The NY Times has an interesting article about riding a scooter in Rome with a GPS. The writer addresses whether technology diminishes the romance and sense of adventure of scootering in Rome.
To mark my 40th birthday, I did something I am told has never been done in the history of Italy: I bought a Global Positioning System navigator and mounted it on my scooter, with the intention of actually finding my way around the streets of Rome.
This is exactly the ridiculous sort of thing Italians expect foreigners to get up to. We seem to think there are sure answers in life, especially electronic ones. We have the idea that Rome is supposed to be navigated efficiently. Our sense of form and function is tragically off.