After 2.600 km pedaling from the north to the south of Italy I have observed how Italians are driving their vehicles.
One important thing is the role of police. The presence of the police is enormous. I have never seen so much police in public places like in the south of Italy. In Naples heavily armed military was also massive present.
When I'm waiting at the traffic light and a police waits next to me and I start if the light is red the police doesn't react.
If I start while red they are sure that makes sense.
One scene that I have seen often: an old lady stops her car - very often on the second track - opens the door comes out and closes the door again. Then she crosses the road but she doesn't look back! Crazy but true ;-)
Often you read the traffic in Sicily is strange and dangerous.
My experience is totally different: the system works very well. It's really different to the system in Austria or Germany but it work as well.
And, believe if driving the bike through Naples, Messina or Milazzo you can judge that.
The system is to go as fast as possible and as far as possible. Before braking you should honk.
You stop only if there is absolutely no alternative.
Important is to go! Bad is not to know and show where you want to go too.
I like this system very much because I'm absolutely aware and totally concentrated.
At the lights I pass on the right side sometimes on the left too.
I normally don't stop at a crosswalk. But everybody stops if necessary.
If I want to go left and have therefore to cross one track I don't wait until both tracks are free, I go and wait at the middle line and of course don't look to the left ;-)
In a roundabout I have to be aware that someone leaves the roundabout while I need to stay. But you know: stopping only if no other possibility ;-)
It seems nobody is angry! Everyone wants to come quick through on the one hand but is absolutely relaxed on the other.
I have never seen someone to cry or showing the middle finger.
And you have to concern that every type of drivers are on the way. Elderly, newcomer, faster and slower ones and it works and nobody has to be scared ;-)