Rome - We Are Pickpocket Survivors.
Trip Start Feb 01, 2005
402Trip End Dec 31, 2013
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There is a really nasty side to Rome however,which we experienced first hand. We were getting on a bus with our full packs on after our Southern Italian trip and we had just been to a hotel to book in and they had lost our reservation. Avan had his passport in his pocket as it is required for booking into the hotel. It would not normally have been there. As we boarded the very crowded bus Avan was pushed very hard from behind and he turned and said to the bloke wait your turn and didn't think it was anything other than a push
The very next day while on the subway we witnessed another pickpocket attempt where a gypsy woman with baby pushed hard into a man whilst a 10 year old girl went for his pockets while he was unbalanced. fortunately he also avoided being robbed. The gypsies actually position themselves near the train doors and you feel as if you are running the gauntlet just to get off/on the train! There were many fellow travellers who had similar stories with some losing wallets and bags to the pickpockets.
Footnote: Colosseum Rome, Italy is one of the New Seven Wonders Of The World Winners.