No wonder you are being eaten G. That lovely shady pitch with all that dense foliage is mossie paradise. All it lacked was a food source and then you turned up.
Yeah wonderful isn't it 😀 there seems to be a drastic shortage of motorcycle and scooter helmets too with their petrol tanks used as a seat for the youngest it the family with the other 3 on the pillian. My favourite though were the 6 inch long "seat belts" sold in petrol stations everywhere. They stop that annoying buzzing noise apparently 😀😉Driving in Sicily.
I thought I'd mention this as it was an experience! Driving on the mainland is a good, basic introduction but will only pre arm you to a certain extent. We hired a car for 2 weeks when on the island and, rather tongue in cheek, here are my observations on it.
Lanes - there are lanes sometimes...and sometimes they are observed however
1 lane could be 1 or 2 lanes.
2 lanes could be 1 or 2 or 3 lanes
3 lanes could be 2, 3 or 4 lanes
4 lanes - total free for all
Lane adherence - even when there are lanes it is best practice to drive whilst straddling 2 lanes. Even the cops do it!
Road markings - mostly worn out which added to the point about lanes above.
Red lights - sometimes to be obeyed but mostly not.
Zebra crossings - definitely to be ignored unless someone is already crossing...in which case all you have to do is carry on driving but making sure that you miss them!
Junctions - where the noses of cars are edged out so that oncoming traffic has to stop or swerve to avoid a crash.
Safe space between vehicles when driving? - non existent.
Parking - anywhere, everywhere, double and at random angles on or off the pavement.
Doors opening on parked cars - to be done just as a car is about to pass in order to cause maximum disruption and danger of being hit.
Toll booths on the autostrada - purely exist for the testing of car horns.
Beeping of horns - to tell you I am here and also to tell you I AM HERE!!
Indicators - are optional extras on cars in Sicily.
The roads - very poor bumpy surfaces basically all the time. Make to roads in the UK look positively well cared for!
Roadworks and lane closures - very frequent; mostly for no apparent reason; and seldomly with anyone working on them!
Seriously, overall in order to drive there you need to be assertive. Being all British about keeping nice gaps etc will get you no where. I didn't find the driving to be overly aggressive in the main but it was assertive and to make progress you also have to be. Also expect the unexpected and manouvres that will make you go "ooooo...did you see that?"