1. Avatar Cari King
    June 9, 2016 @ 3:26 pm

    Awesome article John! Again, you never cease to amaze me with your knowledge and story telling abilities. I love Italy and this article, along with others you have written, only makes me love it, that much more. Abbracci a voi!


  2. John Henderson John Henderson
    June 10, 2016 @ 12:04 am

    Thanks, Cari. Women love Rome because it’s safe. Just be careful of swarthy Italian men who want to show you the Leaning Tower of Pietro.


  3. Avatar Chandi
    June 17, 2016 @ 12:46 am

    Great article John. This should be in the New York Times. Those policemen are rather bello aren’t they? Gosh, that would be a good way for me to meet a cute Italian: I can pose as a journalist needing to ride around with them for a story! LOL.


  4. John Henderson John Henderson
    June 17, 2016 @ 6:21 am

    Chandi, I’m sure they’d love to handcuff you to a 1st century fountain somewhere here.


  5. Avatar christine
    July 5, 2016 @ 5:43 pm

    Yeah well they didn’t bother to care about this one… and a 19-year-old kid died for it and they didn’t care to investigate reports of a man thrown into the river, until the US Embassy pushed them.



    • John Henderson John Henderson
      July 6, 2016 @ 1:20 am

      Christine: It’s a horrifying story but if you read mine, you’ll notice I don’t say the Rome streets are safe because of the Rome police. I say they’re safe because of the Roman society. This is an isolated incident that doesn’t mar the statistics showing Rome remains a safe city. It’s horrible the guy was mugged and murdered but in 2 1/2 years here I have only met one person who has experienced any kind of physical assault. I haven’t seen a single street fight or bar fight. Pickpockets? Yes. And I’ve never heard anything about a gang of thugs who pray on drunk exchange students. I’ve heard of gangs of Italian men who pray on drunk female exchange students. But they’re not violent, just annoying.


    • Avatar CICO
      September 10, 2016 @ 11:55 am

      there is nothing to investigate and the americanambassy pusched nobody, if you care to read any italian journal you will read that , the american was completely drunk and for stupids reasons he fought with two homeless (a man and her girlfrien) drunk both, the homeless boost the american in the river, they immediatly confessed .(also because there were cameras).
      many things maybe are better in Us then here , but not this..here the mentality is theopposite then in US, .Italy is a non violent country with a non violent culture , and nobody here has in his own dreams to own a gun, not only but here , and Jhon could know it, the laws about the use of a gun by police are very strict. and if they exagerate there is no commisiion to save them , they go directly in trial and they really risk many years of prison, the use of a gun is a very serious matter here , others no , but this is it, that is one of the few crime that you really pay here,
      here police has not the teaser because is forbidden, and pepper spray the same , cause both can cause damage. you know how many cops has been killed in Italy in the last 15 years by gunshot?? 0 zero. we are not drunk people , we have no gangs (yet) and until few years ago the only crime we had was the “august rats” stealing your apartment when you are in holiday, gipsy pick pockets, and “gelousy”crimes.
      now with this uncontrolled immigration from east europe and people coming from war zone, iraq syria,libia etc things are a bit changing but Italy remains one of the most safe country i ever visited.
      sorry for that guy but here is really an exception, come to visit rome and you ll see by yourself.



      • John Henderson John Henderson
        September 11, 2016 @ 1:46 am

        I think if you read my whole blog, you’ll see I agreed with you about how safe the city is. That was the whole point of the police ride. It was my second and combined with the statistics that show Rome averages only 30 homicides a year (amazingly low for a city of 2.5 million people excluded suburbs), it shows that Rome is safer than any city in the U.S. It’s one reason I live here. No guns. No shootings. Duh! What doesn’t the National Rifle Association understand? Thanks for your comment. I’m glad you agree.


  6. Avatar Geoff of Nottingham
    July 7, 2016 @ 2:09 pm

    Just found your blog. Love the couple of articles I’ve read so far. I was warned about ‘Gypsy’ pickpockets, especially on the bus from Termini to the Vatican and on the Metro. 15 year old girls, simply dressed, kissed and fondled each other whilst their accomplices went through the pockets of (mostly) men.


    • John Henderson John Henderson
      July 8, 2016 @ 12:32 am

      Thanks for the note, Geoff. It used to be much worse. Gypsies in clothes that look cut off the inside of 1969 VW van would roam in packs and surround tourists. Now they’re sneakier. They don’t wear the garish clothes anymore but still send out kids. Why? Because under Italian law you can’t prosecute anyone under 17 no matter the crime. So if you catch a kid stealing your wallet, the police must let them go. So some locals just beat the kids up instead. The kids just bounce off the pavement and move on. They’re like cockroaches.


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