Friday, June 10, 2011

It Hertz to drive in Italy

Since being back from Italy, we have been noticing charges to my American Express card,  one in May and another in June.
Italiano.  Seeking explanation after alerting AE that there are fraudulent charges being attached to my card, we called Hertz.  Seems that these charges are traffic violations that are caught on film and then forwarded to Hertz to pay.  Who in-turn charged me.  $110 to be precise.

Driving in Italy is already a violation to sensible motoring.  But I couldn't tell you what the hell I did that wasn't in the spirit of driving like an Italian.  One in Milan, the worlds worst city to have a vehicle that isn't attached to a rail and one in Florence.  The one in Florence I believe was because we drove down a pedestrian only street with permission from the local police.  They couldn't get me to my hotel without having to drive down this road.  It may be a ruse to acquire funds for road improvement, that goes right into the pocket of local officials.  It's the Italian way.  Gotta love them guys.

Driving in Italy, the gift that keeps on giving.

1 comment:

Denise said...

Oh man, we are totally expecting the same thing when we return after a year of driving here. How can you ever really know? I read this great tidbit on a blog, "Driving is undoubtedly one of the best - and most adventurous - ways of discovering Italy." An expensive way to discover Italia, but you must agree... INCREDIBLE.