Hi everyone! I am going on a high school trip to France and Italy, and we'll be spending some time in Florence. I must say that I am rather nervous about it after hearing about the thefts and pickpocketing that occurs. Obviously, exercising caution and being alert are the best ways to handle it, but I was hoping if anyone had any other suggestions of things to do to protect myself and my group?
Also, I have heard a lot about the tricks and things that the robbers use, and that there are problems with gypsies in some parts of Italy. Does anyone have any experiences that they'd like to share, or can someone tell me what I should be on the lookout for? Thanks so much, any feedback is appreciated!
Just some other info:
-group of 13 high school students (aged 15-17)
-we will have probably three to four adults with us most of the time
-we will have some time away from the group to go with a smaller group for shopping
-we are generally mature, alert and aware people