Pit Stops, Pitfalls and Olive Pits: A literary license to enjoy driving escapades throughout scenic Italy Pit Stops, Pitfalls and Olive Pits: A literary license to enjoy driving escapades throughout scenic Italy by John Tabellione
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Received a free copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Italy. It conjures up images of blue seas, expresso coffee, sunshine, fine foods, medieval cities, ancient ruins and olive groves. Evocative things that make a holiday in Italy great. John Tabellione has been to Italy many time clocking up thousands of miles from Bologna to Palermo and scaring himself on the twisty coast roads of Amalfi. Drawing on this experience, he has written a guide to navigating the entire driving process in Italy; from rental nightmares, driving down tiny streets not much wider than your car and what to do when you meet a bus on a hairpin bend. This is a combination of travelogue as he takes you to various locations meeting family members and a self-help manual for surviving the Italian roads

Some of this was really lovely to read, the descriptions of the food and cities made me want to head back to Italy. But I’m not sure that I’d want to take a driving holiday there though; I have driven in Italy and at times it can be terrifying especially in the cities and he does have sound advice for would be drivers. I would have preferred the ‘pit stop’ advice to be moved to the back and heard more about his travels and personal stories. Not a bad little book though.

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