Things Italians don’t do well

Apart from politics which they will never get right, it seems, but given the way governments are formed and managed then who does it well. In all honesty, today, who can? But the thing Italians really do not do well is park cars in public spaces.

A year or so ago I rented a new Fiat 500, parking it as perfectly as you can in a new public carpark in a small Italian Tuscan town. Next morning I found the side all badly scratched right down to the bare metal by an outgoing or in coming large ‘uncaring’ car – (driver of course did not leave his/her name or number).  When I soon after decided that renting is for the birds and that it was time to buy, returning to ‘my town’ I rented a space in a huge garage, virtually a fridge in the hot weather.

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Perfect! All was well for two months. Then driving north departure day to pick up my partner in Pisa, I parked in the official airport carpark, taking a ticket that said 15 minutes free time – saying to myself, I’ll be out of here in ten minutes, easy.

It was a bright sunny afternoon, brilliant blue sky up top. And within thirty seconds of locking the car and walking towards the terminal an Italian drove her car into the back of the Land rover. No great damage to me but massive inconvenience, time wasted, and now something to fix. If the Italian insurer and the policy owner actually steps forward to pay for this I will eat the hat you see in the above photo. It’s a promise. (I might put some pasta sauce on it first.)

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What drives some Italians to park so badly, (at times, let’s be fair), and drive like they think they are Formula 1 champions, (at times, let’s be fair), and double park wherever and whenever escapes me, (only some and only at times, lets be fair), because I find them a rational people in 90% of their lives – just in driving/parking and politics, (at times, lets be fair), they go absolutely bonkers.

Now in the spirit of Bagni di lucca’s blog and to show my stay was more than the sum of one five-minute parking incident, here are some more pleasing shots.

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Renovation 6

Back in London after swimming the rental through the new rain road lakes of La Maremma, back in flood again, unusual for central Italy, and for the second time in a few weeks. Forced by flooded roads and countryside to take a giro di pepe via Latera through Valentano, then Canino to get back to the Aurelia and then turned the wrong way heading back to Grosetto before u-turning back to Rome.

After spending 6 am to 8.30 am in the pouring rain moving things back in to the place from where I was staying during the renovation I left the camera somewhere in all the moved stuff so only have a couple of photos to show of the progression.

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Happening during the “raccolta delle olive” outside in the big world..

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..I slipped away to slide into the Saturnia hot springs..

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Renovation 5 (di mattina)

 

Renovation 4 (di sera)

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And the work goes on and on on and on…