BEWARE! Another car scam in Italy. Rental cars are marked with neon yellow stickers, so everyone knows you’re a tourist driving.
Man # 1 comes up behind on a bike or scooter, slashes your rear tire, then acts “helpful” telling you the tire is flat. When you pull over, he stays with you. Tries to convince you to go to a “garage” nearby with him.
DON’T do it, they take you to an isolated place & rob you at gun point. When you refuse (as we did) Man # 2 comes along to be “helpful” & also tries to convince you to go to the “garage.” They’re both casing the car & your belongings.
At some point, you’ll be distracted & they’ll get something from the car. In our case, it was my husband’s passport. So be forewarned. You’ll be charged for all the car damages, the police can’t do anything.
However, there is a US Consulate in Milan, so you can get another passport if needed. The Consulate says this is the # 2 scam against tourists in Italy now.