Without a paddle (Venezia 5)

You think of transportation in Venice and the men in boaters and striped shirts spring first to mind, or perhaps the vaporetti or water taxis?  In most of the city the only wheels you see are on the carts of porters and the suitcases of fellow tourists.  Lido is different, and indeed on of the guide books I’d read warned visitors of the hazard presented by the island’s drivers.

It’s possible that I’m inured to Italian driving, but to me the island’s roads seemed pretty innocuous.  There were hundreds of bicycles in use however and several places for visitors to hire them.  For the residents though it seemed a popular choice day or night, and it was after dark that the notorious bravado of the Italian road user became apparent.   Lighting doesn’t seem to have caught on yet.


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