Of course, there's also no chance of getting spare parts for it here in Italy, or so the gentleman at the sanitori assured us. Finding a replacement, whether a rental or a new purchase took up much of yesterday. Or at least the part of yesterday that wasn't taken up by moving from Florence to Rome.
That wonderful man fixed up a rental, gave us directions and said that "they" would be waiting for us. Unfortunately, when we got there, "they" had closed up shop and gone home. I was hot, tired and quite frustrated. We still haven't solved the problem completely. If only I had some rope!