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Rome at Night - N.Y.Times

Rome is a statistically one of the most safe capitals of the world.

 

We have almost no experience of violent crimes and people walks around the streets safe back home at every hour at night.

 

Children are freely.playing in the pedestrian Piazza and walking back home from school.

 

Areas where we do not recommend to walk alone at night are far suburbs and some streets around Termini train station.

 

The most common crime is pickpocketing mainly due to the tourist population. What we recommend it is to be aware of pick-pockets in public transportation, markets and in queues for museums or any other place of interest. The thieves are often well dressed.

 

Do not trust groups of beggar children approaching you holding   newspapers which they hold under your face or if someone is seemingly just asking for  directions while you are distracted another one may get your belongings.

 

Do not leave unattended your belongings in trains or any public space and do not leave your luggage or valuables visible in a parked car.

 

We also warn about frauds: sometimes happens that unknown people presents at your home door asking to pay extra charges for public utilities or condominium fees. Just do not give them any money or bank check but refer to the Landlord or condominium administrator.

 

We always suggest to place an electronic alarm in your home even if the burglary rate it is low but increase in long public holydays and in the summer vacations when family traditionally are away from their houses.

 

The ‘Polizia di Stato’ or the ‘ Carabinieri’ are the first point of contact for reporting the loss or theft of documents, property or money. You will have to fill in a multi-language form called a ‘Denuncia di reato’  and your copy with their registration stamp you will have to show to the Consular section of the Embassy if you need a new passport and your insurance company when you will make the claim.

 

We do not incourage to bring or buy new cars:

not so much for the stilling chance

but because unless you have a private parking space,

other drivers are not very concern when parking or open their doors next to your car providing scratches and dents.

 

We suggest to use public transportation and taxi as the car traffic is intense and a bit chaotic, driving here require a lot of attention also to teen-agers driving scooters, pedestrian crossing not on the 'strips' or through a green traffic light and to find an available parking takes long time

 

Taxi rate from the airport are fix: 30 € from Ciampino to the City Centrum and 40 from Fiumicino – Leonardo da Vinci to the City Centrum. Make sure it is an official cab, white, with a light on top, and a large yellow 'Comune di Roma' shield-shaped sticker on the doors. The taxi fare is indicated on the meter but can be increased by supplements for night fares or luggage. In case of a dispute over the fare take the number of the taxi, the pickup and drop-off location. This should then be taken or sent to the Rome Tourist Board (Ente Provinciale per il Turismo di Roma, Via Parigi 11, 00185, Roma, tel. 488 1851).

Beach and Sea Safety

Supervised beaches in Italy have a system of coloured flags to let the public know about the swimming conditions. The code is:

Green = Safe to swim 

Yellow = Caution 

Red = Danger 

Double Red Flag = Swimming forbidden

Purple  =  Marine pest present (jelly fish etc.)

Most beaches in Italy are private, though there are free beaches (spiaggia libera) as well.  Some of them are equipped with showers and public toilets. Private beaches rent out sunbeds (lettino) and parasols (ombrellone) and they tend to be cleaner than free beaches. 

Italy lies in the Mediterranean Sea, however the waters of the Adriatic Sea (part of the Mediterranean) run the length of the east coast.  

The Blue Flag (Bandiera Blu) http://www.blueflag.org/

is an eco label award for beaches with good practices in terms of water quality, environmental management, safety & services and environmental education. It was introduced in France in 1985 under the name "Pavillon Bleu" and is now used in 41 countries across the world. 

To find a Blue Flag Beach in Italy visit:

http://www.blueflag.org/Menu/Blue+Flag+beaches%2fmarinas/2010/Northern+Hemisphere/Italy

For more info about beaches in Italy visit: 

 http://www.italiantourism.com/beaches4.html 


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