In Italy, there are a variety of law enforcement corps that specialize (and often overlap) in several functions. The Carabinieri (dressing in light blue in the picture) are the Italian military police. The Polizia (dark blue shirts) patrols highways and railways. The Guardia di Finanza (usually dressed in elegant gray uniforms) goes after IRS and tax evasion violations. Finally, the Vigili Urbani are those officers who dispense parking tickets on the streets. In this regard, a friend of mine told me a word of wisdom: you don’t want to be a Vigile Urbano in your own town…
In Italy, you can start driving at 18. Students in the process of getting their license, can drive dad’s car (with daddy inside) if they display a big letter ‘P‘ on the back of the car. P stands for principiante, that is beginner. The journey to graduate to ‘crazy Italian driver’ implies the following next steps:
– get the license
– get rid of the un-cool P sticker
– convince daddy that there is no need to come along anymore
Bidets are extremely popular low-mounted plumbing fixtures that you’ll find in almost any private house in Italy. Wikipedia can give you the full history of this very useful device, which I missed tremendously when I first moved to USA. You should consider giving it a try, if it’s available in your hotel room. Upon your return, you may be tempted to consider installing one in you new remodeled bathroom (and that’s exactly what I did in my house…).