Revised June 18, 2004
The Romans love their signs and billboards. They are all over the city. There is an enormous number of people who put up these signs. At some point another group comes to take them down but they leave them on the street. In another day or two another group comes and removes the old signs from the sidewalk. We have not been able to figure out whether this is a government run operation or whether it is private.
Sometimes the signs occupy one entire block like below:
Here are a similar set of signs where the 'removal' group have taken the signs down and left them on the street for the 'pickup' group. Many times we have noticed that new posted signs get put on top of old still posted signs and the result is a sign that can be inches thick before they are removed! This happens to be a very neat 'removal' job. Normally, they are just scattered all over the sidewalk.
Here is an amusing single sign we found between two churches.
Cars tend to be on the small size here. In fact, a number of cars are as wide as they are long! Here is one parked on our street.
Brenan lifted one off the ground with only one hand!!
I lied - he used two hands.....
Parking Cars/Cycles (June 18, 2004)
A new feature will the unusual way the cars/cycles are parked here in Rome.
Today (June 18) I saw my first ticket being written for a parked vehicle. I could not figure out what this person had done wrong since I have seen hundreds of motorcycles parked the same way???
I call this one - Our Lady of the Alley Cycles
These are motorcycles parked in front of a government office building. I want to go back at the end of a work day and see the mass exodus of government workers.