Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture – Green Culture and Cars!

This weeks photo challenge is dedicate to culture  so I thought I’d give you a view of two aspects of culture!

via fiume_riva del garda (tn)

The birth and growth of green culture began in Italy  during early 70s:   many towns and cities began creating areas called Zone Verde (Green Areas) which have now become known as ZTL in these areas it is severely prohibited for cars or in fact any motorized vehicles to enter (except for the motorized vehicles used by the handicapped and residents of the zone).  In a country where almost every city or town is over a thousand years old, the streets just weren’t made for automobiles!

Sidewalk cafè

Now people can sit around in sidewalk cafès and walk along the streets without having to dodge cars and mopeds…the monuments and architecture have profited too, due to the reduction of chemicals from exhaust fumes!

Vecchio Porto This is the medieval port of Riva del Garda…

apponale tower and the tower which looks out over Lake Garda and was once part of the medieval walls that protected the city.

bikes under the tower

Bicycles had become quite a nuisance, now when in the medieval center of the town, one walks their bike and handy park stands are provided by the city.

It took quite while and a lot of persuasion to create a green culture in the minds of Italians, who are ‘par excellance’ a people dedicated to “independent” thinking, to use an Italian proverb: If you make a law, we’ll find the loophole! But the idea caught on and everyone is usually very enthusiastic…So!

…this weekend…just an hour after these pictures had been taken of the old port, what was this all about!?

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500_miglio_vecchio_porto

Here is the explanation: 500 Miglia Touring!

This was my favorite:

old car vecchio porto

ancient car from behind

ancient car info

But I couldn’t resist this!

ferrari

Have a nice week!

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