We call my sister’s car the Green Machine. It’s a two door, light green, no air conditioning Hyundai hatchback. In the States it looks weird and out of place but here it totally fits in. Cecilia learned to drive a manual car just before arriving here. Actually, Micah gave her lessons back in Seattle. We were a little worried about her skills but we didn’t need to be since she now drives like an Italian (not sure if that’s good or bad). She’s a pro but still gets a little nervous up hills and mountains.
We were driving around when she said we were taking the Green Machine up the mountain to Asiago. With a lot of backseat encouragement she made it up the mountain fine. There were a few scary moments when drivers headed down and zoomed past us on narrow steep curves.
Asiago is a really cute village. It’s a strange but great mix of Germany/Switzerland and Italy.
Cecilia enjoying Asiago.
We wandered around the town for a while and then decided to walk up to the WWII memorial. It was a little overcast but it seemed to make for good pictures.
Micah and Cecilia headed up the stairs
Micah and I posing over the town
Besides being famous for it’s cheese, Asiago is also famous for a type of cured meat called Speck. We bought some for lunch and stopped on the way down the hill to document the altitude.
We stocked up on meats and cheeses to enjoy while watching USA vs Slovenia at lunch. This evening we’re headed to dinner and the opera in Verona. We’re very excited.
We really loved Asiago and are glad Cecilia agreed to drive to it. It’s a town we would have probably skipped if we didn’t have access to a car. It take 45 minutes to drive there from her house but takes 4 hours to get to via train. It makes us wonder what other little towns we’ve missed out on during our travels because we didn’t rent a car.
Are you a foot/public transport traveler or a drive/rent-a-car traveler?