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Italy...what bad things are they good at?

Italy...what bad things are they good at?

Jan 17th, 2007, 12:43 PM
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Italy...what bad things are they good at?

I was reading a post on protecting ones wallet by earlier posters. I am coming back to Italy for the first time in a long while. I am curious to know what other kinds of everyday problems people have had in Italy. I will be in Florence for a month...when out and about what dangers lie in wait for one as trusting as I?
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Jan 17th, 2007, 03:06 PM
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The biggest danger is weight gain due to all of the fantastic food that awaits. I would not worry about much else, especially in Florence.
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Jan 17th, 2007, 03:37 PM
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Do be careful of the gypsies and their children. They will rob you blind in a second. Just be firm with them when they start begging. Believe me, they work in groups. One will distract you while the other steals from you.
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Jan 17th, 2007, 04:31 PM
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My best advice is to smile and remember it is their country and you are merely a guest.
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Jan 17th, 2007, 04:45 PM
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my main problem was the price of Brunello wine ( love it).
 
Jan 17th, 2007, 04:48 PM
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Thanks for your responses...I am quite wary of the food and plan to test a lot of different items to make sure that none is poison..
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Feb 3rd, 2007, 02:46 PM
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Italian don't care about manners?? Really?? That is news to me. Italians are very aware of manners, lol.
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Feb 3rd, 2007, 03:08 PM
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I don't know that I've met more gracious, more compassionate, more considerate people anywhere in the world. That whole "yelling" thing is stereotype combined with misunderstanding, just as it is to label Germans as curt or British as stuffy. Interestingly, many cultures that are often stereotyped for being "reserved" are those who most commonly travel in Italy.
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Feb 3rd, 2007, 03:17 PM
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Hi LucieV, post on the posters name and read the other post. A worried traveler it appears!
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Feb 3rd, 2007, 03:22 PM
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They have some pretty bad football supporters - http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/6327655.stm
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Feb 3rd, 2007, 03:26 PM
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Either that, Love, or a provocateur.
Why? Because NObody goes to Italy who is wary of food!
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Feb 3rd, 2007, 03:30 PM
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Italians are good at being bad!
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Feb 3rd, 2007, 03:33 PM
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Good call, mcnyc.

That has to be the reason my husband & I feel so at home in Italy.

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Feb 3rd, 2007, 03:36 PM
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Just a caution re the terrible danger of stiff necks caused by looking up at all the gorgeous art on cathedrals. I prescribe stopping periodically for a glass of the previously-mentioned Brunello or a long, lingering visit to a nearby cafe. Doctor's orders.
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Feb 3rd, 2007, 03:41 PM
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Excellent precautionary advice, hdm.
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Feb 3rd, 2007, 05:03 PM
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And hdm, you forgot to mention..looking up at all of the beautiful and antique architect can cause one to stumble and fall as I did in Milan one trip! Danger everywhere in Italy it seems, lol!
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Feb 3rd, 2007, 06:14 PM
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Well- I think someone who is too trusting will have problems in almost every city in the world. Florence is definitely on the safer side for big cities - but there are all the usual scams everywhere. And it's up to you to be aware of/avoid them - and take proper care of your belongings.

As long as you do that you shoud have no problems.
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