My husband and I will be doing 3 nights, mid-October, first time visitors. We are currently booked at the Boscolo (free with Marriott points) but am a bit concerned about the location. We like to walk so its proximity to the 'tourist' areas is not a concern, but we generally prefer to use metro/trams. Is this area safe for public transportation? What about at night? Obviously taking a cab is an option but I get a sense that hailing a cab off the street isn't the safest in terms of getting scammed from reading the forums. Not sure if I could call a cab not speaking the language. We are used to traveling using public transportation just a little worried if it's considered generally safe.
My other choice would be to go to the Intercontinental or Sofitel area, but it's hard to beat free! (plus the architecture of the Boscolo sounds like an unforgettable treat)