Traveling in Italy is fun and a task. The cars are small because the roads are one and half cars wide and there is not parking. the road signs are confusing to anyone not familiar to the area. 90% of the automobiles are standard transmission. The roads are windy, hilly, narrow and steep and you have to share them with big trucks,and bicyclists and wild motor cyclists of which there are many. The road signs are of little use at times as they are posted after the turn you needed to take. Intersections are round abbots and you end up driving around them several times to find the right sign that tells you where to go. But it is FUN!
Italy is OLD! A lot of history in every building and cobble stone street. Old Churches, old castles, and old traditions are everywhere you go. Shops open up at 10am and close at noon for lunch…..for 3 hours. They open up again at 3pm (1500) their time and close again at 6pm (1800 their time) By now you notice that they use the 24 hour clock and not our 12 to 12 timing. They eat late and are never in a hurry at the dinner table but deriving is another issue. They really like speed but I only saw one fender bender while I was there as they some how they manage to miss crashing into each other by mer inches.
The food is more than tasty but they don’t have big servings and they fill glass only half full. They do not eat in their cars so there is almost no trash along the roadways. Driving crazy with a stick shift vehicle is a good way to get food all over the inside of your car.
The churches and castles which are on top of every hill and mountain reek of antiquity of course they only make repairs every two or three hundred years.
Tuscany is is an eye pleaser, the people are friendly and the wine and food are outstanding. If you plan of going there give your self time….a lot of time. Two or three weeks to visit a few of the towns. Then come back and do it again. They use the Euro currency so 10 Euros is abbot $13 dollars. Short term lease a vehicle rather than renting to save money and gas is expensive. If you are driving you had better be good are using a stick shift.
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