|Would you drive here?|
So, let's begin. I have mentioned that a GPS is essential for driving in Sicily. That is absolutely true - to a point. Once you are in the small town with twisty narrow roads that are often one way (not that a one way street concerns many Sicilians!) your location finding needs to become creative. This is where a map comes in handy. I can't speak for other small towns, but I know that Cianciana has street maps that they hand out generously! Where do you find them? From the realtor (My House), from the library, the museum, and most people who rent out apartments to sun seeking foreigners. You could also print out a map from Google Earth or Google Maps before you leave. Driving in a small Sicilian town you will find that this is where those meditation classes I mentioned in the first driving post will come in handy. You need to be prepared for the following:
- You will make mistakes.
- People will honk at you and make rude gestures.
- You will get lost.
- Parking is almost impossible to find unless you come across a piazza.
- There will be swearing.
- In a small town, three stopped cars makes a traffic jam and there will be honking.
- Drivers in front of you will stop at random to discuss the latest football game, the weather, their families, or whatever with someone they see walking on the road.
- Your car will probably get scratched or, like me, you will knock off your side mirror - maybe both.
- You will turn a corner and see something amazing that you never expected.
If you know and fully accept that these things will happen, it will make your small town driving a more enjoyable adventure.
My Personal Examples of Some of the List Above
Number One and Five
|My mistake? I drove over a nail and the tire exploded. There was swearing.|
Number Two and Six and Seven
|This is in Cianciana - I heard so much honking that I went out onto our balcony |
and snapped a shot of the three car traffic jam! The driver in the white van was chatting with all the kids as they walked by. In Cianciana, everyone knows everyone.
|This was taken in Piazza Armerina which really doesn't qualify as a small town. The parking in this piazza wasn't free but 100 metres from here was the piazza in front of the duomo - cathedral where we parked because the parking was free.|
|This man was walking his horse down the middle of the road as we approached Polizzi Generosa.|