Italy Warnings and Dangers

  • ZTL sign in Gubbio (Via Savelli)
    ZTL sign in Gubbio (Via Savelli)
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    Read the sign!
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    Ceri - on Piazza Grande, just before the...
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Italy Warnings and Dangers

  • Pickpockets and Purse-Snatchers

    Rome Warnings and Dangers

    I always wanted to go to Rome so we chose to go there for our honeymoon. Now I would never ever go there again and would not recommend Rome! There are simply a lot of things wrong over there and pickpocketing is not the only problem. Ciampino airport is very small and there are not enough seating. Crossing the roads is absolutely dangerous as the...

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  • Pickpockets, etc

    Venice Warnings and Dangers

    The best advice I ever got as a tourist was from the Rick Steve's guidebook, which I took to Venice in 2007. He says to NEVER put valuables in tote bags, purses, or pockets in any country you visit ( I say, even in the USA where I live). Instead, buy an inexpensive silk body belt pouch and put money, passport, credit cards, etc. in it, and wear it...

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  • Pickpockets

    Florence Warnings and Dangers

    Pickpockets are everywhere, especially where tourists like to hang out – so take common sense precautions as you travel in Florence. - Don’t flash your valuables around – expensive camera equipment, lots of cash, etc. - Hide your passport, credit cards, and extra money in a money belt that fits under your clothing. - If you carry a purse, put it...

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  • Central Station

    Milan Warnings and Dangers

    Be careful: Groups of pickpockets are constantly positioned around the metro ticket vending machines at the main station (Centrale). As soon as a person starts a ticket demand process they arrange themselfs around this person and start to grab your change, not afraid to attack you physically. The security vanishes immediately. This is well known...

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  • Other

    Verona Warnings and Dangers

    Most attractions and other buildings, some shops etc will be closed on a Monday But don't worry, there's still plenty to see and do, especially a lazy walk between the piazzas or some people watching in a cafe Or you could use Monday to take a trip to Venice or Lake Garda

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  • The dogs

    Pompeii Warnings and Dangers

    While we were there in April 2010 the signs around Pompeii were quite clear. The dogs have started out as strays but have been 'adopted' by Pompeii which has been establlished as a dog sanctuary. All the animals are fed at least once a day, subject to vet checkups and wear red collars to denote as such. Other than this they are left to their own...

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  • The Tower

    Pisa Warnings and Dangers

    I have never felt the need to climb the Tower, but you may. You will certainly need to book your ticket online in advance. Tower tickets are strictly limited per day, and are frequently block-booked by tour groups. The chances of you getting tickets by just wandering up and slim at any time of year and, I suspect, non-existent if you visit in high...

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  • Historic Centre: not always a safe...

    Genoa Warnings and Dangers

    Large group of tourists invariably attracting all sorts of thieves. Those who can afford to travel usually carry cash money, even if small, and its exactly with which thieves count. The crowd is ideal for pickpocketing, especially if the victim is penned in the mass and stationary. Distracting the attention of the victim and making him/her careless...

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  • Beggars and Cons

    Rome Warnings and Dangers

    If it sounds too good to be true, it most likely is… The old adage is a good one to remember when in Rome and dealing with some of the shadier people that prey on naive tourists. Hubby and I have heard many tales of tourist woes and several friends have had things stolen in Rome. So mentally we knew the risks. We travel a lot and think of...

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  • Acqua Alta

    Venice Warnings and Dangers

    You will have seen how an important part of Venice is covered with water often above 1 m high, with a maximum of 136 cm, in these first days of December 2010. Tourists might think that Aqua Alta only happens in the winter. Not necessarily, it can even happen in the summer. At end August 1995 we experienced high water 5 -10 cm! There had been...

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  • Shopping

    Florence Warnings and Dangers

    I don't really know what happened; my Italian isn't good enough, and the shopkeeper couldn't/wouldn't speak English. But is was a most unpleasant experience, and possibly worth relating as a warning. I had purchased a pack of 100 cigarettes (a present) from a small 'Tabacchi' (on Via Cavour, very near Piazza S. Marco). Paid cash, got change, no...

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  • Pick Pockets

    Milan Warnings and Dangers

    I was travelling with my Wife on 12th July 2012 to Tremezzo by taking the Train from Milan Central Station to San Giovani,the Train Schedule was at 15.10,but was late for 15 minutes,our Wagon was No. 9 at the tail of the Train,the Platform was full of people,and We had to run for catching the Train ,when we just step up the Wagon a Girl holed my...

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  • Pick Pockets

    Verona Warnings and Dangers

    This is Portoni della Bra, the City Gate - entrance into the Centro Storico of Verona. This part of the town is very crowded with thousands of tourists, also it is crowded with pickpockets too. Be very careful when entering in the Arena, standing in front of it surrounded with the crowd or strolling in Via Mazzani.

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  • Pickpokets

    Pisa Warnings and Dangers

    The gypsies are in huge numbers in Pisa especially at the train station! Travelers are distracted usually rolling luggage along, reading signs and distracted with the noise and people. They are carrying all their money and valuables. This is a perfect time for thieves to strike. It is usually with a slight bump that can happen in a crowded setting....

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  • Train Stations

    Rome Warnings and Dangers

    8.a.m on the June 13-2014: I arrived at Roma Tiburtina station. got onto the Florence-bound Italo train and put my bag on the rack of coach number 6. When the train was still standing at the platform, a man (tall and not very dark) passing by our seats. From nowhere some Euro coins were seen on the coach floor. The same man was asking around whose...

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  • Pigeons

    Venice Warnings and Dangers

    Many tourists seem to delight in feeding the local pidgeons. Some even lie flat on the ground in St Mark's square and somewhat bizzarely cover themeselves in crumbs. Well, each to their own but pidgeons have been known to carry Chiamdiosis, a virus similar to influenza, and Psittacosis, similar to pneumonia. Your choice.

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  • Traffic

    Florence Warnings and Dangers

    Everywhere! Lots of people, surrounding buildings, mixing with spread statues, filling your photos. I was there in winter, so... I may imagine what happens in summer. It's "forbidden" to make a picture without a multitude of heads and backs.

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  • Traffic

    Milan Warnings and Dangers

    Driving car in Milan might be adventure (a nightmare) for you because of a very huge traffic. However, if you want to test your nerves and courage you are welcom in the club. The best entrance in the centre of the city, I can suggest, is: Cinisello Balsamo, on rotonda turn on the left in Vialle ZARA untill the end of it, on another rotonda go left...

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  • Traffic

    Verona Warnings and Dangers

    Do not drive all around the arena, since you may get ticketed. There are unidentified places where it is tourist-pedestrian only, and no vehicles allowed, but the markings would not show that for you to know. Two policia are standing close by to give out tickets, and they enforce the law, if you know what it even is. Somehow we ended up inside the...

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  • Prices

    Pisa Warnings and Dangers

    On our way home from a trip to Florence we visited Pisa and wandered up the street away from the cathedral looking for somewher for lunch. We went into a modern, nice looking restaurant with friendly staff and service (don't remember the name but about fifty yards before the Japanese restaurant on the right). After 2 pizzas, a sprite, a beer, 2...

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  • Proper Clothing

    Rome Warnings and Dangers

    There is a dress code if you are to visit St. Peter's Basilica. Shorts are not allowed for men or women, Tank tops, bare shoulders or short skirts are not permitted. Dress appropriately or they will turn you away from the entrance. We saw many people being turned away for improper attire. We played it smart and I work a polo with pants and Liz...

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  • Public Restrooms

    Florence Warnings and Dangers

    Like many European cities, there are not a lot of public bathrooms (WCs, Toiletten) available. I did see a couple signs for WCs around the town, usually in out of the way places. So it is always a good idea to use the bathrooms when you find them in a place you are patronizing – in your hotel, in the café, in the restaurant, in the museums. If I...

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  • Lockers

    Pisa Warnings and Dangers

    There is a place at the trainstation to store the luggage, B U T : it is OUT OF ORDER due to the attacks of Sept. 11th. Recently at least the counter was reopened again, where you may hand over your lugguage to the people in the trainstation - BUT only at restricted hours you may get it back, and you have to pay an extra fee for each and every,...

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  • Traffic

    Rome Warnings and Dangers

    We are taught to walk on the sidewalk and not cross except at the striped pedestrian crossings. In fact, here in the States legal protection is related to using pedestrian crosswalks. Pedestrians do NOT have the right of way here, so don't try to play chicken with a Roman driver. In Italy, it seems to me, traffic signs seem to be advisory only!...

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  • Taxis

    Florence Warnings and Dangers

    Even with the taxis using meters I got ripped off three times. Once was by not being familiar with the city and I took a taxi from the train station to the Hotel--which was 5 blocks away! It still came to 5 Euros. Another time I got lost 2 blocks from the hotel and we drove around for a while longer than necessary. The last time, my teenaged...

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  • Police Behavior

    Rome Warnings and Dangers

    I was photographing the Trevi Fountain at night with my college classmates, for which you need a tripod to mount your camera on as there are slow shutter speeds used. There was absolutely no problem using them during the day time and for the first 20 minutes of the night shoot, then all of a sudden this little police man with the worst attitude...

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  • Handicaps

    Rome Warnings and Dangers

    If you are in a wheelchair - Rome is possible but it is very hair raising. Cobblestones are enough to kill you. Tree roots. Crowds of people determined not to lose their place in the queue. Hills! Ancient sites do not do wheelchair accessible very well. Stepping out to cross a Roman street is always exciting - but when you have a down ramp on one...

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  • Toilets

    Having a bowel disease, a little problem for me is the quality of Italian toilets. I've found that in both Sardinia and Milan that a lot of times, the toilets aren't up to scratch. Especially in Sardinia where a lot of toilets have no paper, no seat or no soap so come prepared! Also, a lot of them don't even have locks on the male toilets, though...

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  • avoid this car hire company

    Goldcar are a Spanish outfit that have recently expanded into Italy. Do not book directly with them and check if you use a car hire booking agent that they are not your local supplier. All of this information is reality available elsewhere, so don't just take my word for it.They operate the following practices amongst others :1) Insist that you...

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  • No warnings, just learn some "rules" :)

    When I look at the warning & danger section in the Italy travel guide I come across so many “warnings” which are actually no warnings but clear cases that someone missed the rule “when in Rome, do as the Romans do” or learn the rules before setting a foot into a foreign country. Things are not like at home.First of all there is the thing with...

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  • Some motorway mergers can be deadly!

    From my driving experience in Italy, the autostrade are excellent roads which are really safe despite the chaotic traffic otherwise. There is one exception I know of though (and there might be more with such a merger scheme): the connection between Autostrada del Sole A1 (Roma-Firenze and then northbound) and Autostrada Adriatica A14 (along...

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  • Bring warm clothes, official heating...

    This might sound silly for some ears, including mine, but Italy has a law for official heating periods. Since the weather nowadays gives a **** what month or season it is, cooler periods than “normal” for the time of year can result. Depending where you stay, don’t expect the heating systems to work. This has to do with the fact that energy is...

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  • Counterfeited banknotes – check twice

    Since January 1st, 2002, the currency in many European country is the Euro, also in Italy. And since then the counterfeiters are active. European Central Bank, ECB, publishes statistics on a biannual base; the latest are the January 2011 statistics. They show that the most popular denomination is 50 €, followed by 20 € and 100 €. The discussion...

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  • Endangered plants – please do not pick...

    Wildflowers, no matter if they grow on meadows, at creeks or in the mountains are beautiful to discover, to look at and to take photos of. But many of them are classified as endangered species and thus are forbidden to be destroyed or being picked. Unfortunately I didn’t find a proper list with photos of the endangered plants in Italy (there must...

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  • Keep your bill for everything you pay...

    When you pay for anything, be it meals, drinks, books and postcards, gifts, remedy, hotel room, entrance tickets, petrol, taxi drive, shopping items, well just anything for which you hand over your money, you will get a bill or check. You must keep this until you are minimum 50 metres away from the shop, hotel, taxi, supermarket etc. It is simply...

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  • Be careful of tickets which stick...

    When validating tickets, make sure they are not stuck together. Once i accidentally validated 2 tickets together,without realising that they were two tickets as they were stuck together. Although the back of one ticket was validated with the time and date, and the back of the other had no print on its back, i still could not pass it through the...

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  • Validate your public transport ticket

    Always validate your transport ticket especially to the one going to the airport. If caught , will be heavily fined. That money can be used for other things.I was told if the machine is not working then you need to write the date and day and time you boarded the bus/tram

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  • Pay Cash If You Are From The States

    Americans visiting Italy be careful with your American credit and debit cards. We are not issued the micro chipped cards that most Europeans are. This means that the banks there can and sometimes do tack on pretty large fees. The store owner will not even know about this. So they cannot warn you.We reviewed our purchases at home and found that in...

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  • Transport Strikes

    The Italian labor movement is very active. Strikes can unfortunately be a big inconvenience for the tourist. Luckily, many of the strikes are announced beforehand so there is some chance to make alternative plans. Based on my own experience, one suggestion would be to email the hotel you are staying at before leaving home. Ask them if they can...

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  • Eating/Drinking in Public

    New laws have popped up around Italy - notably in Venice, Rome and Florence - about eating and drinking in public places. Besides the usual problem of sloppy people leaving trash all over, it appears that Italians feel a bit differently about the indiscriminate noshing so common in the US. While they do indeed have their version of fast food, it is...

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  • Warning: Rude people everywhere!!

    After spending 25 days traveling around Italy, this is a warning I must give to anyone intending to go to Italy: don't expect any local to be polite with you just because you are spending tons of cash during you visit to their country. Seems like that even with the crisis they just don't care. Rudeness is everywhere!!

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  • Cleaning and Renovation

    It can be an enormous disappointment to finally get to Italy and find that must-see building, painting, fountain or other piece of antiquity covered in scaffolding, shrouded in plastic or missing entirely. Light, pollution, weather and crowds take a costly toll on these things and they all need the occasional sprucing up and/or inspection for...

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  • Safe and Sound

    Anywhere in the world that tourists go there will be light fingers itching to relieve them of their wallets, phones, cameras or anything else of value. Most of their victims made that easy, too. Some tips for avoiding vacation-wrecking theft:• Always make duplicate copies of your cards, passport, ID, and travel insurance documents and keep those...

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  • Crossing the street: not for sissies

    Pedestrians can find crossing an Italian street to be a hair-raising experience. Traffic laws exist but they appear to be optional. The trick is to use crosswalks whenever you can and not to hesitate: put your head down and GO, and never stop halfway through or you'll just confuse everyone. Cars and motorcycles will either stop or zip around you...

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  • What's afoot

    Girlfriends, don't even think about sightseeing in strappy little heels: you'll be miserable. Even the ever-stylish Italians, who are famous for gorgeous shoes, don't wear anything flimsy if they have to walk any kind of distance. The older cities especially are cobblestones from one end to the other, sidewalks are narrow and uneven, and you'll be...

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Comments (1)

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Apr 4, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    I just found an article about manipulated ATM machines in Italy. Although it is in Italian only, but the photo they show speaks for itself.
    Be careful and check the bancomates! These will more likely be in the tourist centres and bigger cities:
    notiziario360.it/truffe-sui-...

    • leics's Profile Photo
      Apr 4, 2013 at 11:47 PM

      Yes, similar has happened here too. It's also a good idea to make sure you keep a hand or something over the buttons as you type in your PIN: there have been tiny cameras used, fixed above the keyboard, as well as things which 'skim' the card details on insertion. It's always a good idea to check all ATMs, anywhere, before you start and, preferably, use bank ones when the bank is open.

    • Trekki's Profile Photo
      Apr 4, 2013 at 11:55 PM

      Yes, it seems to be quite popular, happens in Germany since ages and surely happened in Italy as well since ages. I found the photo helpful.
      And yes, never draw money in evenings - always when the bank is open :-) I do that too :-)

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