Italy - watch out if you check your bags!
I had a buddy of mine get invited out to a snowboard trip in Italy 2 weeks ago (lucky bastard!)
Anyways, he flew Delta, who lost his bag on the way there (they delivered it to him 24 hours later). However on the trip back, someone apparently STOLE his snowboard bag! At first it was just missing, but its been a couple of days and nothing has turned up... which means that it probably never will.
Sucks for me, I lent him my backpack (which I spent 2 hours sewing a patch onto) and my platypus bladder. Sucks for him because his pants, jacket, new board (only 2 trips on it), new bindings, new goggles, and boots were in the bag. Delta only covers $600 worth of lost baggage/equipment, which will BARELY cover replacing a board/bindings/boots... much less his shell and goggles (and my stuff I lent him).
DON'T TRUST ITALIAN BAGGAGE HANDLERS. Ship your stuff home via UPS!