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Photos of Road Signs
A Mystery Solved!
When we first started driving in Italy, we would see this sign everywhere.
It was hard to read the words as you roared past; all you really saw was the
speed of 50 kph. Of course you are usually going over 100 kph when you see
these signs. For the first several trips, we would see these signs and wonder
if that was the speed limit? Finally we found one on a country road and stopped
to have a good look at it. Mystery solved - it just means drive slow in fog
if you cannot see. Does this mean if you cannot see for some other reason,
that you don't have to slow down?
The sign translates as "Maximum speed of 50 kph with fog and visibility
less than 100 meters". In the fall and winter, heavy fogs can settle over
parts of Italy. We have seen this on the Autostrada from Tuscany to Rome in
October. The Italian drivers are reluctant to slow down, even in this heavy
Road Instruction Signs
This sign says "Do not blow your horn between 9pm and 6am".
This sign is on a white road (rough, dirt road) that goes by the Argiano
estate near Pianella. The sign in the distance tells you the road narrows
and you must slow down to 30 kph. The road passes right through the estate,
close to the buildings. It is wonderful to walk along these white roads
- not much traffic and you get to see the estates up close.
This sign is at the entrance to a white road that goes behind the town
of San Casciano dei Bagni, right to the natural hot water baths. It is
telling you that there is no entry except for the handicapped and police.
That red circle always means "no entry".
The sign on the bottom says "No Camping".
This red circle with the white bar means "no entry". The sign underneath
says "authorized vehicles only". So this sign is saying that only authorized
vehicles may go down this road.
The bottom sign is telling you to turn right to get to the parking
This frightening sign is posted on a dirt driveway to the Il Poeta
estate in Umbria. We had to drive over this train track going in and out
of the estate. I especially liked the skull and cross bones! The sign
translates as: "Stop (Fermarsi) when lit. The train is passing." Trains
roared along this stretch of track.
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