Can someone tell me what areas should be avoided at night which are OUTSIDE of the tourist areas? For example, regions or neighbourhoods of town (i.e. Chicago's south side, Southeast DC, etc)
Please - no typical TA blanket comments like "Rome is like any other big city, just keep your wits about you and don't go anywhere that you wouldn't go in your own city". The reality is, tourists do get out of the main areas sometimes - and we need to know specifics. I believe Rome is generally a safe city, as I have read on here. That doesn't mean there might not be regions of town (i.e. south, west) that tend to have higher poverty and crime and should be avoided. Is there anywhere that public transit doesn't run in the wee hours, or where it might be hard to get a taxi? Street corners outside of the tourist areas where there is prostitution or drug crime that regularly goes on that should be absolutely avoided?
I would like to use buses to get back to my hotel at night, if I find myself in an outlying area. I am staying near Metro Spagna. I realize the metro doesn't run that late. Will there be any places where waiting at a bus stop (potentially for an hour, as buses don't run that often at night) that it may be dangerous to wait too long? Are there any areas taxis will refuse to pick you up if you call/text for one because they fear for their own safety?