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Italia – Apennini

Italia – Apennini

I’ve rented vehicles in many countries over the years.  Invariably there are bad surprises and in fact I can’t think of a positive.  Sometimes an upgrade might happen but usually I’m dealing with bald tires, dubious excess charges or outright dishonesty.  The vans Francesco and I were offered in Rome looked as if they had been used for stock car racing.  ‘We’re professionals’ we said, ‘offering a professional service.  We can’t carry our customers in these’.  After much toing and froing we obtained a very nice VW but I was stuck with the battered Fiat.  What to do!?

Our week in the Apennini was a delight.  Highlights included the Rave di Giumenta Blanca on Mt Amaro and the beautiful, near deserted village of Castel del Monte.  The café bar there gave us a superb breakfast spread and après ski hospitality though it’s the only bar I have ever been in anywhere that didn’t have a single bottle of Scots Whisky.

At the end Francesco and I happily relinquished responsibility for the rental vans at Rome airport.  Because mine was so battered the full length dent I’d put in it  on a  narrow mountain road whilst listening to Harley wasn’t even noticed.