Sunday, January 27, 2013

Driving in Italy

Unfortunately, this is a reoccurring thing here. 


Then you have the a**holes who park so close to your car that you can't get in the driver's side. I've had to climb through the passenger's side numerous times. Or the drivers who never bother to look both ways before racing out of a side street. And one of my favs, the cars who park parallel to parked cards in an actual DRIVING lane to pop into a shop to do their errands.

Sometimes I wonder why I even need to do this dang driving school stuff to get my Italian license. Seems like no one bothers to respect the rules anyway.

xoT

9 comments:

  1. Classic K"rage, Love it. Does the flintstone mobile have a roof and doors tho??

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  2. I have been avoiding getting my license here. One, I grew up with automatic, so learning manual hasn't been easy for me (as in, I tried twice with my boyfriend and got frustrated, nervous and gave up). Also, as you point out, Italians are ridiculous drivers and 'parkers', so why bother studying rules anyway? I get so angry especially with I see cars 'in doppia fila' (double parked) and the bus can barely get by (I'm in Firenze) or WORSE, when cars outright park on the CROSSWALKS. ON.THE.CROSSWALKS. So many near misses crossing and almost getting smacked by cars turning and can't see me or others (and vice versa). Once I whipped out my phone and started taking photos of all the cars+license plates of these offenders but my boyfriend told me they aren't valid with the police. Another WTF?

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    1. I completely understand. People are VERY creative when it comes to parking. The worst is when I saw someone in a wheelchair who couldn't get down the ramp of the sidewalk because it was BLOCKED by an inconsiderate a**hole! I was in Rome last weekend and saw cars parked bumper to bumper....makes me wonder how they get in and out!! The only thing I feel lucky about is having being one of the few females I know that chose to drive stick as a teenager. I loved driving so for me it was something "cool" and fun haha! So I'm ok with that. But I do get your frustration in learning...I remember those days.

      I could probably write a novel about my frustrations on how inconsiderate people could be (ie. when you get on a packed train and people use seats to store their luggage...and don't move the luggage when you obviously need somewhere to sit.).....but I can't be bothered to waste my energy on it. =P

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  3. Hey :)
    Yes driving in Italy...what a treat !

    Why don't you get an international driving license for a year? It would be a quick solution and you could avoid the awful Italian drivers test.... (for now) Its an option.
    Good luck with everything :)

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    1. Hi Karla! It's been a while right? Hope things are well with you!
      So the anonymous comment below is correct. You can only use the international permit for a year as a "tourist". After that you must get an Italian license. if you live here, you can't use the permit at all. That's why I have to go through all this.....it's so frustrating! If I'm allowed to drive as a "tourist", what changes if I live here? I still know how to drive, I still know the rules....ah Italy....complicated as always.
      Anyway....are you back in the US? Sorry, my brain is so forgetful lately!
      xo Theresa

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    2. Hey!! Sorry my reply is late. I went ahead with the license thing as well (horrible, horrible) but as with most things here i hear so many different things! A teacher that i used to work with from Australia said that she kept her international drivers license for 4 years and then paid to have it converted into an Italian license !?! I don't know how that's possible...but i said "ok". And yes you are correct- confusing Italy!
      My man and I are still taking a sabbatical in the US but we will probably be back soon and im excited !! The "break" is LOVELY though!

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  4. The Int'l drivers license is not valid if someone had legally been in Italy (that is, with a permesso di soggiorno) for more than a year, IIRC. Of course it can be done, but if caught you can face steep fines. Unfortunately!

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  5. I don't know who the Australian paid, lol (a carabiniere?) but it isn't possible to convert any license unless she's EU. Maybe she had dual-citizenship somewhere? Or perhaps she did this many years ago? Anyway, just adding this link in case anyone might need it. It's quite useful! And still frustrating, lol.

    http://www.theflorentine.net/articles/article-view.asp?issuetocId=7170

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    1. Thanks for all the tips everyone. I have heard all the same rules about being in Italy after a year and having to get an actual Italian license. Anyways, I'm not "ballsy" enough to drive around with the international permit for years and years. I'm going ahead with the whole process and writing the theory exam very soon. Wish me luck!
      =) T

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