Travel concerns & safety in Venice

General Venice safety info, hospitals and pharmacies, emergency numbers, pickpockets, and more

The Ospedale SS Giovanni e Paolo hospital (Photo © Reid Bramblett)
Hosptials
Venice

What to do if you get very sick while visiting Venice

 
Venice police on jet skis (Photo by Tony Hisgett)

Staying safe on a Venice vacation

 
Italian farmacie are usually marked by an illuminated green cross (Photo by Chris Sampson)

Farmacie (drug stores, chemists, pharmacies) in Venice

 
 
Emergency numbers links
Emergency evacuation insurance links
 

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Dandy PickPockets Diving: Scene Near St. James Palace (ill. by Isaac Robert Cruikshank, 1789–1856) (Photo from an illustration by Isaac Robert Cruikshank (178–1856), in the Lewis Walpole Library)

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Different kinds of moneybelts (Photo collage by Reid Bramblett; images courtesy of vendors)

This wearable safe for keeping your passport, credit cards, and spare cash secure is the one indispensable accessory every traveler loves to hate

 
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What to do if you get very sick while visiting Italy

 
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Italian farmacie are usually marked by an illuminated green cross (Photo by Chris Sampson)

Drug stores (farmacie) in Italy—The first line of defense for the sick

 
Despite a recent slight uptick, you can see that Europe is actually safer, overall, now than it was when I lived there back in the 1980s and 90s (Photo © Datagraver.com)

Why I am not afraid

 
Only use a bank ATM (or official exchange bureau at worst). This place doesn't look very legit to me. (Photo by Anna Hanks)

Just use ATMs and banks, carefully count your change until you get used to the local cash, and stay away from gray market money changers

 
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Or, "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Vacation Plans"

 
Those peanuts in the minibar don't cost just peanuts—they cost €7! And since when was a bottle of water worth €4.25? (Photo by Rick)

Scams and rip-offs at the hotel—many of them perfectly legal. Avoid the minibar, phone, laundry service, and parking garage

 
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Are cruises safe? Can I cancel a cruise? Can I get cruise cancellation insurance?

 
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Not all local advice is honest advice

 
Beware of pickpockets (Photo by Cory Doctorow)

Sleeping on an overnight train is a relatively safe endeavor, but take a few sensible precautions to avoid pickpockets and thieves and sleep more soundly

 
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Don't leave anything visible in the car

 
In any emergency, dial 112 (Photo by unknown)

112 is the emergency numbers for police, fire, and other safety issues in Italy

 
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A traveler's guide to safety in Italy: Pickpockets, scams, terrorism, and more

 
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How to lose things—passports, credit cards, and other important items—while traveling and not have it ruin your vacation

 
Shop for travel insurance with a comparison site like InsureMyTrip or SmartMouth (Photo courtesy of InsureMyTrip.com)

Travel on the safe side with trip insurance: when to buy it, what it does and does not cover, and where to get it

 
Be smart. Don't leave your bag on the bar; some places have purse hooks (just be sure you keep it between your knees as you sit, and take it with you when you use the bathroom)

Advice and resources for women, gays, minorities, and the disabled traveling in Italy

 
Be smart. Don't leave your bag on the bar; some places have purse hooks (just be sure you keep it between your knees as you sit, and take it with you when you use the bathroom) (Photo collage by Reid Bramblett, using images from David Mezzo and Kimmy T.)

Advice for female travelers in Italy

 
Checking out the frescoes in the historic cemetery in Pisa (Photo © Reid Bramblett)

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This moment at a Milan Gay Pride parade doesn't really show a particular concern, but it sure is cute (Photo by cristian)

Information and concerns for gay, lesbian, transgender, and bisexual travelers in Italy

 

A traveler's guide to how to approach drugs, prostitution, and other illicit pursuits that are as illegal in Italy as they are back home

 
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