3 cities in 3 cars – Italy17/05/2017
Italy. If you are a tourist with a strong, singular preference, chances are Italy will be able to sate your thirst (or hunger), and then some. Wine, pizza, gelato. Football. Fashion. Architecture, fountains, works of art of all shapes and sizes. Mountains. Beaches. Tall, dark, suave men and strong, Bellucci-esque women. To name a few, that is.
What’s more, different Italian cities may offer some of the same things, but they are still famous for adding their own twist, making their own mark on them, constantly reshaping established traditions in the image of their individual experiences. Explaining them would fill volumes of travel guides, and we would still not come close to finding a definite answer. Ultimately, what we could say would become meaningless against what you could learn by tasting Italy for yourself. Carefully choose which thirsts you wish to sate; then choose to sate them in true Italian style.
To this effect, we offer a brief hint of which three cities to visit first, and which stylish Italian-made cars to tour them in. If you don’t own one of these, not to worry – companies like Lurento offer them for rent, for however long you might want to enjoy them.
Rome – Lamborghini Aventador
We probably don’t need to tell you about attractions in Rome. Chances are you’re already picturing visiting the Colosseum, walking down the Appian Way, climbing the Spanish Steps, standing in Saint Peter’s Square or visiting the Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter’s Basilica. There are so many famous attractions in Rome that all one could offer to a potential tourist are two important pieces of advice.
Firstly, give yourself time to enjoy them. Do not simply run from one to the other, taking pictures for your friends back home. You are not here for their enjoyment. Choose two, at most three places to visit in a single day. Savor one for as long as it feels right. And before you move on to the next one, give yourself time to process the experience. Sit inside your powerful Lamborghini Aventador super car. Rev up its 690 hp 6.5 liter V12 engine and get going. But be careful. It goes from 0-100 in 2.9 seconds.
Secondly, most of central Rome is ZTL, a restricted traffic zone for non-residents, so plan your journey accordingly. Circle around to your next location. Visit a few fountains and toss a few coins in passing for good luck. Park (but make sure parking is allowed), sit in a cafe or gelateria and enjoy a true Italian espresso or an ice-cream. Or you could just cruise the city for a while. That is what the car is made for.
Milan – Ferrari 488 Spider
Milan is both a cultural hub and a football powerhouse. The former can be experienced in the city center, where you must visit the Cathedral (Il Duomo) and the Santa Maria delle Grazie, whose walls are the home of the Last Supper, Leonardo da Vinci’s famous work. But with Milan being in Northern Italy, you have another option.
If you are willing to take a day trip, you could visit the Alps. There are numerous alpine cities and villages, both heavy with tourists and otherwise, in the area, both on the Italian and the Swiss side. If you time it right, you might even take a few days to ski. If you are there during the summer, driving along the mountain roads, taking in the panoramic views can offer just as much enjoyment, if not more. The possibilities are endless, especially if you have a car like the Ferrari 488 Spider.
The Spider is a convertible, with a folding top, so fully adjustable to your above described needs. It is a stunning car as only a Ferrari can be, and a willful beast to tame. It has a 3.9 liter twin-turbo V8 engine with 661 hp and 760Nm of torque. The sound it makes while accelerating is an auditory personification of confidence.
If you plan on driving around the city, be mindful of the ZTL, which spans most of the city center, and always park in a designated parking spot (watch for the blue marked spaces). Having to pay a fine can sour your day quickly.
Florence – Maserati GranCabrio Sport
Another city center – another ZTL; but it is relatively small compared to Rome’s, and consequently, a car come in more useful. For parking, again look for the blue lines. But you won’t need a car to visit the more touristy attractions. We are, of course, talking about the Florentine Cathedral (Il Duomo), the Ponte Vecchio, Michelangelo’s David statue and many others at the Galleria dell’Accademia and others located in the city center.
But Florence is the capital of the Tuscany region, meaning that there are at least three notable activities you simply must partake in while you are here. The first, truffle hunting, can be undertaken at various locations around Tuscany, but we recommend doing it at San Miniato which, despite its size, supplier over three quarters of the world’s white truffles. You could also go wine tasting. The Chianto region is some 30 minutes away by car, and has excellent wines on offer, or you could drive farther out to avoid too many tourists, you really can’t go wrong with Tuscan wine. Lastly, you could also visit smaller historic towns nearby, Pisa (yes, the Leaning Tower one) being just one of them. To maximize your enjoyment, we suggest using the Maserati GranCabrio Sport to get to any of these.
The GranCabrio Sport is a classically styled convertible, very stylish and immensely enjoyable on the open road. It has a 460 hp V8 engine that will get you from 0 to 100 kph in 5 seconds flat. The handling is so easy that you can just enjoy the scenery for the rest of your drive.
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