Insight into how to successfully follow the rules in Rome

17 Jun

This an actual, word-by-word conversation occurred when Alessandro and I were arriving in Rome’s bustling night life district of Trastevere the other evening.  This tightly packed, medieval neighbourhood presents a challenge to park a scooter; never mind a wagon.

We found a place to park after circling for 20 minutes, and noticed that on the other side of the street, 2 men were walking along the parked cars and appeared to be writing parking tickets.  Alex had a quick conversation with them, and then proceeded to park in the precious spot we had found.

As we walked away from the car….

Me: “So, weren’t those men giving parking tickets?”

Alex: “Yes, they were.”

Me: “Why?”

Alex: “Because those cars’ parking had expired.”

Me: “So, don’t we have to purchase a ticket then?” as we walked past the parking meter.

Alex: “No.”

Me: “But those other cars are getting tickets for expired parking.  Won’t we get a ticket too if we don’t even buy parking?”

Alex: “No.”

Me: “Why?”

Alex: “Because we parked on the sidewalk.”

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3 Responses to “Insight into how to successfully follow the rules in Rome”

  1. Andy June 17, 2011 at 12:29 pm #

    Of course! It makes perfect sense to me. Before coming to Italy I always, quite wrongly, thought that pavements (sidewalks to you) were only for walking on. Parking, riding scooters or bicycles are what they are really for. Now I know.

  2. A Life in Rome... June 17, 2011 at 1:02 pm #

    yes, isn’t it obvious? 😉

  3. Terry June 19, 2011 at 7:09 pm #

    All roads lead to Rome….but….sidewalks are better.
    They keep you away from the pedestrians on the roads.

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