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Train Travel safety in Italy

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I am looking for some forum safety advice. I am a seasoned traveller to Italy, familiar with the trains and ticketing, etc. However, for my upcoming trip in November, I will be "solo" and travelling distances with luggage (ie. Genoa to Stuttgart). Prior trips were either with a companion, or day trips without luggage, so leaving the compartment to use the restroom, etc. was never an issue.

My question is if it is reasonable safe to leave your luggage (locked) or should I travel wtih a bike lock or someting to chain it up while I run to the toliet? (I'm laughing as I am typing this and thinking perhaps I should just by some Depends....). In this day in age, asking someone to "watch your bag" is not often an option.

In all seriousness, I am aware that there are "gypsies" that are more than willing to help you board your luggage, and I'd hate the thought of leaving for 5 minutes and finding it "gone." I only travel with a carryon, and a small sachtel("You bring it, you sling it!") and use first class whenever possible.

Thoughts and comments, please.

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