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Riding Shotgun through Sant’Agata de’ Goti

Tonight I grabbed the first “taken from the passenger seat photo” I ran into on my computer, and it’s this – a shot taken whilst crossing the bridge into Sant’Agata de’ Goti in Italy. As you can see from the following pics, we literally drove through town!



I don’t imagine that too many Hummers or limos ever snake their way through these labyrinthian alleyways.


You’ve got to wonder what happened in the past to require street signs telling folks to keep left instead of driving through that wooden doorway. I thought that was a given. I did, however, get my license in the USA, so what do I know? (Case in point, I tend to drive inside the dotted lines, instead of straddling them, and until I lived in Italy, I didn’t think it mandatory to look both ways when crossing one-way streets.)

But I digress, gentle reader. It’s a lovely town, as you can see from these shotgun shots. Yeah, that’s what I’m going to call it from now on when I post pix from the passenger seat: shotgun shots. It’s like when you call shotgun, y’know? Hmmm… where did that term originate from, anyway? Texas? Oh, apparently not. Hollywood! can lay claim to this one.

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  1. Zela Zela

    What a beautiful photo essay! I want to visit this town next time I am in south Italy. Thank you.

    • mentalmosaic mentalmosaic

      Hi Zela,

      Yes, even in the rain, it was a beautiful place to be!

      Thanks for commenting. :)


    • mentalmosaic mentalmosaic

      It would be tough to drive limos through Sant’ Agata de’ Goti, that’s for sure! ~Tui

  2. I love those pictures. I need to figure out how to take shotgun pictures with my camera.
    It reminds me of my favorite German town–Rothenburg. When I visited they didn’t let cars up at all. Streets were cobblestone and just too narrow.

    • mentalmosaic mentalmosaic

      I love old towns like that, where cars are not the focus of everything. ~Tui

  3. the town seems not so good for cars like limo but really nice town. nice pictures got great views.

  4. pictures are too cool and atmosphere are great its more impressive and good to look..thanks for your post.

    • mentalmosaic mentalmosaic

      Thanks! Have you been to Italy? ~Tui

  5. LOL at the doorway quip.
    I, too, take pictures from the car, sometimes even if I’m the driver. I call mine “Drive-by Shootings”. Not the best pun, but it’s mine.
    I have them on my Flickr account. I love this set of yours. Looks like a place I would love to see for myself.

    Drive by shootings, ha! I love puns. :) I’m off to your blog now. Perhaps there’s a link to your Flickr account? Thanks for stopping by. ~Tui

  6. I love the top picture it is gorgeous!

    Thanks, Laree’. It was a lucky shot. I even like the people walking across with their umbrellas. ~Tui

  7. Gil Gil

    I think that the term “riding shotgun” must come from the days of stagecoaches as the guy sitting next to the driver usually was cradling a shotgun in his arms. From what I remember of watching cowboy movies and shows on television.

    Makes sense to me, Gil! I love finding out about words, phrases, origins of sayings, and so forth. ~Tui

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