Italy is one of the most visited countries in the world, known for its amazing cuisine, astounding history, and beautiful nature and architecture. Millions of people marvel at the beauty of Italy every year, but there is also a dark side to this sunny country. Crime and poverty are very much a part of life in Italy, especially in the south and some cities can be dangerous. Below we have the most dangerous cities in Italy, in terms of crime:
As is expected from a massive city like Rome, crime is common and ever-present. Due to the many tourists an ‘industry’ of pickpocketing, purse snatching, and scamming has evolved. Bootleg fashion is being sold on the side of the roads and no one seems to mind much. However, there is more to it crime in Rome than just that. On the outskirts of the city, there are ghettos forming that are hotbeds for drugs, theft, and violent crime. Luckily, little of this spills out to the main streets of Rome but still needs to be considered and addressed.
Naples is renowned for being the home of pizza, Pompeii, and some of the best beaches in Italy. However, the city is also known for its high levels of organized crime and corruption. The trash, most notably, but also many other aspects of the municipality are overtaken by criminal networks. On top of that, there are also many of the pickpockets and purse snatching antics that can be expected in a popular tourist destination. Overall, Naples is well worth the visit, but going out at night can be a scary experience and not recommended for solo travelers.
Catania is the second-largest city in Sicily with a long and rich history. Like the other entries on the list, it is a popular tourist destination, which means that the common crimes associated with that industry are also present here. However, the fact that it is in Sicily, also means that Catania suffers from the heavy presence of the mafia. There is rampant corruption, the police often turn a blind eye to some offenders and the streets are not particularly safe. While it is perfectly fine to visit and you will likely love Catania, keep an eye out for theft and do not venture into run-down and dilapidated neighborhoods, just in case.