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Beware

In terms of things to watch out for, Rome is like any other major European city.  As far as pettycrime is concerned, make sure your wallet isn't sticking out of the back pocket of your jeans, and hold your bag carefully especially in the city centre and tourist areas. When sitting outside in a bar or restaurant make sure you don't just leave your bag on a chair where it can easily be snatched.  Keep a photocopy of your passport and any other documents somewhere separately, that'll save you some hassle if they get stolen.

Be particularly careful around Termini station, where a lot of unsavoury characters hang out waiting for that opportunityto present itself. 

And of course, beware of the roads...

Pickpockets

There are of course a few things you can do to stack the odds in your favour. Wallets sticking out of a back pocket are a no-no, but isn't that also true of wherever you call home? Pickpockets are opportunists - seizing the moment when you let your guard down and aren't as careful as you should be.  These moments often arise on the tram or bus, crowded public transport provides good cover for them.

Muggers, on the other hand, don't wait for a chance, they tend to create it.  Watch out for junkies on scooters, who ride up to women walking on the pavement and slash the strap of their handbags before hitting the gas and making a sharp getaway.

As with any crime, be sure to report it to the police station (make a "denuncia").  This is particularly essential if any official documentation, such as a driving lisence, passport and of course bankcards, since you might not be able to replace them without one.  My Italian bank refused to give me a new banks card, even though I had cancelled it, because I had it stolen whilst abroad and hadn't reported it... More hassle than its worth.

Taxi

When taking a taxi in Rome,make sure you get a lisenced taxi. Recently there has been an increase in illegal minicab services provided by immigrants both from outside Italy and more Southern provinces of the country. Cab drivers probably know their way round the streets of Rome better than anyone except the colonies of cats that have made the city their home. However, if you are obviously a tourist they may take you a longer scenic route. If you feel you have been badly ripped off, get a receipt and the cab registration number and make a formal complaint.

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