Friday, July 23, 2010

Italy – Transportation

During last year's Italy trip, I made it a point to take photos of various bicycles, cars and other forms of transportation.

scooterblur

Besides walking, scooters are probably one of the most popular forms of transportation. They're everywhere. You can hear them zipping around, night and day.

scooterrow

They line the streets.

scooterproduce

This is one of my favorite photos, which was taken by Kim. It goes to show that people can adapt to their mode of transportation.

scooterwithwoodbox

This scooter had a giant box on the back. There's lots of room in there for groceries, wine, etc.

BMW.scooterthing

Check out this oddball scooter thingamabob, which we spotted in Florence.

viewfrombalcony

Almost all of the cars you see in Italy are tiny. There are lots of Smart Cars and little Fiats. Large cars and SUVs are rare. When you're in the city, this makes sense. The roads are narrow and there's little parking.

smallparkingspot

I took this photo in Amalfi because it demonstrates why it makes sense to have small cars. If the car was any bigger, it wouldn't fit in the limited parking space.

fiat100

I love these little Fiat 100s. They look like clown cars.

fiat100ornage
Here's another one.

smartcarsports

This is a Smart Car. It's some sort of sports car version.

renault

Neat car.



kimfiatpanda

In Palermo, we rented this Fiat Panda and drove it across the middle of Sicily. We were going to rent a Smart Car, but we didn't think our luggage would fit inside.

tinygarbagetruck

Even the garbage trucks are small.

colorfulthreewheeltruck


There are lots of Piaggio Apes.

popemobile
While I saw lots of Piaggios, I only saw one Pope Mobile.

sportcyclist

This is an extremely rare photo for several reasons. First, during a period of three weeks in Italy, I only saw about three cyclists who could be easily identified as sport cyclists. Second, people in Italy don't wear helmets.


bikecobblestone

This pretty much sums up the bicycle scene in Italy. The bikes are sturdy and practical.

biketypical

Here's a typical bike.

oldladybikes

Look out for the old lady!

womanonbike

Americans and Italians have something in common – they don't know how to properly adjust their seat height.

bikedisplayfront

This beauty was on display at a train station.

bikedsiplayrear

Check out the leather bags. Even the bicycle lock chain has a leather sleeve.
ferarribike

At the Ferrari store in Rome, you can buy a Ferrari bike.

ferrarimountainbike

Here's a Ferrari mountain bike. People in red Ferrari outfits are there to assist you, and help empty your bank account.

colorfulbike

Here's a pretty bike in Florence.

foldingbiketrain

This guy looks like a famous artist. A folding bike is a good idea.

bikeshare

There's some sort of Bike Share program going on here.

electricbikeshyundai

This auto dealership stocks a selection of electric bicycles.

bikeporch

A pretty street scene in Ostia Antica, the ancient Roman port.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Marge allen said...

Jack, The pictures are so special!! Is a Ferrari bike on your wish list?

3:25 PM  
Blogger Jack said...

No. But I wouldn't mind having that bicycle in the glass case!!

9:48 AM  
Blogger Jack said...

No. But I wouldn't mind having that bicycle in the glass case!!

9:48 AM  

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