| In any case, count on their humor and accomodating nature || Mar 5, 2009 |
It's been many years since I was in Venice, but my home town, Sao Paulo, Brazil, has a lot of the Italian spirit, so I'm used to it.
We drove there from Rome with a Swiss rental car; stayed in a hotel at Lido. By that time my high-school Italian was as fluent as it gets, though with a Genovese accent any Italian-speaking Brazilian will have. Of course, you can't drive a car into Venice, so we took a bus from the hotel and the vaporetto. Upon returning to Lido, I asked which bus would take us to our hotel there. They told me to take the "B", and we bought the tickets. However it departed in the other direction and, upon arrival at the middle of some deserted nowhere, the driver told us to step out, as it was the end of the line. I explained him the situation, and he told me we needed return trip tickets. All right, so where can I buy them? Certainly not there, as there was nobody in sight. So he agreed to take us back, to talk to his supervisor.
He explained the situation to the supervisor: "Il signore è straniero, ed un equino gli ha datto un'informazione sbagliata. ..." ("The gentleman is a foreigner, and some equine (sic!) gave him wrong information. ...") The super took our tickets, scribbled something on them, and told us to use them on that "B" bus, not this one.
Then we went to a restaurant in Lido. I parked the car in front of it, and noticed it was a controlled parking zone. I should leave the "disco orario" for 2 hours. As the car was Swiss, its "disco orario" had 30 minutes on one side, and 3 hours on the other. So I went into the restaurant for ideas. The man behind the cash register heard my case, tore a piece of wrapping paper, looked at his watch, scribbled the time there, and handed it to me. Then he said: First, find a parking space and put the car there. Then, leave this paper on the dashboard. You won't have any trouble."
So, if the information you have fails, you can count on the Italians' accomodating nature.
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