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    I have just come back from a vacation trip from Italy.
    I saw some 3-inch Emergency models in various stores and took a lot of photos, but of course I didn't buy everything. The prices were sometimes very high.
    Of course there were also a lot of Hot Wheels, but I didn't see Matchbox anywhere (!).
    I took some models, especially from Wing Star, with me and will show them later.
    I think it could be interesting for you too, what was going on in Italy (?).












































  • #2
    A lot of interesting diecast in Italy, I expect you had a good time on your visit,

    It is interesting they had German emergency vehicles, but I didn't see any of them with Vigili del Fuoco, or Polizia for Italy's own emergency services..
    Doug

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    • #3
      Wow - what a nice variety of emergency models that you found in Italy - interesting to find those with German lettering.

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      • #4
        Very nice finds👍 👍👍

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Douglas View Post
          A lot of interesting diecast in Italy, I expect you had a good time on your visit,

          It is interesting they had German emergency vehicles, but I didn't see any of them with Vigili del Fuoco, or Polizia for Italy's own emergency services..
          In Italy there is the federal state SÜDTIROL (South Tirol) and that is German-speaking. The majority of the population there speak German as their mother tongue and you only learn Italian as a second language at school.
          The emergency vehicles in this area are also labeled in two languages, which is also the case in some other European countries.
          Here a Police vehicle in Merano (Merano) with the Italian label POLIZIA and the German label POLIZEI.
          That is why there are often emergency vehicles in German design in the shops, although of course this does not correspond to the vehicles in Italy, not even the bilingual ones.
          Last edited by EDeKa; 10-09-2020, 12:24 PM.

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          • #6
            Perfecto!

            Do Carabinieri also have inscriptions in two languages?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by shcars View Post
              Perfecto!

              Do Carabinieri also have inscriptions in two languages?

              NO, Carabinieri are called Carabinieri all over the country and the design of this police agency is always pretty much the same. - dark blue vehicles, red stripes and the Carabinieri inscription.
              The police structure in Italy is a bit difficult (at least for me), but basically the Carabinieri are subordinate to the armed forces. Their tasks, however, are very similar to those of the Polizia and also overlap. You work together a lot.
              But then there is also the Polizia Locale and the Polizia Municipale, which is the local police force, formerly more of a regulatory police force, but now they do almost everything that the Polizia and the Carabinieri do.
              I have not yet understood exactly who is the first to answer when and for what. In any case, they all support each other.
              The Polizia Locale is also bilingual in the German-speaking areas in northern Italy.
              The way I don't understand it - although I've been going on vacation to Italy for decades, who exactly is responsible where, it seems to be the same with the toy manufacturers. I have always noticed that there was a wild confusion in the shops about which lettering was on the car models.
              AND I forgot the Guardia Finanza , they also drive on the streets in Italy.

              My holiday pictures with Police and Ambulanza cars from the last two years :









              RETTUNG (German) / AMBBULANZA (Italien)









              Police car in Pienza


              Polizia in Sienna


              Polizia Municipale in Sienna






              This lighblue Polizia cars are from the Readiness police






              Guardia di Finanza in Sienna


              Last edited by EDeKa; 10-12-2020, 07:46 AM.

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              • #8
                Thanks for the great photos my friend, you make me want to go on a vacation!
                KMG-365

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                • #9
                  Great photos. Some really sharp emergency vehicles.

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                  • #10
                    Is that a Jeepster in Polizia livery in the Readiness Police? MATCHBOX, take notice, if it is!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by EDeKa View Post
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                      That Bentley seems to be a Tomica model. Perhaps a copy?

                      Did you get that set?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by lil' '86 View Post

                        That Bentley seems to be a Tomica model. Perhaps a copy?

                        Did you get that set?
                        YES of course - I bought this set
                        For pictures PLEASE look at this sides (side No. 3). https://www.diecastgarage.org/node/19901

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                        • #13
                          Awesome pictures and an interesting and somewhat confusing set up of policing for an outside across the pond.

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                          • #14
                            Like Brian says, here we have what appears to be simplicity by comparison. You call the police, and in general, you get the basic police sedan for that department. There might be a 'supervisory' officer on some calls, perhaps in a Ford Interceptor Utility or some other "luxury" car reserved for the 'overhead', but in general, there's the patrol officer in the 'normal' cruiser, and they handle almost every type of incident/crime investigation. Sadly, too many calls end up with gunfire in this country.

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