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How worried should I be about theft in Italy?

How worried should I be about theft in Italy?

Feb 28th, 2007, 05:36 AM
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flygirl - If you want a fast and light prime lens, consider the Sigma 30mm/1.4. A little wider than the Canon 35, and on the 1.6x crop body, it's basically the same as a 50mm standard lens on full frame.

From what I read, the optics is really nice, but some people have problems with quality. May want to test one out at a store.
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Mar 1st, 2007, 12:23 PM
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Hi ltilley,

I last did Italy in '95 but I'm sure things are pretty much the same vis a vis pickpockets. I was solo on my trip but was amused to see a trio of gypsy children about 8-12 years old make a bee-line towards me when the recognised a North American tourist.

What they'l often do (if the MO hasn't changed, that is) is open a newspaper over their forearm and pretend to be begging for a handout. The newspaper is to cover their hand from view while they try to pickpocket you. In my case, I was wearing a pair of Tilley Endurables pants which have an inside Velcro pocket so I wasn't actually concerned about losing anything.

Bottom line, you're going to be readily identifiable to any local as a tourist and the trick will be to not have anything more on your person than you really need to be carrying.

HTH and is not too late.
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Mar 1st, 2007, 08:46 PM
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I've been to Europe umpteen times and was accosted my very first week there back in 1985, in Nice, by a gypsy woman and her kids.

I thought I'd broken my thum trying to get away, but I was lucky that time, and a great lesson learned.

One has to take the NYC attitude, don't look at other people, act as if you belong.

PAY ATTENTION. This doesn't mean that you can't have a good time and relax. Know when to relax and when to pay attention. Warn others, if you see a potential problem, traveling with you, as they might be more naive or less traveled than you.

I have used Le Sport Sac since day 1, with its 5 zippers, to get around.

I was beginning to feel pretty much infallible about traveling until last year, when someone 'lifted' 50 Euros out of my pants pocket in a metro in Rome during a 'disturbance'.

The good news is that Le Sport Sac, with all of its zippers, is hard to get in to. It carries anything from a camera and lenses to a 12 pack, and everything in between.

Net net, rravel smart.
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