Of course, we did not see it all nor experience it all, but that was never the expectation. Left to our own devices with loads of books, a Nokia phone-cum-GPS, The Dutch's driving, my stammering Italian, and on one rare occasion, a day driving with a formidable 70-year old Italian all over Emilia-Romagna, we come home different people. We experienced Italy the way we wanted to experience it - in its natural and authentic state without pretense that is put on for the tourists.
|A vintage Fiat 500 still running on the freeway|
|A typical scene on the road - a red Ferrari roaring to go (and eventually overtakes) and a cyclist|