled alone and felt very safe in Rome. I familiarized myself with the area where my hostel was located during the day, so I felt comfortable moving around without constantly looking at my phone. What helped me connect with the locals was attempting to speak Italian, as well as meeting other travelers on walking tours and in my hostel.

Posted: November 8, 2023
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Solo travel experience

I loved Rome and felt very safe there. I booked a "Rome on a Vespa" tour on Viator, which was amazing. Definitely one of the highlights of my trip. I also did a full-day tour of the Vatican and Colosseum. A lot of walking, but it was worth seeing. The restaurants I loved: Osteria Da Fortunata, Piccolo Buco and Tonnarello.

Posted: October 18, 2023
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Solo travel experience

I went to Rome alone and it was amazing. The Colosseum and the Villa Borghese gardens were my favorites. I used public transportation while I was there and felt safe the whole time.

Posted: August 8, 2023
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Is Rome safe for women?

Safety rating

2.8 /5

Based on 5 reviews the women safety index in Rome is 2.8/5. On average women living in Rome raises moderate concerns about women's safety.

Crime rates rating

1.2 /5

Based on 5 reviews the crime rate index in Rome is 1.2/5. On average women living in Rome raises low concerns about crime and violence against women

Rating summary

Safety walking alone after dark:

2.6/5
Moderate

Safety using public transport:

3/5
Moderate

Worries of being sexually harassed:

1.6/5
A Bit Worried

Worries of being sexually assaulted or raped:

1.5/5
Not at all worried

Worries of being physically attacked:

1.3/5
Not at all worried

Worries of home broken and things stolen:

1.5/5
Not at all worried

Worries of being mugged or robbed:

1/5
Not at all worried

Worries of being kidnapped or murdered:

1/5
Not at all worried

Rome it’s not very safe if you walk around alone in the dark. You can travel via bus in the day but in the dark it could be better if you pay attention. Anyway there are place Safier than other. It’s better if you are with other people and not alone.

Posted: April 1, 2024
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Monique

Monique

I feel very safe in Rome as a female traveler, though it is important to always be mindful of your surroundings, especially on public transport. Me and my friends have never had any experiences with theft or pick pocketing.

Posted: March 26, 2024
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Rome overall is pretty safe. The city centre is usually very crowded and the most famous parts are police protected. We do have pickpockets and the like in these areas. The more outside the centre you go the more you are likely to have problems, especially in areas like Tor Bella Monaca that are mafia controlled

Posted: March 18, 2024
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Rome is very safe, especially in the centre. Just be careful at night time don’t walk alone in dark streets of course. The only area to avoid is Termini station after 9pm. But overall it is a safe city :)

Posted: March 2, 2024
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Amaris

Amaris

I would say generally Rome is safe. Always take precaution, and don’t walk around drunk especially alone at night. But I used to live in NYC (East Village) and I feel safer here in Rome. Certain neighborhoods like Termini can feel weird as a woman.

Posted: March 1, 2024
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Is Rome safe right now?

Before your visit to Rome, 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 Rome worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 52 experiences

Rating summary

Things to do

4.9/5

Safety

4.3/5

Food

4.7/5

Budget-friendly

3.1/5

Family travel experience

The bus was not always reliable especially at night. I would recommend another way to travel at night (a scooter maybe) We stayed at an Airbnb. Less expensive to share among 4 people, it could be expensive for a solo traveler or a couple. If you plan to visit the famous seeing sites, you need to plan ahead and make reservation. The pass seems to be a good deal. We didn't plan the trip till one month before and we had to get into a guided group in order to enter the sites. Plenty good food everywhere. Might be more difficult for vegans.

Posted: April 18, 2024Experienced: July, 2023
Things to do: 4/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 2/5Safety: 3/5
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Solo travel experience

Take care of the wallet, that’s the common sense. I heard someone screamed outside Basilica of Saint Peter and reminded travellers not to believe in anyone approaching you … I went to a mini supermarket to buy a bus ticket, it was 2 euro (instead of 1.5 euro) and the Indian owner accepted only cash. Also went to a ticket machine in the metro station, it was late and ticket office was closed. The price of a single ticket is 2 euro. I suggest buying a few tickets if you can get it at the original price of 1.5

Posted: February 14, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 4/5
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