Sorrento 05:34 AM
One of the many benefits of studying at Sant’Anna Institute is that Sorrento is a smaller city, with only about 15,000 inhabitants, apart from the tourists. It is a small town and easily walkable from most areas to the center of town in less than 30 minutes.
Compared to many larger Italian cities, students generally don’t have to worry as much about crime and theft. As long as a student adopts responsible travel habits, usually they will have a smooth and safe experience. While the threat of crime is much lower than in larger cities, Sorrento is a tourist town and criminals can target tourists and non-Italians as “easy” targets.
In general, Sorrento is a safe place to live, and walking around town during the day should generally not be a cause for concern, however students should take care to safeguard their belongings whenever they are out and certainly when traveling. Restaurants and beaches can be easy places for pickpockets, just like in the US, where diners and sunbathers are otherwise preoccupied.
Keep in mind a few tips whether in Sorrento or travelling to stay safe:
Protect your things! - Keep your belongings in sight and, if possible, in hand at all times, with purses and backpacks in front of you, especially when on public transit. If you place your belongs on the floor, keep them firmly between your feet or a hand on them for security.
Cash in! - Try to carry small amounts of cash around town and while travelling. If you must carry a larger amount, carry some in different places, keeping some hidden on your person if possible.
Walk home together! - The same people who will determine you are a target will be looking for Americans walking home alone late at night, especially if you've been at the bar or club. This is where someone will be waiting to find unsuspecting Americans who don't have their full wits.
Leave the passport! - Never carry your important documents unless you absolutely need them, such as your passport when flying. Keep documents in a safe location or hidden on your person when not in use and never keep them in the same place as your money. Instead bring copies with you when you travel, in case of loss or theft (see below).
Copy everything! - Make sure someone else has a copy of your important documents and carry a copy separately from the documents themselves.
Copies of your credit and debit cards, IDs, and other important info you will be carrying while traveling, will help immensely in case of loss or theft. Best advice is to leave one in the US, email copies to yourself, and leave one in your accommodation in Sorrento, in a safe place that you remember. When you travel, carry copies with you in a different place than with the items themselves. If your backpack gets lost and your wallet is in it along with the copies of your cards, it won’t help you to call your credit card companies or bank.
The best tip is to be confident and to have a great experience! Do as the locals do. Adopt and adapt to the local cultures. Don’t be afraid to talk to locals and make friends, but keep your wits about you. When travelling, know what’s going on around you, don’t bury yourself in technology and have a Plan B. Be flexible but make decisions wisely.
Sorrentine people are kind, open, and want you to have an enjoyable and memorable experience.
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