Two questions for any State Dept. readers or experts:
Is it necessary to take your original passport with you on outings or will a copy do?
And, Are you required to surrend it to a local official if requested? When we were in Italy years ago, we made the mistake of surrenedering our passports, at the request of the local police, and then got hijacked for a lot of money to get them back. Do not want to repeat this experience!
Thanks for any advice!