A leisurely stroll through the centre of Florence turns into a nightmare for a visiting couple from Sanremo. When an unsuspecting husband and wife stopped inside a tiny shop on via Calzaiuoli, leaving their baby-laden perambulator at the doorway, two gypsy women tried to unfasten the infant’s safety belt in an effort to take the child. Their attempt was thwarted when the mother, realising something was amiss, lunged towards the women. Her screams for help caught the attention of traffic police who were slow to react, unsure whether to take the mother seriously. Providence would have it that two Carabinieri officers on motorcycles were passing by at that precise moment. Understanding the gravity of the situation, they went immediately to the parents’ aid. During the chase that ensued, Florentine military police were intercepted by a group of six Romanian women who attempted to distract them by pulling on their uniforms.