travellers have to be slightly more careful than men to ensure they
have a happy and hassle free trip.
Some tips for women travellers' personal
security are outlined below.
The difficulties encountered by women travelling
alone in Italy are often overstated. It is true that women have
to put up with a lot of male attention, but it is rarely dangerous.
Ignoring whistles and questions is the best way to get rid of unwanted
Be vigilant at airports, main train stations and
places with large crowds. Your biggest concern should be pickpocketers
who operate as individuals or in groups. Stay in close contact with
all your belongings, including your luggage.
The standard advice for women travellers in Italy
is not to take anything of great sentimental or monetary value.
If you do, then use the facilities in the hotel by putting your
valuables in their safe.
The design of your handbag can be a large factor
as to whether it gets snatched. If it has thin straps that could
break or snap easily, it will be more enticing to a pickpocket or
Avoid going out alone at night in seedy areas.
Avoid eye contact with some individuals by wearing
Keep coins in your pocket to use on buses and
subways so that you don't have to keep on getting your purse
out. Don't carry all your cash on you. It is a good idea to
use travellers cheques or euro cheques rather than taking large
quantities of cash. Be extra careful when using cash machines.
Deposit your room key at the desk before going
There are many women only hotels, guest houses
and bed and breakfast accommodation throughout Italy.