Whenever I travel to Italy I expect to take several modes of public transportation such as trains, buses, subways, and taxis. Of course my feet are the other mode and believe me, I am feeling it during this trip. My Health App informs me that I am walking an average of 5 miles a day, and in these hill towns of southern Italy, I am climbing 10-11 stories a day. It is no wonder when your room in your charming B&B is reached by climbing 30 steps!
But it is good exercise and Mateo, the friendly manager at Tra le mura in Polignano a Mare, helps carry the luggage, for which I am grateful. I seem to always be apologizing, saying “Mi dispiace” for the extra weight and large case. In their genteel way, the managers always say that it’s no problem.
What I really love though, are the other forms of transportation, those that I don’t see at home, or if I do, it is a rare occurrence. My favorite are the 3-wheeled trucks called “apes,” pronounced “ah-pays.” Ape means bee in Italian and they are named for the characteristic buzzing sound of the engine. You can read more from an older post I wrote a few years ago.
I also love seeing the small cars in Italy, especially the Fiat 500.
This 1979 model came with an attractive young driver named Nicolas, who graciously gave us a ride! What fun!
Stay tuned for more adventures from Italy!
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