I want to think all of you for responding to the questions I have posted . We will be traveling to Italy in late March, and our plans are pretty much complete. However, one concern that my wife and I have is the constant warnings in travel books and internet websites about pickpockets in the major cities in Italy. I even read a message on the home page of a restaurant in Rome warning customers to be aware of pickpockets while waiting for their meals. I was also told that some people in Rome will approach right out in the open. How prevalent is this in most cities? I keep reading "Try not to look like a tourist". Difficult not to look like a tourist when I'm taking photographs of the sights. I'm not trying to be paranoid. We've been in many large cities in Europe and never had a problem. Obviously we need to be careful. But are Rome, Venice, and Florence really as bad as we keep reading they are? Your comments are greatly appreciated.