I have news that might come as a disappointment to some- my life in Italy is not always about glamorous trips to grab drinks at the Colosseum.
There is one small problem that has plagued me every day since I arrived- plugs.
Round, flat, thick, thin- the problem with Italian plugs is that there are too many different forms!
Most of the outlets in my house look like the one above, BUT some (a lot) of the plugs are round.
When I moved in I was having trouble getting the refrigerator to work. When I tried to explain this to my landlord I finally asked: “Uh.. could this be some kind of round plug/linear outlet problem?”
“No, no. Just move the circle.”
Move… the circle? I *really* wish I spoke more Italian.
So I bought a round-plug-to-flat-outlet converter. This must be a common problem because EVERY store sells these.
We finally determined the fridge is flat out broken. Sweet.
I have exactly 1 round outlet. It is in the bathroom behind the washing machine, because washing machines are round-plug appliances. The problem is, LOTS of appliances are round-plug.
So I thought: “I know! The round-plug is new. Everything NEW you buy had the round plug because it is in some way superior to the flat plug. So all Italian homes will soon have round outlets only!”
Wrong. Exhibit A, new lamp, flat plug:
But from this outlet relic, I can tell that the issue used to be more complex. There was a triangular three-prong plug? Ugh.
My question is “Whyyyyyyyyyyyy???” WHY is something so simple turned into something so difficult? Can’t a country decide to use one kind of cord and thus one kind of outlet? I’m stumped. You win this round, Italy.