Have you stayed or visited an apartment in Italy that dates back hundreds of years?
You will not find elevators in most of these charming old building. Have you wondered how the wonderful side board or chest in the period rooms?
Walking down a sidestreet I noticed a large truck that was blocking the narrow street. The truck had something that looked like a ladder that American firetrucks might use.
Then the workers loaded mattresses on a platform and the burden slowly inched towards an open window 4 flights above!
I quickly realized this was a moving van!!!!