I have recently returned from 12 days with two friends in Venice and Menaggio. I am convinved that I had money stolen from my wallet on the train from Milan to Venice. I say convinced because I did not know it happened until several hours later and not sure how they managed to pull it off. I am a fairly experienced traveller, this is my third visit to Italy and I have been to several other countries over the last 30 years. I try to be on guard with my handbag and wallet and remember being so in Milan Central station. We arrived in Milan on Easter Sunday with tickets booked for the train. When we boarded a well dressed older couple were sitting in our seats. There was some discussion with one of my friends as to the seats and looking back on it both of them managed to separate us. The lady did not want to give up the seats and refused to move but her husband seemed more reasonable. As I was struggling with my suitcase he helped me put it on the overhead rack and that is the only time I can think I was distracted from my handbag, (I remember the last time I had it open) and think that is when she must have slipped her hand into my bag, all of 20 seconds. When we settled he left (I thought to find their seats) she stayed in a spare seat for about 15 minutes then left. I did not open my wallet until shopping in Venice several hours later and found all money gone (250 euro & $A250 I know too much, luckily I had separated 250 euro to another bag). My dedit card and other ID was still there so it wasn't a complete disaster. I feel quite foolish as I was constantly reminding one of my friends who has not travelled much to be careful. So not wanting to sound too alarmist please be careful. PS we still had a great time in Venice.