Subject: Re: Pickpockets Italy
I managed to survive a trip to Florence with all valuablable in tact. However, I have also heard that pickpocketing is notoriously bad in Italy. I have heard from more than one source that a typical ploy is for a group of young children to surround and distract a stranger by asking for money, candy, or just being loud kids, while one or more picks pockets. They are easy to avoid and generally not dangerous. If you see a group of children coming towards you, cross the street, go into a building, or otherwise avoid them. I have also heard that fanny packs are a mistake because the only people who wear them are American tourists therefore they're like a big red target.

Erina in Reston, VA