For almost a decade I tried to understand why Italians include "pool" in the short list of their street signs. The Darkening Age by Catherine Nixey, about the Christian destruction of the Classic world, provided a clue.
The ubiquity of the road sign “Public Pool” (Piscina Comunale) first caught my attention on a 2010 road trip through Puglia and Basilicata, the southern provinces of Italy. The signs were not pointers to the beach, as the towns where I spotted them were away from the sea. Some of the “piscina” signs around […]