Posted by: debrakolkka | September 17, 2010

The licence – part 3

I have it!!  In my hot little hand I have my Italian licence.   This experience has almost put me off Italy – briefly.  I need a cappuccino, a panino con prosciutto, a gelato and a walk around lovely Lucca to remind myself why I love this place.

In the end it wasn’t too terrible.  I did my parking well and didn’t stuff up on any of the tiny back roads of Lucca.  I remembered to drive very slowly and to indicate when overtaking a bicycle.

I am now going to get a large photocopy of my licence, have it laminated and wear it as a necklace.

I also have my new Permesso di Soggiorno after waiting again for ages at the Questura.  Now I just have to tackle the bank over a few unpaid bills and I have my official duties taken care of this time.

Thank you to all those who wished me luck.  I’m sure it made all the difference.


  1. Big congratulations, Deb! I’ll toast my cappucino in your name.

  2. Brava Debra, you have really achieved something, cracking the code there. I will have a campari and soda and think of you Roz

  3. AUGURI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Thank you everyone.

  5. Well done Deb. I look forward to seeing the necklace. Now you can relax and enjoy Italy again for the next few weeks

  6. I told you – competence and knowledge of road rules are optional extras for Italian drivers. Well done!

  7. That’s so funny. I’m sure I should have wanted to lie face down in a tub of gelato and not be disturbed for a week. Well done my clever friend. I am looking forward to the post with a picture of your necklace!

    • It would have to be hazelnut and pistachio gelato.

  8. Way to go Deb, you are a a winner! Can’t wait to see this necklace….would you like me to send some glitter for the licence before you laminate it? Love a bit of sparkle!

    • The glitter sounds like a great idea!!

  9. Hi Debra, congratulations. The bling licence around your neck is a well earned medal. Now relax and enjoy all those wonderful Italian things including the crazy driving..

  10. Congratulations, Debra!

  11. Complimenti – thought I might have to ask for heavenly favour & burn a candle. I think earrings as well – a ‘licence collection’, of course a bangle for me. Enjoy – driving Italian style.

  12. PS No doubt cowrie power, amazing.

  13. Oh my goodness – I know what you mean by being reminded why you love the place. So much paperwork, so much back and forth; but my goodness – You’ve made it! You’re an inspiration to all of us who still travel from office to office on a bicycle (thank you for indicating!) and still without a drivers license. Congratulations Debra!

  14. Congratulations!

  15. good work i knew that you could do it now enjoy italy like never before.

  16. Complimenti! I’m impressed and give you a lot of credit for even attempting this!

  17. Ann told me you had made it at last. What a lot of pilaver over something you’ve been doing for so many years. Enjoy the rest of your stay, I love this time of year in Italy. It’s the best food season ever.

    • Thank you for your comments. The figs are great just now and the porcini mushrooms. I have been sampling them.

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