Italy Travel: The Rinse Cycle
Italy has an obsession with street washing.
If your hotel room or apartment faces the street (always our choice), be prepared to be startled by the massive machines that wash, scrub, and rinse the streets every pre-dawn in all the cities/towns/villages.
In Rome it happens even mid-day.
So should you look out your hotel window at the street and it's wet, it may not have rained, it's just the rinse cycle.