There’s nothing like Italian invention in the world, which always seems to be geared towards out-foxing the authorities. If you’ve ever driven through Italy, you’ll know the Italian parking laws are quite complicated, and the ways to avoid them even more so (see our post on tips for driving in Italy).
This is what we call a “disco orario” which is a kind of inbuilt parking meter that you display on your dashboard to indicate your time of arrival. Now, I would suggest that anything in Italy that relies on honesty and good will from the outset is likely to be unsuccessful, given that most Italians want to out-manoeuvre their fellow countrymen first.
The “disco orario” normally works by turning the little plastic dial in your cardboard sign to the hour in which you park and leaving it on your dashboard. This one, however, has a convenient in-built clock that will tick over of its own accord even when you’ve delayed your visit to the market, or are in the midst of happy hour with your friends.
Apparently this is a genuine Italian product and if you wish to purchase one before your next tour of Italy by car, you can find it on e-bay. One guy commenting though, has said he copped a 200-euro fine for using it so… everything at your own risk.
I came across this article yesterday on the joys and pitfalls of travelling in Italy by train or hiring a car in Italy. Both are valid travel options, but we though we’d give you a few tips of touring Italy by car or train.
Train travel in Italy gives you the opportunity to sit back and watch the country go by without the stress of Italian drivers and traffic. Eurostar trains are fast, clean, have reasonable prices and are generally on time.
If travelling by train, especially Eurostar, we suggest you book in advance as all seats are assigned on a reservations basis. If you’re travelling on long weekends or in holiday periods you may find it difficult to buy a ticket for same day travel if the train is already full.