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Just back from Italy, how cool are the Rozzers over there, cruising around in fully kitted out 159's.

They really seemed to have clamped down on speeding though, working out what speed to do is really tiresome, never really sure of the rules of the road over there.

No better experience than driving on the wrong side of the road, sitting in the wrong seat, trying to change gear with the door handle for the first 20 miles and going round roundabouts the wrong way with cars coming at you from all angles.
 

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Just back from Italy, how cool are the Rozzers over there, cruising around in fully kitted out 159's.



No better experience than driving on the wrong side of the road, sitting in the wrong seat, trying to change gear with the door handle for the first 20 miles and going round roundabouts the wrong way with cars coming at you from all angles.
Have /did you experience Rome :wow: Completely bananas :lol:

How the Pope gets to work unscathed is beyond me :eek:

Excellent stuff and what a blast :thumbs::lol:
 

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"Have /did you experience Rome Completely bananas"

Yes, did the Rome trip some years ago, that was my first introduction to Italian drivers, I nearly had a full meltdown trying to find the hotel from the airport in the dark.

No sat nav, everybody blowing their horns for no apparent reason and well confusing road layouts/one way systems.

I would recommend that everyone tried driving in Rome at least once in their life time. It should become an Olympic sport to see who can keep their hire car in one piece.
 

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Try Palermo.
Oh my life.
 

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Driven in Milan, Maranello, Rome, Naples, Pompei and everywhere between. It is an experience for sure. We are off for a few days to a little town near Perugia in July. I was looking to drive there but decided to fly in the end and hire a car there.

They are pretty careful drivers (relatively) in Maranello, a lovely town :)
 

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I dive in Italy quite a bit, as my in-laws etc live in and around Salerno.

Roundabouts are just being introduced around there, and the effect is, well, interesting (which translates as bloody anarchy! :eek: )
 

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What surprises me is the carefree attitude to damaging other cars, I stopped to let a reversing car out of a space and it reversed right into the rear of a parked 4x4 behind him, nice big scuff mark and dent left for the lucky owner to come back to and the offender didn't stop or seem in the least bit worried, even with loads of on-lookers.

A black 159 that I saw regularly parked down a tight alleyway was fine one minute, next time I saw it the front wing was caved right in. No way would I own a nice car if I lived in Italy.
 

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What surprises me is the carefree attitude to damaging other cars, I stopped to let a reversing car out of a space and it reversed right into the rear of a parked 4x4 behind him, nice big scuff mark and dent left for the lucky owner to come back to and the offender didn't stop or seem in the least bit worried, even with loads of on-lookers.

A black 159 that I saw regularly parked down a tight alleyway was fine one minute, next time I saw it the front wing was caved right in. No way would I own a nice car if I lived in Italy.
I know! My brother-in-law's 147 looks like it been in war zone. He doesn't seem to mind....
 

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an Italian friend asked me once if there was a law in England for cars to be cosmetically fixed as soon as possible whilst nobody cared about the mechanical condition!
 

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Italy is a lot like like Spain where respect for car property is concerned; there isn't any. I've told my dad time and again, 'the best car you can own in Spain is a donkey'.
 

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same in france. my ex used to marvel in wonder at how pristine cars were in britain. in paris, all cars are scuffed & dented to bits
 

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Italy is a lot like like Spain where respect for car property is concerned; there isn't any. I've told my dad time and again, 'the best car you can own in Spain is a donkey'.
My 147 has suffered more damage in the past 2 years here in deepest Spain than it did during its first 6 years in Scotland. I had planned on buying a new one before/after venturing out, but I'm very glad I didn't given the very high probability of damage (and the high "registration" tax).
 

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Drove to Sorrento last summer in the GT, a fantastic trip!

All good apart from the last 10 miles off the motorway around Naples. Good grief, I didn't know where to look and when to stop?! Madness.

How the GT got our unscathed I will never know. But it did!

Loved the Police 159s though, even saw an unmarked 159 1.9jts.
 

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Agree with much of that, in Pordenone and Trieste it isn't much better, i remember seeing someone reverse park into a spot hitting both cars in front and behind, the driver didn't seem to care much about it either :confuse: In Australia it would have lead to fists, blood and a massive court case?

Saluti, Giordano.
 

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just think, if all the cars in Italy, Spain and France were taken to a garage to be repaired, the euro crisis would be over in days!
 

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I lived in Rome for 28 years and yes, driving is bananas :D

I even had a ride on a Police 159 (on the front seat :D), they're quite a piece of kit, although the weight distribution is very messed up (all the weight is at the front). Still, makes for a thrill ride, there are a lot of funky gizmos (riding with blues and twos on is v cool!).

Alfa have always been used as pursuit cars by Police and Carabinieri, and back in the days when they were still 100% Alfas, they actually had them prepared by specialised garages to increase performance.. those must have been thrilling years :cry:
 
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