Thank you, I'm very flattered!
Mark, I am so glad you are enjoying my old car! Thanks for a fantastic write up. You should write a book. We are doing a similar trip in September and your notes have been extremely helpful for us. Once again, a big thank you for some very interesting reading.
Thanks Mark! I must say the more times I read your piece the more I like it! It's bloody fantastic!
Well done that man!! Great "book" thanks for sharing. Done lots of road trips, I will now start preparing for next year (pinching some of your route).
I really envy your dedication in producing something like this. I have done quite a few trips (Swiss Alps, French Alps and Pyrenees) and have enough to talk about. While I'm on the trip I take photos and hold the memories but when I get home I never sit down and do what you have! The road to hell is paved with good intentions, they say!
A truly wonderful piece bringing back memories of a similar journey of my own!
I made it to the end of your story! We spent two weeks doing the same this July in our 981 Cayman S. Can only agree with your sentiments.
The Susten Pass is magnificent, but is worth trying the Nufenen Pass next time you go too, which starts at Airolo. We too did the N500 through the Black Forest on a sweltering Sunday. Not recommended. I keep trying to persuade my friend in his 360 to give it a try, but he won't do the miles. His loss. Hope others take a look at your website. Cheers
What an informative humorous read, totally loved it & look forward to hearing more on your up & coming travels & adventures. Music to your video perfect!
Utterly brilliant, inspiring and very readable from first to last. Will be taking our 360 Modena (yellow) down to Modena next year and this log of your journey will be an invaluable guide as where to go and, more importantly, where not to go...
Loved the inset videos which bought the places alive.
Thanks very much for your efforts and I hope we enjoy our trip as much as you obviously did.
Beautifully compiled and an informative read, all with an easy style and humour. Really excellent work Mark.
Fantastic write up, many thanks for taking to time to share. Looks like a great trip, we did something similar last year in my 147 GTA. There is something special about taking an Italian car back home! Was interested in your hotel recommendations as I'm off to Como next year in my Bullitt Mustang, can't wait!
Well done guys. Stunning scenery and a very good read. Looks like an absolute blast. Congrats.
What a great trip! Very entertaining to read!!! I came over here via the Pistonheads forum. Great to see a Ferrari actually gets driven and not stays parked in garages for 40 years. I would like to do a similar trip in my Ferrari 'brother' (Fiat Barchetta). Thanks for this.
Echo other remarks. Thanks for sharing, Mark. One day I plan on doing this and reading of your journey really whets the appetite.
Great write up. Was out there doing many of the same passes only 3 weeks ago in our Porsche. Have to agree about Susten Pass. Nufenen Pass also one of our favs.
This is such a fantastic read - thank you. I haven't finished it yet though, as I'm reading a little bit each morning whilst contemplating getting up!
We're heading off on our 4th Euro Tour road trip in September (2nd in the 348). There's some good tips on your blog. We've booked a stay at Luxembourg City too, and your description of it, makes it sound like a perfect spot. Probably about the 8th or 9th trip taking the 348 into Europe. It's so good, I don't really bother driving it here anymore. Packing it all in is always a challenge. We have to keep any space behind the seats free for the roof. That basically leaves the boot only for luggage. Fortunately, my wife does not need 10 pairs of shoes to enjoy a holiday!
Great read but more I importantly great work for actually USING your car for the purpose intended. We do a European tour every other year (the wife and I now on our own but with the kids when we had 2+2) and a European race / rally with my eldest son every year.
Every Ferrari I have had has been totally reliable and indeed most have only made true sense on these kind of trips. Your planning is impressive having over the years increasingly moved towards a 'let's-just-go-and-decide-on-the-way approach' and of course you discovered what everyone who hasn't done this hasn't: Driving in the UK has become a utter misery in comparison and our roads are an international disgrace.
You however will go straight to hell for short-shifting that 360 on that mountain pass video but I suspect your driving sans-spouse is adjusted to suit.
Anyway well done sir - made my day.
This is brilliant Mark, really good, very informative & interesting, I've given a friend the link, he should enjoy it because of his love of Ferrari.
Great stuff, haven't read it all yet but I will do shortly. I am doing a similar trip in September, not quite a Ferrari 360 but should still be fun in my BMW 335i. I have done it before in a TDI Skoda and that was great fun!
Great read, thoroughly enjoyed it, some good tips as I have yet to do a European drive. The lakes are a must for me and Switzerland looks amazing and of course parking in front of the old Ferrari gates to get that magic picture (coming home) priceless.
Can I ask about the little cuddly cow?? Is there a story behind it or did I miss something in reading the journey. Or just something you take on all your trips around the world. My mate takes a Lego man to everywhere he visits.
Great read Mark, well done for taking the time to do this huge write up and incorporate it into a web site,
All the best
Really good write up, especially interesting as we are considering a similar trip next year.
Thanks for taking the trouble to write it. It would make a good article for the Ferrari Owners Club magazine. Well done! An excellent write up. Would love to make the same trip to Maranello but have a sneaking desire to do it in a McLaren…
Thank you for posting that. It may well be a few years before my wife and I go on hols without the children so I will have to keep my near identical 360 to replicate the trip you have just done. I also use Migliore in Bromsgrove and have visited several places you did on your trip.
I also had the same reaction to the train ticket lady to go to the top of the Jungfrau going over the glacier on the zip wire at the top was great and me and the two kids did it, kids were 8 & 5 at the time, I think....
Once again thanks for sharing and I am glad you've had a great trip.
That was a great read - I thought I would only quickly click on it and then go to sleep... Read it beginning to end - very good effort and sounds like an amazing trip. Makes me want to go for a drive to hear the engine sing .
Thank you for taking the time to put this together.
What a fantastic account of your road trip!
Thanks for posting , it made a very enjoyable read over lunch in the office. I am going to take delivery of a new Cayman S later this year and would like to do a European road trip down to the Italian Lakes possibly Spring or Autumn next year so the tips will be useful!
Loved it many thanks Mark.
I enjoyed reading your tour diary. I am recently back from a 2500mi journey over 10 days (7 guys, 7 cars, no passengers) in my 2002 SL55 AMG. Your closing thoughts are bang-on. Well done for digesting and summarizing a 2 week trip. It is hard to convey the experience to others that have never been there.
Great read and a fab howling V8 soundtrack ;)
Hi Mark, great website. I have had a 360 for 7 years now and have meant to take it down to Italy but never found the time. I think you may have just given me the inspiration to do so...
I hope you have many more European adventures in your 360.
Thanks to all who took the time to let me know what you thought. It is very, very much appreciated.