Florence is not a dangerous city so you can walk safely by its streets and piazzas, just be careful with pickpockets, they use to stay near to the main places and attractions, keep your belongings on safe.
Florencia no es una ciudad peligrosa y puedes caminar tranquilamente por sus calles y plazas. Lo que si tienes que gastar cuidados es con los carteristas, suelen estar en los alrededores de los principales lugares.
Florence should be the ideal place for pickpockets. A big city, many tourists with money, crowds to dissappear in.
Yet i never felt unsafe, because at every corner, in every street you encounter police.
It is something politics is only talking about in our country, but in Florence it seems to work.
I was warned before my trip to Italy and Florence for pickpockets. It is true, they probably is in there, but this time fortunately our roads didn't cross.
They are everywhere, pickpockets, not only in Itay. They are moving on places, where usually is very much tourists, who watching the sights, forget all around. Then they are easy target.
I think you can't never be too beware with hideing you money and travel documents.
I was pleasantly surprising to see at the known tourist-traps (Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, Palazzo Vecchio, Basilica di San Lorenzo) much of policemans and carabineers.
I teach art history in a university. When I show architecture images, I always get a kick out of looking around at the people who happen to have been snapped in the scene along with the building in question. Long story short, I took a beautiful image of the Florence Baptistery, Cathedral and Campanile off of -- if I remember -- someone's vacation pictures website. After perusing the crowd standing in front of the monuments, I blew up one section of the digital image and it reveals a woman lifting up the hem of a man's shirt just above his pocket. The man is arm-in-arm with his girlfriend, admiring the facade of the cathedral. This third party reaches across his back, while he's oblivious, and lifts the shirt hem. It's mind-boggling. Take a look...
Before i went there i was warned too much about the thiefs there. However, throughout the whole trip i didn't see any thief around. And the time i went there was Easter and there were a lot of tourists! But of course anyway you need to be careful enough still. I noticed that the tourists there mostly paid enough attention on their pockets, which maybe was the reason that it seems there are less thiefs now!
There are also some places with very few people. Be careful in these places as well. If a stranger suddenly begin to talk to you, just pretend not to know any Italian or English in order to get into trouble!
I feel that it is quite different between the tourists places and the poor living places. When you find yourself in a poor living places, be careful!
Near the bridge , ponte vecchio you should be extra careful because there are a lot of pickpockets there , most of them are gypsies.
be careful and watch your bag because there are a lot of people there.
As you walk down the streets in Florence be it close to the station like the Santa Maria Novella from my experience I saw a young man acting as if he was drunk and friendly trys to chat with you in local Italian language, putting his arms around you. Eventually I noticed that his fingers crawled up my neck and grasped for the chain. I was cautious and responded to it quickly. As I was taking quick steps I noticed a closeby hotel & ran inside a hotel. The thief tried to grab my chain but I held on to it, it broke in two pieces from the impact but atleast I got it back.
The point is this guy takes on Men only and does not harm Women. So guys beware of these type of crooks.
You are often warned about pickpockets outside of major attractions and on public transportation. I was warned - I was prepared. However outside the Battistero in Firenze there are some VERY agressive little kids who picked my pockets (nothing but ticket stubs) and then had the AUDACITY to yell at me when they came up empty handed. It sounds mean but you literally have to scream at them and push them away very hard until they leave you alone.
Please watch out for gypsies and their children who might try to snatch your belongings. Luckily, we fended them off, but they are a real danger - especially when climbing up to the Piazza Michaelangelo.
Beware the Pickpocketers!!!! They are good and they are abbundant. I had my wallet stolen out of my purse that was sitting right next to me the first two weeks I was here. All of Italy has the same problem. Florence is a very safe city otherwise. Being a single woman, I am not afraid to walk in the evenings.
The best way to protect yourself against purse snatchers and pickpockets is to wear a money belt. If you carry a bag or camera, make sure it has straps that you can sling across your body bandolier-style.
Beware of pickpockets in buses and when making your way through the corridors of crowded trains.
Watch out for the pickpockets, even in the churches. They will definately get you if you are not careful. The last time I was there, they were trying to curb the crime, but I don't know if that has happened.
Basically I have never encountered being pickpocketed,
Although many other people have been
I would only say to warn you that when In big crowds around popular cities and areas
in such like FLorence to watch your bag and trousers for pickepocketters!
Around the Ponte Vecchio area there were many gypsies hanging around especially in or near crowds of tourists. They pass over a baby or a doll to distract you, and also they use the little children to steal and pick pocket from tourists who are busy looking at other things to notice.
Florence is a small city, but like any city caution is the key. Use common sense and try to avoid any area which is dark or isolated. Be aware of your sorroundings and always have your money in a safe place (money belt, bra?). Pickpocketers are found every where, so being alert is your best bet. Leave expensive jewelry at home and never carry more money then you need. Leave your passport and extra cash and travelers checks at the hotel safe. If you are staying at a hostel, I would recommend that you carry your important belongings in a seperate small bag, pack or shoulder bag. Make sure you have copies of your passport and numbers of travelers checks (if you carry these) in a seperate location for just in case they are lost or stolen. The number to your local consulate is a good idea as well as is the phone number to the local authorities.