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Mon, 25 Jul 2005

notes on Italy

Hire a small car. Italy is not a country overly blessed with wide boulevards or considerate drivers so the more room you have to manoeuvre the better.

Sitting admiring the view from one of the many hilltop towns it's remarkable how the warning beeps of cars negotiating the inevitable twisty access road sound like the happy greetings of a friendly mountain dwelling animal.

Somewhere in Italy is someone whose job it is to name every single bridge and tunnel on major roads. Or at least this is so in the south. Each of these structures also has a sign indicating their length.

To walk past a bench of elderly Italian men in a small southern village is quite the masterclass in staring.

The Piaggio Ape seems to be the modern Italian equivalent of the donkey. Possibly slower and certainly less environmentally friendly.

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