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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.
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.