The Infamous Roundabout

RoundaboutIn Europe, the UK and many other locations for that matter, the roundabout replaces stops or traffic lights at intersections. They keep traffic moving. And they’re quite handy especially if you miss your turn or don’t really know where you’re going. You can just keep circling till you figure it out. It Italy it’s also called a rotator or a rotonda.

And BTW, Italians love to drive very fast and to them there is no right side or left side, they’re in the middle when you round the bend. If you’re lucky you may hear a warning honk. No question it’s exciting, but can be nerve-wracking. Even when stationary, Italian drivers are bold. They’ll park facing either direction, halfway up the kerb (European spelling), handicap spaces, no worries wherever they can fit the car they’ll park it! If they’re being extra cautious they may put their hazard flashers on but that doesn’t stop them from parking wherever suits their needs – another good reason to have the smallest car you can get just to be competitive.

double roundaboutTraffic in the roundabout has the right of way, so in heavy traffic it can be tricky breaking in. Horns honk of course and you may even encounter the occasional hand gesture. Luckily here in Italy they drive on the same side of the road as we do in the USA, otherwise navigating the roundabout could get really hairy. And though we didn’t see any there is such a thing as a double roundabout!

Here’s the cute little roundabout in Visgnola where we rented our apartment through Airbnb. And how classic, there’s an olive tree right in the middle!Roundabout (2)

Aloha, Mikie ~just a blogger (fightin’ like a girl)

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Aloha, Mikie ~just a blogger (fightin’ like a girl)

~Psst, tired of politics? Check out Travel in the Categories drop down menu (right side panel) for my blogs posted from interesting locations during my travel adventures.

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