Italy is a beautiful country to visit and the perfect destination for a winter break. If you are one of the lucky people headed in that direction, make sure you heed the latest advice from the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth. Thieves target travellers because they know there is a decent chance tourists will be carrying cash, cameras and other valuable items.

From the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Crime levels are generally low but there are higher levels of petty crime (particularly bag snatching and pick-pocketing) in the big city centres, such as Rome. Be aware that thieves can use a variety of methods to distract you.

Take care on public transport and in crowded areas in city centres, particularly in and around Termini station in Rome, where incidents of street muggings have been reported, and at other main stations.

Be particularly vigilant on trains to and from airports and cruise ports in Italy (especially Fiumicino airport), as well as the Circumvesuviana train between Naples and Sorrento, and when unloading your baggage from trains and coaches.

from Travel Advice Summary, which can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/italy

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