Lost In Translation
Maybe it makes sense to locals to obliterate your ticket. I don't know. But, it surely seems strange to me. Plus, its an awful waste of paper...
And I quote...
From the train sign at the station regarding ticket use:
"The UNICO ticket is not issued on the train and apssengers are not allowed on the train without it." But...
"The UNICO ticket is only valid if obliterated before getting on the train."
Passengers who have NOT obiterated their ticket will be considered without a ticket and are obliged to pay a penalty".
Maybe that makes sense to you and the locals, but that made me and my friends laugh for an hour straight and every time we had to buy tickets thereafter...
So, to sum up...
You have to buy and have a ticket before boarding and without a ticket, you cant get on. But, when you do get your ticket, before you get on, you must destroy it. However, as we said before, if you dont have a ticket, you have to pay a fine. Since you just obliterated your ticket, you have to cough over the money.
I think this is the greatest money making scheme ever!
Legend of Amalfi
According to legend, Hercules, strength pagan god, loved a nymph called Amalfi, but his love was short: she died and Hercules buried her in the most beautiful place of the world, and to immortalize her, he gave it her name.
Festival of St Andrew
Every year on the 27th June Amalfitans remember the event of how St Andrew saved Amalfi from the menace of the terrible pirate Kaien-Din , "The Redbeard". A big procession and fireworks festival takes place in the streets...our visit was just a week too early for this but preparations were well underway for the festivities with the banners going up in the streets of Amalfi.
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