We will be visiting Milan and Venice in May and since my IP does not have local access numbers in Italy I am wondering about the availability of internet cafes or other places where one can check e-mail. And if these places exist, do I need to bring my laptop or are there already computers there?
My second question is about crime; so many people are warning us of rampant pick-pocketing, purse-snatching, car-rifling etc. in Italy. I wonder, is it really so much worse than in the US? I live in the LA area; is it worse than that in Milan? Do I have to hide all my valuables in my undies for the entire 2 weeks?
Any advice on these issues or other useful travel tips you might have would be greatly appreciated.