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1. Posted by SilverPink (Budding Member 8 posts) 7y

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Hi, this is my first time posting here and I hope to post more often as I travel more and more over the years as I am so keen to travel.
I'm 17 years old, 18 in January. I live in England and am doing my A Levels at the moment and I am thinking about my gap year as I am so eager to get out into the real world and see it for myself and to grab independence by the throat.
For my gap year I am intending to go to Indonesia first for the first 6 to 7 months and that's all fine as I've been there so many times before and I have relatives out there, I'll be teaching english etc.
My problem is with the last part. After I go to Indonesia, my friend and I have decided to do some travelling just for ourselves and after much debate we have chosen to go to Italy, and then Fiji. We want to go to places like Rome, Venice, Tuscany, Pompeii, Sicily etc. and Italy is our problem. We are 2 girls and we will be alone in a country we've never been to before (I will hopefully be learning Italian as soon as I can) and we're a bit wary about this. Although it seems like Italy should be a pretty safe country we're not so sure and we need some kind of plan to make sure we are safe throughout. Unfortunately we don't know any men we both like and would want to take with us and I don't think we'd be able to find one in time who would want to come with us.
I was just wondering if anyone has been to Italy and have any knowledge they'd like to pass on? Or if anyone has any suggestions, advice or anything that they think would help at all?
Thank you! =)

2. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5073 posts) 7y

Naples is reputed to be the worst city in Italy for robbery. I haven't been but I've heard it's not nice at all.

Other then that, I can appreciate your concerns. Take a common sense approach. Don't carry too much money. Stay with the crowds. Stick to main roads. If you think you're in danger, get out.

3. Posted by amanecer (Respected Member 203 posts) 7y

Italy is a safe country, if you use the same attention you're going to use in your own country.
That means: mind the pickpockets in bus and underground, don't go alone in city suburbs by night (there's nothing see in any case)..just the simple basic rules of every traveller.
You don't need any man travelling with you to feel safe.

4. Posted by Not Lost (Full Member 132 posts) 7y

I traveled to Italy with another friend on our own some years ago. We are both females. We went to Rome, Florence and Pisa and traveled on trains. We used the public transport everywhere.

I think it's a relatively safe country. Just exercise the usual caution at crowded public places and dark alleys, etc. You and your friend should be fine and will definitely enjoy the trip there.

Didn't encouter any problems not being able to speak Italian (although I'm learning now) and being non-caucasian.

5. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 7y

I am a bloke - but - I have been to Italy on 4 occasions and have never once felt threatened in any way, including visiting Naples. I agree with the above posters, normal common sense applies.

6. Posted by S_Deisler (Respected Member 266 posts) 7y

Italy is not too different than any other european countries...there are places you have to avoid so you gotta use common sense.
You don't have to skip anywhere you would like to go, not even Napoli. You just need to act rationally which means not going out in obscure zones at 3 am, for example, but other than that, i don't know what else could bother you...
Italia is such a nice country with beautiful people, so just enjoy

7. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5336 posts) 7y

Italy is fine. No different to the U.K. in terms of safety issues. Obviously, as long as you are careful and don't put yourself in harm's way, it probably wont come looking for you. :)

I've done a lot of travelling around Italy solo and I've never had any problems. Most girls think twice about Italy because of the reputatiion Italian men have but they're usually just whistling or you might get your bum pinched standing at the traffic lights but I've never had any bad encounters. They're usually just being complimentary ;)

In most of the cities, there are parts that you dont want to wander into late in the evening. Just get out your guidebook, do a bit of research on the parts of the city to stick to. WIth most Italian cities you can be in big thronged plaza one moment, and the next you can find yourself wandering down some winding quiet alleyway, so be careful not to get lost.

Rome is notorious for pickpocketing, especially on trains and buses, just watch your bag. Naples is probably the most seedy of the cities and you do need to exercise a bit more caution here. Again, if you are just out by day and not wandering the streets late at night you should be fine. :)

It's a beautiful beautiful country, so easy to fall in love with it and never want to leave. There's no reason at all to not visit Italy. Have a great trip :)

8. Posted by Not Lost (Full Member 132 posts) 7y

Quoting samsara2

I've done a lot of travelling around Italy solo and I've never had any problems. Most girls think twice about Italy because of the reputatiion Italian men have but they're usually just whistling or you might get your bum pinched standing at the traffic lights but I've never had any bad encounters. They're usually just being complimentary ;)

I didnt get my bum pinched but did have to turn down alot of invitations for wine! :)

9. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5336 posts) 7y

You must have met the nice ones!

10. Posted by Not Lost (Full Member 132 posts) 7y

Quoting samsara2

You must have met the nice ones!

Guess I did!

[ Edit: Edited on Nov 1, 2007, at 7:18 AM by Not Lost ]