Us Americans love our automobiles, but although there are plenty of cars in Italy, there are also many people who choose to travel on two wheels. I suppose there are good reasons: easier to traverse small and busy streets, and also the cost of fuel. My rough calculations tell me the cost of gas is almost three times as expensive in Italy as I pay at home. And I expect the same is true in most of Europe.
On the open roads the motorcycle riders make frightening maneuvers, often passing cars on narrow streets on blind corners and at high speed. But somehow it seems to work. We did not see any traffic accidents in our two weeks.