We’ve Been Robbed!

Despite really liking Pisa yesterday and parking what we thought was a ‘safe’ area in a road named Via Vittorio Venetto, just outside the city walls in a very open parking space alongside the pavement with other motorhomes and cars, we discovered late last night that we had in fact been broken into.

What the thieves took was a rucksack containing a large padlock for our bikes and some tools for the bikes and also my bag that I use for cycling containing  a spare innertube, puncture repair kit, bike lights and bike computer!

When we returned back to the camper after visiting Pisa we had a warning light on the dashboard saying attempted break in so we checked all the doors and found no sign of a break in.  It was only last night as we were getting ready for bed that we noticed the rucksack and bags had gone!

We are assuming that they managed to open one of the back doors slightly and reach in and pull the bags out. We feel fortunate that only minor items have been taken (we have checked for anything else missing) and if you are planning to visit Pisa, please be aware that no matter where you park, your valuables are not safe.  Please be careful everyone.



20 thoughts on “We’ve Been Robbed!

  1. Nia September 12, 2016 / 6:57 am

    Sorry to hear you were broken into Rosie. I hope they didn’t do any damage to the van doors. Although this is very distressing and annoying, it sounds like it could have been much worse in terms of what they took.
    Thanks for the warning x


    • Rosie Pike September 12, 2016 / 9:19 am

      Thanks Nia, it could have been far worse and we are totally mystified as to how they did it with no sign of damage to any doors. X


  2. Alan and Gloria September 12, 2016 / 7:49 am

    So sorry to hear this, glad you and tony are ok and only small stuff taken. Although it is the shock of having it done to you, hope it doesn’t spoil your holiday too much. Love from us Alan and gloria X


    • Rosie Pike September 12, 2016 / 11:01 am

      Thanks guys. We are not overly upset as only bike bits taken but totally mystified as to how they opened the back door. Think it was a snatch and grab as alarm must have gone off so they only had time to grab what they could reach. Still enjoying the holiday. Guess the parking wasn’t free after all! X


  3. Keith Blacker September 12, 2016 / 8:49 am


    Sorry to hear about the robbery. We did go to Pisa when we lived in Italy but don’t know the area where it happened. Keep smiling!




    • Rosie Pike September 12, 2016 / 11:03 am

      Thanks Keith, could have been worse and not letting it ruin the holiday. It was a very open area with marked parking bays that you would normally have to pay for with passers by on foot and by road. X

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  4. Richard and Linda September 12, 2016 / 9:44 am

    Sorry to hear about your breakin. We hope one bad apple does not spoil your taste for Italy. Enjoy the rest of your holiday .


    • Rosie Pike September 12, 2016 / 11:13 am

      Thank you. Just a bit annoying I really liked my bike lights and it was Tony’s rucksack so I still have my biking one! Half expected it to happen in Italy but not allowing it to make us feel negative about Italy. Just need to find a Decathlon to restock!


  5. Strong September 12, 2016 / 10:07 am

    Hi Rose Sorry to hear about your breakin. I know you really liked your bike rucksack. We hope that one bad apple does not spoil your taste for Italy. Richard and Linda


  6. Linda Sansun September 12, 2016 / 10:50 am

    Sorry to hear that Rose. I know how violated you feel after having your things taken, even if it wasn’t anything expensive. I’m glad they don’t appear to have done any damage and you’re both OK xx

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    • Rosie Pike September 12, 2016 / 11:06 am

      Yes, thanks Linda. Hope you are keeping well. X


  7. icklelees September 12, 2016 / 12:25 pm

    Same warning for Pompeii….daylight robbery everywhere! Sorry to hear your misfortune!


    • Rosie Pike September 12, 2016 / 1:24 pm

      Thanks Cathanne, it’s made us be more alert and Tony has devised some extra barriers inside the van to stop the doors being opened from outside! X


  8. Barbara Ireland September 12, 2016 / 3:22 pm

    Hi Rosie, sorry to hear about the break-in, must have been quite a shock but glad they haven’t taken anything irreplaceable. Hope the rest of your holiday is trouble-free. Barbara and Tony x


    • Rosie Pike September 12, 2016 / 8:16 pm

      Hi Barbara and Tony, it could have been worse, it could have been the laptop and then I would be a bit annoyed that I couldn’t do my blog! All is well still enjoying Italy. X


  9. pennyreynolds48 September 13, 2016 / 11:50 am

    Rosie and Tony so sorry to hear that you have had your van broken into, though thankfully you were not in it at the time and the robbers got away with relatively little. We spoke to a gentleman in Piza who had been broken into whilst he and his wife were in the supermarket! Hope the sunshine is still with you. Love to you both xx


    • Rosie Pike September 14, 2016 / 3:38 pm

      Hi Penny & Marc, thanks for your message, just annoying more than anything and totally mystifying as to how they got in absolutely no sign of any damage to any of the doors but they must have got in the back doors somehow and just reached across and grabbed the bags. The weather has been amazing, a bit too hot as you know but I think we are in for a few days of unsettled weather after today. Tomorrow we will be making our way to Lake Trasimeno. Have been enjoying reading your blog. Love Rosie & Tony xx


  10. john and carol September 13, 2016 / 6:58 pm

    Sorry to hear the mafia got to you.Don t let it spoil your holifday .l have got some heavy duty padlocks in stock.special price to you as you are my sister john and carol


    • Rosie Pike September 14, 2016 / 3:35 pm

      I am so lucky to have you as my brother, please save me one of the heavy duty padlocks. x


  11. liz September 15, 2016 / 3:53 pm

    OMG!! sorry to read this bad news!! xxx


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