- Never, EVER hesitate - people will just honk if you do.
- Drive as fast as you can, regardless of the posted speed limit.
Yes, you should go a minimum of 90 kmph around this hair-pin turn. Really!
- Actually, you need to go the posted speed limit in certain places. Fortunately, they are clearly marked.
This is your warning...
Go the speed limit. Right. Here. (If you're a true Italian, you slam on your brakes just before this, then speed up immediately after).
- Maps are useless. Make it up as you go.
- Street signs are somewhat more useful, but you have to know where you are going to be able to get there
I wonder which way to Firenze (Florence)?
- If you miss the first option for getting to a particular place, don't worry, you'll have other opportunities.
It doesn't matter which way you go, you'll end up in Firenze!
- Parking on the sidewalk is perfectly acceptable.
Look, even my hubby can do it!
- The road doesn't actually ever end, it only looks like it does.
Just keep driving...
In addition to these handy tips, we've included a list of road signs and our interpretations of them, as well as a few driving situations.
If you think the road is narrow now, just wait! It gets narrower ahead!
This road is only minimally turny and twisty. It gets much worse in 700 meters.
Left! GO LEFT!!!!
Italians also have creative ways of combining signs. I believe this one means "don't fall off the road while trying to avoid leaping deer."
"Fire hydrant after the turn."
"To avoid falling rocks, swerve a lot."
"If you don't have snow tires, you're going to swerve off the road and die."
"If it's raining or snowing, you're going to swerve off the road and die." (At this point, we just abandoned hope.)
"Jumping deer going 50 kmph. You should be going at least this fast."
And my personal favorites:
And of course...
"Don't run off the road when you're staring at the boobs ."