We recently spent 2 nights in Rome, on our way to and from our cruise. We had to catch the train to and from Termini. BEWARE. 4 people on the way to their cruise on the same day, had their luggage stolen. Various methods were used to steal the luggage.
People helped an American lady put her luggage on the train, that was the last she saw of it, it was probably removed by the same people who put it on. Another man was sleeping with his bag next to him, a man jumped on and said "I forgot my bag" and grabbed it in front of everyone who thought how silly to forget his bag, but of course it was the sleeping man's bag. Guys dropped some coins on the floor of the train and while this old couple bent down to help pick up the coins, they grabbed the old couple's bags and ran. We had been so careful as a result of these cases and when we took a packed bus on the way to Termini a man stole my husband's wallet from his front trouser pocket while he was crushing onto him on the train, my husband realised immediately it was gone as he was constantly checking and turned to the guy and told him to give him back his wallet. As my husband was much taller than this guy and he felt threatened, next thing we knew ithe wallet was lying on the floor, thank goodness. So I can't stress enough on the importance of wearing a money belt, not having anything in any pockets and holding onto your luggage AT ALL TIMES. There are no police about in Rome and they do not care. Paris has improved so much and on every platform on the metro there are inspectors and we felt so much safer. We could not wait to leave Rome, I can't understand why the police are not taking this more seriously, we have travelled all over the world and Rome is the only place we felt really unsafe with our belongings.