Walk the Dog
After my exhibit opening on Friday at Gloss, I took a stroll around the side streets near Campo de’ Fiori. I was taking pictures of this trash bin, which is wheeled around during the day by AMA employees to pick up litter, when this couple walking their dogs strolled by. I always get questions about what areas of Rome are “safe” and if you can walk around at night. And I continue to say that by and large, Rome (and Italy in general) IS really safe. Especially in any area a tourist would really be walking around. There are some areas in the periphery of Rome that can be dodgy, but I honestly can’t imagine why someone who doesn’t live here would even be there. Now, am I saying you should walk around alone at night without being aware of your surroundings? No. Certainly Rome is a city and you need to watch out for petty crime (wallets, cell phones, bags, etc). Do you want to be vary of crowds of drunk people late at night? Probably, as people tend to do stupid things when they’re drunk. But I think if you pay attention and are a little savvy, I’d say that Rome is safer than most big cities I’ve ever lived in or visited. What do you think?