The car makers we all know only give us a smattering of the models available
My rental here in Italy is a Citroen C4. It has a diesel engine, five speed
manual, all sorts of options and electronics in the dash display.
Comfortable seating, covered cargo hatch, and handles and rides well.
Filled up today and I was getting 46 mpg. Diesel was $7.80 a gallon.
Hyundai has a few small models, but they have not made the inroads here as
in the US. I've only seen one Kia so far.
This morning I drove SR65 from Florence to Bologna. It goes through the Futa
Pass and twists and turns all the way. A great trip!
The road from Florence to Bologna cuts through the Apennines like a silk
ribbon blown on to a rockery. In the Second World War, the German army
defended the Gothic Line from the American advance up there and the graves
bear witness to the fierce fighting. Long before that, however, the Futa
Pass had been identified as one of Italy's greatest driving roads. Between
1927 and 1957 it was part of the Mille Miglia race, when vast crowds of
enthusiastic spectators would assemble on each of the wide, sweeping corners
to cheer the drivers.
The retrospective Mille Miglia still tracks north on the Futa Pass, although
these days the field has to mix it with a weekend armada of leisure bikes
and sports cars. The time to enjoy the Futa is early in the morning, when
you will share the road with a select few; Lamborghini test drivers have
been known to set their alarms and so, too, Ducati testers.