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23rd November 2010

Italy is a fascinating country, I remember thinking as I contemplated having to sleep in a very small hire car during a storm of monsoon proportions on my first evening there, the prospect of which did not fill me with the greatest of joy as I’m sure you can understand, thankfully I was saved by one of the very few hotels in town that had a room so late in the day it was almost the next one.

But to be fair to the car it was actually more generous in its proportions than the room and a weeks hire cost the same as one night at the hotel, so I shouldn't be too harsh on the little fellow. And no, that doesn't mean the car was cheap.

So I had a few lively days around the Cinque Terre, which is on the North East coast of the country, in the company of many colourful and interesting villages that tumble from the edge of the land down towards the choppy water. I can't recommend that part of the country highly enough. Apart from some young tykes trying to steal my (uninsured) camera, the time there went by a treat.

Next up was an extremely enjoyable trip down to the Tuscany region that didn't disappoint in any way, being just as lovely as I remember it. I always enjoy taking the bumpy, unpaved tracks up into the hills that pass by those remote and achingly beautiful villas and agro di tourismos that always seem to be created with the most wonderful views in mind. It's always a joy as well to take the hire car back with not a few arresting and alarming squeaks that it didn't have before.

I actually think the car hire people respect you more for it as well, shows you have used the car to its full advantage. There, they say, as you scurry off, is a person who knows how to enjoy the Italian countryside, but in Italian of course. Just before they charge your credit card with the equivalent of Greece's national debt, which you both know you haven't got a chance of claiming back.

So all in all a cracking time was had, and I managed to get a few photos into the bargain, so time well spent I feel.

The photos by the way can be found here...

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