Wednesday, August 06, 2014


The drone video below, of parking on Le Pergole beach in Realmonte [Agrigento]  was first posted by the environmental association Mareamico and at the weekend it went round the world. We probably all had a good laugh: yes, it's Italian anarchy at its most absurd and reinforces the stereotype of the Italian driver, but the disregard for the environment and for other people that it demonstrates is also tragic.

On Monday the police moved in to clear the beach of cars but the Mayor of Realmonte says that he just doesn't have the resources to regularly police both his town and the seven beaches that come under his jurisdiction.

The moral seems to be that in Sicily, what common sense won't do, shame will.

"Cu' nun avi russuri nun senti mancu 'i vastunati - He who does not feel shame [for the bad things he has done] does not feel the strokes of the cane either."
- Sicilian proverb


Sean Jeating said...

Ah, again and again and again . . . I would not be allowed to watch one of your posted videos, due to the German GEMA.

I think I did get it, though, nevertheless.
And the folks behind the GEMA, well, they are idiots . . . and not just in the classical sense, id do fear. :)

Lee said...

You wouldn't want to buy a second-hand car from around that area....they'd all be rust buckets!

Wolfie said...

Somebody needs to build a car park on that field. (and not charge 50 EURO a day to use iy)

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Sorry you can't see the video, sean. I looked up GEMA as I hadn't heard of it. I hope they unblock youtube soon! Good point, Lee! Hello, wolfie. The Mayor says he hasn't got the resources to do that, either!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

It does seem like a parking lot could be built somewhere else to accommodate those cars, but even so I think the selfish ones would drive right on the beach!

Whispering Walls said...

If they use drones for that, they can also use them for migrants...How to ruin a beach!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

I think you're probably right, Pat! Hi, WW. Yes, but desperate people will still tru to flee war and persecution and who are we to stop them?


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