Emilia-Romagna is a fairly safe place to visit.  Having said this, there are certain precautions that should be taken in order to ensure a smooth trip through this region of northern Italy .  Like always, common sense is the most important tool to be used in staying safe.

            Although street crimes, burglaries, and petty thefts are not major concerns in Emilia-Romagna , they occasionally happen.  However, most of these situations can be avoided using a few simple rules.  Avoid carrying around large amounts of money or looking extremely flashy.  Drawing un-needed attention is never a good idea.  Lock all car doors and roll up windows when leaving valuables behind in a car.  Keep a close eye on valuables in crowded, public areas, as these are the places where pickpockets generally operate.

            Avoid walking alone at night (especially women).  This is a general recommendation for any unfamiliar area, and should be followed throughout Emilia-Romagna .  If staying with a group is not an option and walking is unavoidable, try to remain in lighted, public areas.

            There are many beach and water activities available throughout Emilia-Romagna . With these activities however come certain inherent dangers, most of which can be easily avoided by following a few simple rules such as always wearing a life jacket when on a boat.  For a list useful water safety tips, visit the American Red Cross website.

            A very useful resource for traveling through Italy is this List of Useful Phone Numbers.

            Although there are no foreign embassies located in Emilia-Romagna , many countries have a location somewhere in Italy (mostly in Rome ).  For a complete list, including contact and location information, check out this Foreign Embassies List.