Personal Safety Tips
Italy is generally considered to be a safe country. Most Italians are courteous and helpful, especially in the countryside and small towns of Tuscany. You can see this just by looking at the way Italians care for immigrants arriving on leaky boats. If you are ever in trouble, people in Tuscany would probably go out of their way to help you.
Pickpockets and Skimming
Besides road accidents, the main concern for tourists is theft. In crowded cities, on the bus or train, at open-air markets, there could be pickpockets around and they can spot the tourists. Keep your money safe; don’t put a wallet in your back pocket or back-pack and don’t have it exposed in an open bag. The other easy target is your parked rental car. You shouldn’t leave any personal items visible inside the car, it’s best to put all your stuff in the trunk. Our latest concern is with skimming at gas stations. Criminals may have placed skimmers into pump payment terminals to steal your account details when you swipe your card’s magnetic stripe.
Prepare Before Leaving Home
Before leaving home for your vacation in Tuscany, make photocopies of your passports and travel documents. Also take copies of your credit cards and ATM card, then keep all these copies hidden in your suitcase and separate from your money. We urge all guests to take out adequate travel and trip cancellation insurance to cover every eventuality. We cannot be held responsible for any theft, loss, accident or injury during your stay at the villa.
At Your Rental Villa
At your rental property, we strongly advised that you close and lock windows, shutters, and doors before going out for the day. Not only for the safety of your belongings, but also because quick storms can blow up from nowhere and do considerable damage with strong winds and heavy rain.