The Fiat 500 was launched -in 1957 the month of July which is the same month I was born in. The Fiat 500, called ‘The Cinquecento’ was produced under this guise until 1975. It was designed by Dante Giacosa, the Cinquecento was marketed as an inexpensive, functional and economical town car for post-war Italy.
When visiting Tuscany there is one car you must rent and tour whilst exploring Tuscany. The Cinquecento is a lifestyle car that is only driven on a Sunday at leisure. It is not fast and it is a delicate car, perfect for exploring the Tuscany hills and sights.
Because it is so slow and has a soft top, originally for free air conditioning. I love peering out and looking at what Tuscany is all about. Olive trees, vineyards and churches..
Due to its size, there is nothing more gorgeous peering out the back and loving nature here in Italy.
Great for letting your hair down and just laugh and have the best fun.
La Dolce Vita
This is what I call La Dolce Vita, The Sweet Life. It is also important you dress the lifestyle too.
The car suits any age. From generation Z, who actually owns this beige, Cinquecento Fiat 500. Trending the Australia Blundstone boots. Perfect for heavy double-clutch change.
Or in my case lifestyle hike shoes by Tracey Nuels FARGO.
I am wearing YVL, clip and silk scarf. I like dressing in vintage or sustainable clothes. it matches the lifestyle of these classic cars. Which endure many lifetimes if we look after them.
Because my dear readers, this is the sweet life. We do not act here, we live it.
Below I am wearing vintage wool by Moschino and my own lioness belt, leather made in Florence.
Then head to Villa Reale for a prosecco or a coffee.
Villa Reale was the former home of Elisa Bonaparte thanks to her brother Napoleon. She reigned here just under ten years.
How To Make Salami
If that is not enough. I dropped by the local salami maker for some fresh prosciutto.
When the wine is being made, it is amazing what traditional techniques are used to create wine.
When the sun is out and the Fiat 500 is plotting along. It’s easy to pull over and just take it all in.
What a great lockdown escape it is.
We are very much alive here in Italy. I hope to see you soon.