Mafia .............my first thought

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  1. bobandjanie

    bobandjanie Funster Life Member

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    Janie has just mentioned Italy, on the way back or when we come out again.
    We went twenty odd years ago without a care in the world.:rolleyes:

    So as we spend most of our time in Spain, which we all know is full of bandits / thieves wild dogs and Englishman. :LOL:
    And most nights have a really good sleep, ;) but that could be us just being gassed. :)
    How is Italy compared to Spain, is it a safe place because my first thought was Mafia :eek: is it as bad as Spain?
    :D Bob.
     
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    Avoid Sicily :eek:
     
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    I spent a lot of time in Italy when working and as long as you stay well clear of the major cities you should be fine. Milan and Rome being the worst for bandits. Much like any other major city around the world I suppose.
     
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    Italy full of bum bandits, some people will pinch anything, hee hee
     
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    ;) Is that because Garry flatpackchichen goes there Sue. :eek:
    :ROFLMAO: Bob.
     
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    We love Italy and our favourite city in Europe is Rome. Yes you can get robbed but it's no worse than the UK is don't listen to scaremongers just go and enjoy.
     
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    Got to agree, I normally don't like big cities but Rome was so much better than I expected. I also had a month in Sicily and loved it, looking forward to going back.
     
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    Can't say the Mafia have been uppermost in our thoughts when touring in Italy. Organised crime probably gets its cut of tourist Euros through its 'legit' business interests so they don't need to hold you up at the roadside. In fact I reckon the Mafia would get quite upset if tourists were scared away from Italy as they must be a useful income source. We don't feel any more unsafe in Italy than anywhere else in central Europe, although the furthest south we've been is Sorrento.

    I'm not sure I'd want to hang around too long in Naples though - we came off the motorway there an exit too early and it looked a bit third world in places. Anyway, it's not the Mafia who'll get you there it's the Camorra. It's probably best that you don't watch the film Gomorrah if you're nervous in any way about Naples :)

    The other big Italian cities seem the same as any other big European city.
     
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    Being an ex trucker, I always try and park somewhere safe, and being country folk we like our own space, and up until now, when I put my hands in my pocket, I have not found anyone else's in there. :eek:

    We try and stick to small city's, liked Seville and you feel safe, but I think when its like that you drop your guard a bit.:eek:
    :) Bob.
     
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    Where is flat pack chicken these days???
     
  11. Cyclewalkbob

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    We have cycled, been on business, hoteled, moterhomed, and visited a lot of places in Italy, including Sicily!

    We experienced no problems. It's a great place, wonderfull people, fantastic scenery and historical sites and food to die for!

    As with anywhere, you just need to take sensible precautions when you go into a city (or somewhere unfamiliar) as you would in any city in this country or abroad.

    It is often the easiest to use campsites near to the large cities and use train/bus to get to the centre. We did this for Rome, Palermo, Rivenna, Sienna etc and have cycled into a few with our panniers.

    If you are unsure of where you are or it looks a bit dodgy, just avoid it!

    But you can imagine all problems, but do not let them stop you travelling.

    If you have not had awareness training or feel unsure I recomend Jim's book on Motorhome security, I think you can still get it from his website.

    Go to Italy and enjoy it, we have and will continue to do so - off to Pompeii in spring, though flying this time as only have a week!

    If you need advice on wher to visit just PM me.
     
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    We keep our motorhome in Sicily and tour around Sicily and Italy.
    We have found the people very friendly and helpful, never felt threatened or had a problem with the locals.
    Sicily is a beautiful island and well worth a visit!
     
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    We had our pockets "felt" on the Rome Metro, but they got nothing.

    Apart from that. Just do it. I'm thinking we need to do Sicily. Maybe next winter, see if it's an alternative to Spain for the winter. The FUNsters over there right now make it sound warm enough.

    We've had The Italian Job, maybe The Sicily Job, Nov 2015.

    What's more there is the option for Greece once down there.
     
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    There was a very good TV doc on Naples called The System. Organised crime was their way of like, some of it was bad, like the poor sod whose mattress factory kept burning down because he would not pay but some good. They preferred the service of the local godfather to lawyers because the godfather was so much quicker and cheaper than the lawyers.
     
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    I had my bum pinched (repeatedly) in Rome, and my purse stolen from my handbag at the Trevi Fountain. But it hasn't put me off what I believe is the most beautiful city in the world! Would go back tomorrow... (If only for the bum pinching!) no, only kidding, take a dart in your pocket ladies and don't be afraid to use it!
     
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    Ive always said, If they find anything worth Nickin, I'll go 50/50 with em!!:)
     
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    My daughter's boyfriend is from Sicily ... so you lot better start being nice to me or I will make you an offer you can't refuse.. :)
     
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    Bertie Bassett's horse is safe, cos he gave me a like. And so is @flatpackchicken :) x
     
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    When driving down to Gozo I have been through Italy and stopped on Sicily a number of times, including some wild camping. I must admit I prefer Sicily to most of Italy. I don't think it's the Mafia you need to worry about, it's the drivers especially near the bigger towns.:(
     
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