23 April 2012
Sicily: Fun in a Fiat 500
Explore Sicily's top sights and hidden haunts from our two hotels in Taormina by Fiat 500.
What is it about the Fiat 500 that makes people smile? The cult Italian car is not only cute beyond belief, but it also conjures up images of 1950s fun, sun and holidays. Most of all, the diminutive icon, which was manufactured in Turin between 1957 and 1975, epitomises the dolce vita. In fact, following the revival of the model in 2007, an über-luxurious version with that very moniker was created by customisation firm Fenice Milano, in 2010.
But, as with so many things, the originals are the best, and the head-turning vintage 500s are the perfect vehicles in which to explore Sicily's sundrenched sights. On three vintage 500 tours you can visit the most striking parts of the island, travelling into picturesque towns, but also heading off the beaten track into Sicily's very heart.
The concierge will make all the arrangements for you, and you can even tailor the tours to your own interests - feel free to let your imagination run riot! Two of the tours depart from Taormina, while the third - the Montalbano - starts in Punta Secca, on the south coast, so you'll be driven there before picking up your 500 and setting off. On all the routes, you can choose to follow a tour leader car or guide yourselves.
Throw open the sunroof to bask in the warm sun, put your foot down, and enjoy the drive of your life! Click here to download the itineraries.