I was shocked, absolutely shocked last month as I walked around Piazza San Marco and saw that the ancient & honorable Corps of Carabinieri had admitted women. Two officers patrolled the square; a scene familiar to anyone who’s been to Venice or almost any other part of Italy. One had the high peaked cap with a silver flaming grenade, a white belt across his chest and red stripe down each leg of his trousers. The other one was cute! Wait a minute, the Carabinieri are not supposed to be cute. Big, intimidating, yes; but not cute. What is happening to Italy? Does this mean that the next time I’m pulled over by the Carabinieri at a road-side stop I’ll actually be able to look the officer in the eye instead of staring at the serial number of a Beretta Model 12 submachine gun? Okay, maybe this could be a good move on their part!
I was back in the square on the Day of the Republic and, as you can imagine, the place was full of uniforms of every kind. I managed to get this picture of the woman officer I saw earlier (and who appears to be an NCO) and her partner.
Posts: 45 | Location: Charlotte, NC, USA | Registered: 20 August 2003
Somewhere at home I have a picture taken in the main piazza of Cortona with a female officer. One of the guys in our group thought she was really pretty and, before we could stop him, he went up and asked if he could have his picture taken with her. I don't think she spoke much (if any) english and he doesn't speak much Italian, so he got away with it. However, in the picture she sure doesn't look happy about it. I wonder if he noticed the big gun on her hip before he rushed up to her?
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My dream as a child and teen was to become a carabinieri. Unfortunately back then, women were not allowed. I joined the US Army instead! Now we have women who are carabinieri and I am very proud if not a lot jealous! I do have my collection of Carabinieri albums (yes they make albums) and figurines as well as one that is over 7 feet tall in the corner of my office.
Hah! This reminds me of our honeymoon and my husband referring to the female Vigili Urbani as the"fashion police" after he noticed one wearing low heeled pumps! The men had the typical black boots on...hard to imagine how a female could chase a suspect down in those shoes!
Originally posted by mille scarpe: Hah! This reminds me of our honeymoon and my husband referring to the female Vigili Urbani as the"fashion police" after he noticed one wearing low heeled pumps! The men had the typical black boots on...hard to imagine how a female could chase a suspect down in those shoes!
Vigili Urbani?? Running? The only time I have seen them running was because pasta was ready at home and they didn't want to make it cold!
PS Does it shows that I have a personal bitterness with them?