Picture this: Italy, a sun-drenched paradise for lovers of speed and style, yet also a notorious gauntlet for any driver brave enough to tackle its autostradas. Today, my love for all things opulent and my penchant for a good thrill met their match on these very roads. And believe me, it’s no hyperbole when I say that divine intervention played its hand in my survival.

Let me set the scene. The autostradas in Italy are like the catwalks of Milan during fashion week—glamorous, fast-paced, and not for the faint-hearted. They’re bustling with trucks that carry the very essence of Italian commerce on their backs, shifting from lane to lane as swiftly as models changing outfits. Overcoming these mechanical beasts isn’t for the timid. Today, more than ever, I understood the meaning of living on a prayer.

Citta Del Castello Cathedral (1) Citta Del Castello Cathedral (1)


I was entering the autostrada, a challenging feat where one must accelerate from zero to hero—well, in terms of speed—within mere seconds. The entry lanes are laughably short, giving you less than 500 meters to blend into the whirl of cars speeding at 120 km/h. In my smaller car—a far cry from the powerhouse Bentley GTC with its 640 horsepower sitting back home—this task felt Herculean.

Drivers here don’t just change lanes; they swoop into them like eagles descending on their prey, indicators be damned. And tailgating? A national sport. Today, as I was attempting to merge into this fast-moving metal river, a truck decided to pull a surprise performance, cutting right in front of me without so much as a warning flicker of a turn signal.

The Near hit

In that heartbeat where time slowed, my life did not flash before my eyes instead, I found myself thinking of the absurdity of road work timings and how this truck driver probably needed a lesson in charm school from a Dolce & Gabbana runway coach. But then, instinct and a good set of brakes took over.

I braked just in time, narrowly avoiding what could have been a headline-making collision.

Sitting there, my heart pounding as if I had just run a marathon in heels, I couldn’t help but marvel at the sheer unpredictability of life. One moment you’re admiring the picturesque Italian landscape, and the next, you’re playing a high-stakes game of road roulette.

It’s whimsical to think that amidst such chaos, I felt a profound sense of being looked after, God once again.

There, in the driver’s seat, I was reminded of how fragile our journeys are and how sometimes, it takes a bit more than keen reflexes and a working knowledge of Italian road etiquette to navigate through life’s literal and metaphorical tight spots.

I can jest about it now, recounting the tale with a flair for drama, but the gratitude that washes over me is deeply sincere. I

I’m convinced that a guardian angel was riding shotgun with me, guiding my hands and soothing my racing heart.

Today wasn’t just about surviving an Italian driving test; it was about recognizing the unseen forces that sometimes steer our wheels and our fates.

Citta Del Castello Cathedral (1)

Thanking God for saving my life

Citta Del Castello Cathedral (1)

As I continue to indulge in the finer things in life and write my adventures, both on and off the road, I carry with me the lesson of today’s escapade: even in our most lone, adrenaline-fueled moments, we are never truly alone. There’s a touch of the divine, a whisper of celestial watchfulness in every near miss and every perfectly timed brake.

So, here I am, sipping a well-deserved glass of prosecco, toasting to life’s little miracles and the angels who know a thing or two about Italian autostradas.

Tomorrow, I might just take the Bentley out—after all, if you’re going to flirt with destiny on Italian highways, you might as well do it with 640 horsepower under your fingertips.

Remember, life is breathtakingly fleeting and absurdly beautiful—much like an Italian road trip. Keep your eyes on the road, your hands upon the wheel, and perhaps, say a little prayer. For in the grand tapestry of our lives, every thread counts, every near miss is a stitch in time, and every saved second is a testament to something greater than ourselves watching over us. And who knows? Maybe tomorrow’s drive might just be another story for the gods.