Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Viaggio: Signs along the road, in towns, wherever

Salve!

I am going to take a break for a moment from recounting our trip, day by day and town by town, and instead write a post that's dedicated to all the wonderful signs that caught my eye while we were traveling.

Here's a sampling:


We took this photo above in Torre San Giovanni, on the west coast of the Salento peninsula. Our friend Ilaria pointed it out to us. In addition to the standard "welcome," the sleepy seaside town added: Vi vogliamo bene! Which means: We love you! Aw, how sweet.

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I snapped this photo in Peschici. A bit odd for something one would see in Italy. Anyway, the sign says: Adam, Adam, Why did you listen to your wife and not Me? What do I have to do for you now?

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Translation: "If you park right, there's enough room for everyone." We took the photo above in Ruffano (LE), where we saw a number of "quality of life" signs designed to gently nudge some Italian habits out of existence.

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At the Tazza D'Oro bar in Rome near the Pantheon (our favorite building in Rome). Translation (LITERAL): "Buy a sack of coffee, and you'll acquire a sack of friends." It's a pun! They use the phrase "un sacco" to indicate "a load" or "a ton," as in: buy some coffee, and you'll find yourself with a ton of friends.

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This is the "legend" of Ugento, a small township at the bottom of the Salento peninsula in Puglia. The wonderful wooden sign contains a map, a street index, advertisements for restaurants and other useful information about Ugento. We had to drive through Ugento, from Ruffano, in order to get to the beach, and we stopped there one day to have a gelato. You know, us, and the "sacco" of other Americans visiting Ugento that day. He he he he.

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Graffiti I saw, not sure where. Do any Italians wants to explain this sign?! I will leave that as your "compito."

A tra poco! More to come!

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