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Just to follow up on last week’s travel notes, a few words on driving in Italy.
I’m a firm believer in playing by the rules of my host, whether it be a family, or a nation, that has invited me in for a visit. After two weeks of driving from Milan to Florence to Venice and many parts in between, I was just beginning to learn different laws of yielding and passing and blending with other cars and pedestrians — and even contending with the millions of Vespas that absolutely rule the roads in Italy.
Vespa, a brand of motor scooter, means “wasp” in Italian, and that is a perfect match for these vehicles that buzz in and out of traffic, coming out of nowhere and completely unhindered by the rules of the road that cars must obey. Boys, girls, men, women, the very young and the very old — everyone, it seems, rides a Vespa in Italy. They do add a certain element of adventure to driving in the country and for every Vespa, there is one less 3-ton vehicle on the road. That’s good news for everyone.