Highway of the Flowers from Nice to Genova (from the break of day) may be the most beautiful stretch of road in the world. It is an engineering marvel of tunnels, bridges and grainy asphalt slithering alongside the shimmering Mediterranean.
We go straight up through the Pre-Alpine range in northern Italy. The sights are unsurpassed.
Pastel towns and villages in various stages of undress emerge at all angles on every turn.
Spires, a diversity of wild foliage interrupted by pristine farmlands, and ancient and modern structures side by side, testify to the fleeting permanence of life.
This road drives well too. Viva L'Italia.