25 February 2007

Domenica Ecologica

I've been out for a Sunday giro this morning. "Giro" is a very commonly used word here - I don't think there's an exact English translation, it means to go out for a walk really, normally round the shops or central city areas. It's an essential part of Italian life.

Anyway, I was going to just go out nearby, but then I realised it was an "Ecological Sunday" where vehicles aren't allowed to circulate from 9-13 in order to try and clear the air a bit. Consequently Naples was PEACEFUL this morning so I ventured a little further than initially intended. Yes, you read right, "peaceful" and "Naples" used in one sentence! How nice it was. No motorinos up your a**e, no risk taking when crossing the road...Bliss. Viva domenica Ecologica!

Of course though, the particularly *furbi* (sly?) people just have to take their cars out. I'm not sure if they just don't get the idea or didn't know about it (unlikely as it's normally the end of every month that it's done) or maybe they have some really really important thing to do.



A photo from this morning.

10 comments:

J.Doe said...

I've never seen a street in Naples before without the usual 3 million cars and 2 million motos trying for the same 1 meter spot.

sognatrice said...

That looks awesome. I think I'll have to plan an end of the month Sunday visit to Naples sometime just to experience this :)

Ambra Celeste said...

Great photo! It was also nice today in Torino . I think the air actually did smell better too, or maybe that was just wishful thinking? Viva la domenica ecologica!

Becslifeonline said...

Wow "Ecological Sunday"... They should do that here in the UK!

Giulia said...

I refuse to believe that that is a street in Napoli! lol

Gil said...

That is how the streets looked during the World Cup games last July. During not After!!!

manuela said...

via Luca Giordano is very near where I live........and, guess what, I was on a "giro" too yesterday. I bet we've met, the heart of vomero is not that big, you know.
hugs,
manuela

Cherrye said...

I've never heard of domenica ecologica. Do we have that in Catanzaro? If so - no one follows it... :-(

I like the part about being to cross the street safely...not a normal luxury!

Max said...

Cherrye how many people lives in Catanzaro?

Delina said...

I think it's just done in the smoggiest cities where there's a need to clear the air. Hopefully Catanzaro isn't that bad.