Cars and Scooter's, yes, they do scoot along at a pretty quick pace.
I did read that you had to be "brave" to drive in these Towns, and by watching the going ons of the traffic, this would not be an understatement!
We had to be very careful crossing the roads, either on Pedestrian crossings or at Traffic lights. It was very hard to walk in lots of places, as the Cars were double parked, and up on the footpaths, leaving only the road for us to walk, and we didn't feel safe doing this!
Cars we parked all around corners, in all direction's, and so many of them, new and old cars had dents.
Now, I think that confirms a few points!
In Australia, we call parking like this "Rafferty's Rules!"
This is just a warning for shoppers! The stores in Messina or may be in most of Italy were open from 10-1 or 2 and break for two or three hours, then re-open from 4-8. This picture was taken at 4:30 pm and some of the stores were still closed. It’s the Italian way of doing business.
A few tunnels on the highway that connects Messina to its neighbourhoods and to other villages have the exit warning just on the curve. That`s so stupid and dangerous that you have to take care about taking the right exit at the right moment.
Just take slightly care of bothering gipsies (mainly just kids) who ask for money or for a sandwich. They are innocuous but very annoying and..they do not really need it. Adult gipsies could ask for money at traffic lights at car stop-overs. You can find some of them also sitting on church door steps on sundays.
Be very careful if you walk through Viale Boccetta or even dryive a car by. It is considered a high risk traffic area because of cars an above all big trucks coming from the Palermo/Catania highway and heading to the ferryboats to the mainland.