Wednesday, January 11, 2012

TAKE THESE CHAINS

A few hours ago, ANAS S.p.A. [the organisation which manages Italy's roads] and the Province of Ragusa made motorists in the area very happy by announcing that the requirement for them to have snow tyres or to carry snow chains in their vehicles when travelling between the cities of Modica and Ragusa from 15th December - 15th March has been dropped.

In an area where winters are generally mild and snow is a rarity, the ruling has been regarded as absurd and anyway, soon after it came into force there were no snow chains to be had anywhere in Ragusa Province!

From now on motorists will only be required to travel with chains when the meteorological conditions necessitate it - that is, in....er.... snow.

You do not need to understand Italian to appreciate this satirical video about the situation.  Needless to say, the footage in the first part was not shot in Ragusa!  I also thought you might like to see some of the local scenery.

Il Clandestino,  Modica - Bufera di neve sulla Modica - Ragusa

7 comments:

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

The only snow I remember was on the top of Mt. Etna. I think the climate is a lot like here only not as humid. We have snow flurries about once every five years or so. I had always hoped we could go back for a visit someday, but as we get older I think it's less likely.

RNSANE said...

Brrr, driving in that, one would certainly need chains. Me, I'd prefer to be home, in front of a fire, drinking a nice hot toddy, snuggled with a nice hot body!

Rowena... said...

Snow in Ragusa...now that is a good giggle!

Priest's Housekeeper said...

Didn't realise there was ever snow like that in Ragusa. Thanks for posting the video, good to see the scenery.
Keep well,
Ann.

Winchester whisperer said...

Do people ski on Etna?

rosaria said...

Snow in Sicily! I had no idea!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, Betty. It is very humid down nhere these days. It would be interesting to know what changes you would notice if you came back for a visit. Never say "Never!" Hi, Carmen. Me, too! It sure is, Rowena! Hello, Ann. Snow is so rare here that people are still talking about a flurry that occurred in 2003. Take care. x Hi, WW. Yes, they do. Ciao, Rosaria!

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