This is likely the Most Stupid Question of the Day, but here goes: Do you see many snakes in Italy?
We're planning a trip there in May 2010 that will involve a lot of hiking in areas like Umbria, the Cinque Terre and Garfangana. A well-intentioned (but slightly neurotic) family friend has told my wife that snakes, particularly venomous adders, are commonplace there. Is this true? Or is it just hype?
We've hiked all over the American Southwest, Rockies, Southeast and Caribbean and have only ever once seen a snake along a trail. Surely, Italy is no different.