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1. Posted by Felix300 (Budding Member 16 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Guys, could you tell me about "tourist traps" in Italy? I mean all stupid laws, big fines - everything one could find ridiculous, but at the same time should be aware of during the visit to this marvellous country.
Thank you in advance, Andrei.

2. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Not so much a tourist trap, but if you catch any trains make sure you not only purchase your ticket, but you validate it in the little machine at the platform as well. If you don't validate your ticket even though you purchased it, you'll have a good chance of getting a nasty fine if a ticket inspector comes on and checks your ticket and finds it hasn't been validated. In most places in Europe they didn't seem to care less if it hadn't been put in the validator machine as they'd just punch a hole in the ticket anyway, but in Italy it is a big issue.

[ Edit: Edited on Sep 8, 2007, at 12:56 AM by aharrold45 ]

3. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hello Felix:)

Beware of pickpockets.
Check your money when u get back change after u buy something.
I dont know if there are still gypsy kids begging in parts of Italy. If there are, dont take out your wallet in order to give them something. They may help themselves to more than u intend to give. But u can apply this to all beggers in Italy, just to be safer. Keep change in your pocket, so u can take it out, without taking out your wallet, if u want to give to people begging. But dont worry too much. There are not too many beggers in Italy.
I personally would avoid taking taxis. They often overcharge foreigners, and not just by a few cents either. Use the public transport buses and trains.
In the poorer regions(south) be careful. I would avoid wandering around unnecessarily, after dark, and beware of muggers.


4. Posted by travelbug_ (Respected Member 110 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hi Felix

Whereabouts in Italy are you planning to go to ?

Generally I agree with Mel, beware of pickpockets.

Mimi :)

5. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

If you choose to eat in the tourist cafes around, say, Piazza di Spagna, check your bill 'cause they have a tendency to 'accidentally' add on a few items.

Thinking about it this happens in London too.

[ Edit: Edited on Sep 8, 2007, at 4:49 AM by magykal1 ]

6. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

If you're going to see the Vatican Museums, line up early - like before 8. Else you'll find yourself in a long, long line and you may or may not get in. We even managed to skp the line up for St. Peter's by arriving an hour and a bit before closing time on a Monday. Other thatn that, but your gelato away from the city centre and if you're going to buy something off a street vendor, be prepared to wheel and deal. Have a great trip!