We embarked on the two and a half hour drive from Maranello to Genga.
The majority of the drive was on the Autostrada which definitely made the drive easier. The Autostrada is a toll road which you get a ticket from the entry road and pay when exiting. Be careful not to exit through an Autopass lane as if your vehicle isn’t Autopass registered then you’ll be in for a hefty fine.
When driving on the Autopass, slower cars stick to the right and overtaking cars in the left lane(s). I learnt that Italians have no idea of personal space when driving. They will get right up your back or cut in right in front of you and think nothing of it. Also, none of them use indicators for changing lane.
When we got to Genga we headed straight to the Frasassi caves. These caves are naturally made and over 2 million years old. They are the largest caves in Europe and truly spectacular.
As beautiful as the photos are, they do not compare to real life.
The guide was really informative with perfect English. She also pointed out some of the illustrations I the stalagmites and stalactites such as the witches head.
For dinner we went to a nearby restaurant called La Scaletta.
This was totally a treat meal. We had pasta cooked to perfection to start and steaks for main. The menu was in full Italian so even my broken Italian did not depict some of the dishes. We found that the Google translate app will translate from a photo which was really helpful though. The steaks were cooked on the rare side of what you asked for so I’d recommend asking for the next above what you normally eat. Otherwise the food was excellent. The house wine was also superb. We were rolling out of there and into our beds.
Next stop Civita di Bagnoregio.