|Mt. Vesuvius across a marina on Ischia|
|Lunch stop in Lacco Ameno, Ischia|
During the lunch hours in Lacco Ameno, the cab drivers sat along a wall, like birds on an electrical wire. The first time we approached them we made the mistake of asking the driver sitting in the last cab (closest to us) to take us back. No other drivers were sitting in their cabs.
|Sunday after church, Lacco Ameno, Ischia|
The driver whose cab was first in line hurried off the wall and began shouting at the driver we'd approached, sweeping his arms in large window-washing motions, while their noses got closer and closer and their voices louder and louder. The driver we'd approached ushered us into his van, hurling insults while flinging his free hand toward his pursuer. Thankfully, we've never seen anyone resort to punches in Italy.
|Flea market on Sunday, Casamicciola, Ischia|
"Un momento!" I said. "Quanto costa?"
"Fifteen? It's only a mile and half up the road!" Charley said.
"Prezzo minimo, signore," he said.
Our driver started his engine and we roared past the curses of the first driver, our necks lurching forward and Charley's leg dangling from the open door.
The next time we approached the lineup, none of the drivers got off the wall. In fact, they wouldn't even look at us.
"Mezzatorre Hotel? Quanto costa?" Charley said.
"Venti (20)" was the response.
"No, not twenty! Fifteen," Charley said.
"You enjoy yourselves, have a good rest! We'll walk," Charley announced.
And we did!
Halfway up the steep, circuitous hotel driveway a renegade driver stopped next to us. "Dieci (ten)," he said.
We jumped in.