For tourists, Tuscany is the destination of choice when visiting Italy, and it is easy to see why. Through the ages, it has acquired a fascinating blend of ancient Roman, medieval and Renaissance cultures, visible in works of cultural significance, such as notable architecture and art, as well as in the general currents governing the daily lives of the locals. They are strong, easy to get caught up in and at times difficult to leave behind.
To achieve a more complete understanding, though, leave it you must – it is simply not enough to visit the Duomo in Florence or the Leaning Tower in Pisa. For a truly fun and enlightening experience, you should leave the major cities for a few days and explore Tuscany as it was meant to be explored, one thrilling regional town or notable attraction after another, taking in the culture, rather than just hearing about it.
The first order of business has to be renting a car. It could be a regular car, or, if you have some cash stowed away for an opportunity just like this, you could rent a genuine Italian luxury vehicle and undertake this challenge like it was meant to, a task made easier by companies like Lurento, an online marketplaces for renting top of the range automotive masterpieces. Here are three suggestions.
Ferrari 458 Italia
Let’s start with the Italia. It is as stunning a car as only Ferrari can make them, a combination of looks and purpose achieved by locking a small horde of Italian stylists inside a wind tunnel for a few days, only letting them out to sharpen their pencils. It is a rear-engined two-seater, designed for savoring the experience of effortless driving in good company. If you’re looking for romance, you will find it with this car.
That is not to say that you could not enjoy it on your own. With sharp steering, seamless dual-clutch transmission and a 4.5 liter V8 engine with 462 bhp and 398 lb-ft of torque, capable of making 0-100 kph in 3.5 seconds and going 325 kph, it offers some of the quickest, most nimble driving out there. And if the weather is good, you might want to opt for the convertible version, the 458 Spider.
Maserati GranCabrio Sport
On the other hand, you might be on a road trip with several friends, and we have just the car to accommodate you – the GranCabrio Sport, a convertible which can accommodate four people and promises to make your trip that much more memorable. It stands to reason, therefore, that it have a longer body than the other two, which all of your passengers will approve of. It is gorgeous, but it is that less boastful type of beauty that at times carries more character.
Its engine, though, does not fall within the same category. A 4.7 liter V8 with 444 bhp and 376 lb-ft if torque, it is decidedly vocal, and gets from 0-100 kph in 5.2 seconds. It offers a brisk ride you can share with friends and family. On a sunny day in the Tuscan countryside, what more can you ask for?
Lamborghinis may be on the pricier side, but they’re well worth it given what they offer. Make no mistake, this wonderous piece of engineering is a driver’s car. It has a 5.2 liter V10 engine with 602 bhp and 412 lb-ft of torque that gets from 0-10 kph in just 2.8 seconds and is capable of reaching 323 kph. People beside the road may not always be able to see you all that clearly, but they will definitely recognize the iconic Lamborghini outline, and sometimes, that is what you need from your chosen car.