Essentially the driving laws are merely guidelines
Noone drives in the "slow" inside lane, might as well not be there
The horn is a form of communication - short and sharp means hello, or nice skirt, long and repeated imparts anger or frustration
The horn must be used frequently
Indicators are surplus to requirements
Similarly lane discipline
Hands are for holding phone and cigarettes, as well as gesticulating with said cigarette and phone in hand, steering wheel seems to be an afterthought
Size matters - particularly at junctions
Parking sensors are bumpers
Pavements make handy parking spaces
Italian cars have 2 speeds - full speed or stationary
A good knowledge of the local vernacular is imperative for communicating with other drivers.
Italy is also the only place in the world where you can get a decent hot meal at a motorway cafe - we had a hearty pasta and salad meal at an Autogrill.
We had a lazy start to Saturday as #2 explored Milan with Bundy to get in more than 12km of a training run. I continue to be impressed with her dedication to training for the Kilimanjaro challenge.
The rest of Saturday was spent walking around Milan after we'd registered for the race - a small matter of leaving 2 of the kids on the underground was quickly overcome with minimal fuss, and we ended the day knackered and extremely full, but had had a ton of laughs.
The hotel had given the kids one of the rooms to hang out in and do their homework while I ran the race, and after a quick shower we had a fab pizza and veal milanaise and then drove back home. It was a hugely enjoyable weekend all round, andI have a huge hankering to enter another marathon asap!