by guest blogger Oliver
Tonight is my last night with the Deasys here in Perugia. My mom and I have been here for 10 days. We landed in Rome and stayed in a room right next to the Pantheon. I was pretty jet lagged that first day so I don’t remember much. The next day, I got to choose where we’d go, and I decided we should see the Sistine Chapel. It’s at the far end of the Vatican Museum so it was a super long walk. We saw about 500 paintings and sculptures that day. Just before we got to the end, we walked through a small gallery with some modern art and found a painting that looked just like my mom.
Then we went to Florence and saw The David, climbed to the top of the Duomo, and crossed the Ponte Vecchio. We also ate tons of gelato. After two days, we took a train back to Perugia and have been here ever since.
We have seen many churches, museums, towers and old arches, but the best part about Italy is the cars!
Lately, I’ve been really into cars. I read Dupont Registry on the plane ride over and then when I got here, I saw some of my favorites in person.
The Fiat 500
One of the most popular cars in Italy is the Fiat 500. The Fiat 500 is an affordable, four-cylinder car. This car is popular because of its size. It can fit through the small streets of Italy with ease. This car gets good gas mileage, somewhere between 25 and 30 miles per gallon. The final thing is that it is a little sporty, and you can make it look cool with a little work. For everyday use, these are the best all-around cars.
The Formula One Ferrari that I saw in Rome has a 12-cylinder engine that pumps out speeds of over 200 mph. It’s not just the big engine that makes it fast. Most of it’s speed secrets lie in the aerodynamics and the material of the car. It’s made of carbon fiber and aluminum.
This car is the most amazing car I’ve seen in Italy. The Maserati Quattroporte is one of the first Maserati 4-doors (as its name states). This is an 8-cylinder sedan coupe. It is priced around $130,000. This car is large and only gets around 15 miles per gallon, though, if you can buy this car then the gas money shouldn’t really be a problem.
The Fiat Punto
Yesterday I got to drive in a real Italian car when we took a day trip to Assisi. We rented the Fiat Punto which is a cool, family style, sporty car equipped with manual transmission, like so many other cars in Italy. It’s a medium-size car meant for five people, but we squeezed in six. Also, I like the interior. It has an easily accessable dash board and systems which make for comfortable, fast driving. It was a good way to spend my last full day in Italy.
I wish I could stay longer. I told my mom and the Deasys that I would like to live here for the rest of the year with them. I could eat hot chocolate and cream filled pastries every morning for breakfast. Tom, Ray and I could all share a bedroom, and I could be in Tom’s class at school. I could even get a job here because Cristiano, the pasta man, taught me how to make cappelletti. This has been a really fun trip.