Italians are devout fashionistas and it's more about being stylish rather than how much skin you can show. You don't have to dress neck to knee but what is worn on the beach, generally stays on the beach. Plus it's helpful to keep the potential Italian casanova from harassing you.
Italy has plenty of sacred sites including those of the religious kind. For the ladies, it's a good idea to carry a scarf which you can easily use to cover your shoulders if you are wearing a singlet top and be mindful to wear something which covers your knees too. Also, ditch the heels in favour of comfortable flats, you be walking around a lot and many places in Italy have uneven, cobblestone paths and roads.
Traveling by train is one of, if not the safest and best way to get around Italy however opportunistic thieves do cruise the carriages. But there are ways you can stop your belongings becoming the next five finger discount.
As with anywhere these days, drink spiking is an all-too-often problem.
The bars around Piazza Navona and Campo di Fiori have been mentioned in past reports. So too the bars associated with transport hubs, such as Roma Termini and Florence's Santa Maria Novella station.
Never accept opened drinks from strangers or "new friends". Watch the bartender pour your drink, and never leave an open drink unattended.
If you start to feel woozy, or unusually drunk for the amount you've had, ask genuine friends for assistance, or if you're alone, get out of the bar as soon as possible and summon the police.
Street crimes such as pickpocketing and scams are reportedly increasing in the main cities across Italy. Be aware of your surroundings at all times. Stay away from those dark alleys, secluded parks at night and neighbourhoods with obvious signs of poverty. Always walk in well lit areas and preferrably with another person or group.
Many countries are lacking the infrastructure and services to cater for the influx of refugees seeking asylum in Europe. As a result, begging has increased across Italy. There are also those scammers who use begging as a tactic to distract you while another takes your valuables.
Pickpockets will particularly frequent well known, crowded tourist spots and transport terminals. Keep an eye on your belongings and keep your valuables close. Don't casually leave your phone or wallet on the table while dining especially outdoors. Never leave your bag over the back of the chair.
As for the mafia? They are more concerned with turf wars than tourists.
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