on March 17, 2008
On the recommendation of a good friend I found a great way of seeing the sights of Florence - in a vintage Fiat 500! These guys have set up a business running guided convoy tours, in a sort of "follow my leader" fashion, where you drive your own fiat. We (3 of us) took "Paola", a beautifully restored red 500 L, and after a quick lesson in their "simulator" we took to the streets in a convoy of multi-coloured Italian classics. It's quite something to be a tourist attraction yourself, with people stopping every time we did to take photos of the cars and wave at us! There was radio commentary from the lead car to keep us informed and amused (nice to have something a little different than just another history lesson), and the scenery just a few minutes from the town centre was breathtaking. The cars were easy to drive, and the convoy would always wait if somebody got left behind. It was great value too at 100 Euros per car (a good incentive to pack people in). The're pretty easy to find (just round the back of the Palazzo Vecchio and the Uffizi in the centre of the city, and the garage seems to have become a local favourite too - its a funky set up, and all the locals like to drop by to remind themselves of the cars they had when they were younger. They've got a cool website at www.500touringclub.com. Give it a try - we loved it!
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