TG rides along with the Carabinieri
A 172mph Lotus. Blues and twos. Armed policemen. And a fridge. Organ delivery just got faster
Posted: 02 Dec 2011
As impressive as the carabinieri drivers' traffic-cleaving abilities, is their extraordinary cab-driver knowledge of Rome's thousands of tiny back streets. Every cut-through, passage, rat-run... these guys know the lot, slipping down impossibly narrow alleys before popping up in front of another stunning ancient monument. Or a scooter.
As we sneak out of a scrawny side street, a gangling teen on a Vespa with a long, drooping cigarette flopping between his lips, jumps a red light, wobbling unsteadily in front of us. Catching a glimpse of blue light, the rider glances over his left shoulder, his face freezing in a portrait of rictus terror as he spots the sleek, evil pair of police cars.