12 Most Dangerous Cities in Italy
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Whether you’re planning your next vacation to Italy or looking for a new place to live, it’s imperative that you know what you’re getting yourself into. Keep in mind that while these might be the 12 most dangerous cities in Italy, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go!
That’s why we also highlighted precautions that you should take when traveling to Italy. Keep in mind that while these cities have higher crime rates than others in the country, that doesn’t mean they’re the most dangerous cities in the world.
Italy is a pretty safe country all around, and even the most dangerous cities aren’t bad in comparison to some cities in other countries.
The 12 Most Dangerous Cities in Italy: A Quick Look
|Crime Rate:||7,022.9 per 100,000|
|Average Hourly Income:||11.49|
When you’re looking at the crime statistics in Italy, Florence experiences more year after year than any other city in the country. While the crime rate saw a bit of a drop in 2020, it was rising before that.
The COVID-19 pandemic tamped down crime throughout the entire country, but in Florence, that still meant numbers that would’ve topped the country during any non-pandemic year. It’s those high crime numbers that make Florence the most dangerous city in Italy.
What’s interesting with Florence is that it’s not an area rife with poverty compared to other Italian cities, although it’s not the most prosperous either. But that doesn’t seem to matter in Florence, as crime still prevails.
So, while Florence might be a beautiful city nestled in the mountains and a top-notch tourist destination, it’s also a place where you’ll need to watch your back. In fact, when it comes to the most dangerous cities in Italy, no other city even comes close to Florence.
|Crime Rate:||6,827.4 per 100,000|
|Average Hourly Income:||12.28|
While Bologna might not have the same crime stats as Florence, it’s not that far behind. In a year of suppressed crime due to the global pandemic, 2020 still saw 6,827 crimes per 100,000 residents.
Before 2020, Bologna was seeing this number closer to 10,000 crimes per 100,000, perhaps the severely depressed numbers of 2020 will continue into the future. Bologna does have a higher average income than most other cities in Italy, so hopefully, a little prosperity will help keep crime at bay.
Regardless, t’s a beautiful city that attracts a ton of tourism, and it’s also important to note that while it’s one of the more dangerous cities in Italy, it’s still far safer than most cities in the United States.
|Crime Rate:||6,761.6 per 100,000|
|Average Hourly Income:||12.52|
Milan is a massive city, with a population of well over a million people. While you’ll find it on the top of many high-crime lists, even before the 2020 pandemic suppressed crime numbers across the entire country, Milan was already seeing crime drop year after year.
It’s due to this drop in crime that Milan isn’t at the top of this list. It’s also why we’re confident that the annual crime numbers in Milan won’t rise to their 2019 numbers again any time soon.
Milan is a prosperous city when it comes to the average wages in the country, and it attracts a ton of tourism. We’re hopeful that its crime numbers will continue to drop, even if they’re high right now.
|Crime Rate:||5,989.5 per 100,000|
|Average Hourly Income:||10.83|
Catania is a coastal city, and while crime is high here, it has stayed steady year after year. Even in 2020, when COVID-19 suppressed crime throughout the country, it remained steady in Catania.
Part of the problem might reside with income, as the average income in Catania is well below most of the country. It’s a tourist-heavy city, but it doesn’t get the same recognition that many other coastal towns in Italy get.
While we don’t expect Catania to come off this list any time soon, we don’t expect crime to get much worse there either. With Catania, you know exactly what you’re getting. You want it to be better, but you also know it could be much worse.
|Crime Rate:||5,955.9 per 100,000|
|Average Hourly Income:||12.19|
While a portion of the crime drop in Turin in 2020 was related to the pandemic, considering that crime in the city has dropped significantly every year since 2016, that’s only a part of it.
From 2016 to 2019, crime levels in Turin dropped by about 600 per 100,000 each year, and if those trends continue for just a few more years, you might see Turin drop off this list entirely.
It’s also why there’s a good chance that the crime numbers will stay low over the coming years. Turin might be a tourist destination for some, but it manages to be a quiet city at the base of the Italian Alps in northern Italy.
The average income levels are on the high side for Italy, so it’s not likely that Turin will find its way back into the higher crime numbers, even as the city’s population nears 1 million.
|Crime Rate:||5,363.9 per 100,000|
|Average Hourly Income:||11.56|
Venice is a massive tourist city and this brings crime into town. But as the pandemic showed when it shut down most tourism in 2020, tourists don’t bring all the crime.
The pandemic helped drop the crimes in 2020 by almost 2,000 cases per 100,000 people, but the resulting numbers are still well above 5,000 cases per 100,000 people. Venice’s income rate sits around the national average for Italy, and it’s quite well off for a tourism-centered economy.
When tourism numbers rise again, we expect crime levels to rise with them, which means we expect the numbers to settle back around 7,500 cases per 100,000 people. Those are not the best numbers out there, but they could be far worse.
|Crime Rate:||4,972.8 per 100,000|
|Average Hourly Income:||10.48|
Naples is full of people, and it seems like a classic case of less money leading to more crime. The average hourly income is more than 2 Euros less than some other cities on this list, and for a large metropolitan area, that only leads to more problems.
That said, Naples has a ton of tourism, but it doesn’t seem to attract as much crime as Venice. The 2020 pandemic dropped the total crime rate to under 5,000 per 100,000 people, but even before then, the numbers stayed steady, right around 6,000 cases per 100,000.
We fully expect the numbers to elevate back to the 6,000 mark when things start to open back up, but it might take a few years to get there. While the 6,000 mark puts Naples on the list of the most dangerous cities in Italy, the truth is that it is far safer than many cities in other countries.
|Crime Rate:||4,829.4 per 100,000|
|Average Hourly Income:||11.47|
Rome is the largest city in all of Italy regarding landmass, but with more people comes more crime. While Rome isn’t the most dangerous city in the country, it still sees its fair share of crime. While 2020 saw fewer than 5,000 crimes per 100,000 people, that number typically sits right around 6,000.
It’s still lower than many other cities on this list, but it’s not bad for such a massive place. Its average hourly income is right about average for Italy.
Since a large portion of Rome’s economy comes from tourism, there are plenty of low-income jobs around. The large volume of tourism is also why you can expect the crime rate to stay depressed until global tourism reopens.
When that happens, we expect the annual crime rate to go right back to the 6,000 crimes per 100,000 people that it was sitting at before the pandemic hit.
|Crime Rate:||4,304.7 per 100,000|
|Average Hourly Income:||10.39|
Bari is a small city of the Adriatic Sea, and it’s considered a hidden gem. Even better for Bari is that the crime numbers were already significantly dropping before the 2020 pandemic hit. Therefore, it wouldn’t surprise us if the current crime rate stays even when things start to open back up.
Bari does have a lower average hourly income than many other cities in Italy, but unless you’re thinking about moving there, this won’t have too much of an impact on you.
|Crime Rate:||4,428.5 per 100,000|
|Average Hourly Income:||11.95|
Genoa has relatively low crime numbers and a good track record of the number of crimes decreasing before the pandemic hit in 2020. It sits off the Ligurian Sea in Northwest Italy, and it’s a peaceful spot that doesn’t attract as much tourism as other Italian cities.
That’s why the pandemic didn’t suppress crime levels here as much as in other cities. While crime levels did drop some, it’s currently tough to determine if those drops came from natural trends or if they artificially deflated because of the pandemic.
Genoa does have a higher average income than most other parts of Italy, so we expect the crime levels to stay low even when things start to reopen.
|Crime Rate:||4,066.4 per 100,000|
|Average Hourly Income:||11.65|
Verona is a beautiful Italian town nestled at the base of the Italian Alps in central Italy. In 2020, the average crime rate sat just above 4,000 per 100,000 people, but that was a significant drop from where it was before things started to shut down due to the pandemic.
Typically, Verona has over 5,000 crimes per 100,000 people each year, but that’s still on the lower end of the spectrum for a city.
That said, the average hourly income in Verona is on the high side, so it’s unlikely that the numbers will drop any further in the future.
|Crime Rate:||3,995.7 per 100,000|
|Average Hourly Income:||10.99|
Palermo is the only city on this list to have a crime rate under 4,000 per 100,000 people. It did experience a bit of a drop in 2020, but even before then, the numbers were always well under 5,000 cases per 100,000.
Palermo has slightly higher crime numbers than the rest of the cities in Italy, though not by much. The average income is just under 11 Euros an hour, but that’s average for Italy.
While it made the list of the most dangerous cities in Italy, it’s certainly safe enough for you to make it one of your next tourist destinations in the country!
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How to Stay Safe in Italy
If you’re planning a holiday to Italy, you should take the proper precautions to stay safe. Start by mapping out your routes, researching the local area, and sticking with whatever plan you come up with.
From there, keep valuables out of sight, and try to avoid heading out during hours of darkness. Finally, the biggest concern that you have to worry about when traveling is pickpocketing. We highly recommend safeguarding all valuables.
Carry your wallet in a front pocket, or use a purse hook and always fully close it when moving around. When using public transportation, take extra precautions and try to keep your valuables in front of you where you can see them.
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Is Italy a Safe Country?
According to just about any statistic in the European Institute for Crime Prevention and Justice, Italy ranks among the top countries in Europe and the world when it comes to how safe it is.
It’s also near the bottom of the list for homicides, assaults, and drug trafficking. Keep in mind, though, that Italy used to have higher crime rates in some of these key areas, which has led to the belief that Italy might not be as safe as it is.
But when you take a hard look at the numbers, it becomes abundantly clear that Italy is one of the safest countries out there.
With a bit of foresight and knowledge, there’s no reason that your next trip to Italy can’t be both fun and safe no matter where you go. Of course, if you want to play it extra safe, you can avoid all the cities on this list and still have a great Italian vacation!
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