Stromboli Smarts

May 20, 2011 / Local Interest
Stromboli, Sicily
Small roads = no cars

Besides its fabulous food and magnificent views, the Strombolani “urban planners” did the island a favor when they built the small alleyways, effectively prohibiting the use of cars.

Ok.. granted, all this “planning” happened before cars even existed, and simply prohibiting cars a posteriori also doesn’t always work. We’ve all seen cars driving down roads closed to traffic – sometimes we have even been those drivers, lost in the middle of an historical city centre, desperately searching for a signpost.

That said, in Stromboli, although the three-wheeled motored ape, scooters and bicycles might speed by clipping your bag of tomatoes, you never have to worry about cars.

Pure bliss!

Jean Tori

by Jean Tori

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6 Responses to “Stromboli Smarts”

  1. giuseppe spano (jojo)
    giuseppe spano (jojo)

    That being said, it never ceases to amaze me as to how the natives still squeeze the autos into those alleys…. prohibited ? nothing is in Italy!

  2. Penny Ewles-Bergeron
    Penny Ewles-Bergeron

    Thanks Jean, lovely note. I particularly like the blues in your photos.

  3. Gian Banchero

    Thank you Jean, Because of your beautiful photos I had a delicious “morning walk” through the wonderful alleyways of Stromboli.

  4. Robin Holm

    These Notes from Italy take me back to our 2 trips and more to come. We spent several days on Stromboli and I only wished you had shown more pictures. I recognize all of these areas and thank you for a wonderful little daily picker upper.

  5. Tony Cogan

    Just back in Melbourne (Australia afer 5 weeks in la bella Italia. Had previously been to Sicily, including a week on Levanzo in the Isole Egadi. After seeing your wonderful photos and reading an excellent article on Lipari in the travel section of today’s Melbourne Age newspaper, the Isole Eolie are now top of the list for our next trip.

  6. Giuseppe, I bet you have seen some incredible autos-in-tiny-roads scenarios during all of your amazing travels! Penny, I love the blues too! Yesterday I painted some flower pots cobalt blue, trying to bring the Mediterranean to Umbria! Gian, so glad you enjoyed your “morning walk”! Robin, it’s the same for me when I see a place on Italian Notebook that I haven’t been to, often in years, and it takes me back!


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