This was my first jaunt across the ocean to the mythical land of small diesel cars everywhere and socially acceptable smoking, and as such I felt I needed to do something car related that would blow my tiny mind.

Enter my lovely wife who found this tour online , and thanks to incorrectly listed pricing, I was able to drive this Ferrari for 90 minutes dirt cheap.

The California T is, for all intents and purposes, an “entry level” Ferrari. I use that term irresponsibly loose because sticker price is somewhere north of 150% of the value of my house. Take that, poors.

This was my first time ever driving a proper super car, the tension of which exacerbated by being my first time driving in a foreign country. I had ridden several sport bikes in the past, but the quickest thing on 4 wheels I had ever piloted was an F body trans am.   

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The car was only as intimidating as I let it be, much to my relief, and was perfectly content to spend a lazy afternoon puttering around Florence in light traffic. The dual clutch gearbox was perfect. I had never played with a proper dual clutch before, but I’m now a fan. I would gladly take any Ferrari with flappy paddles should my pockets not be deep enough to procure one with 3 pedals.

This car in particular had 33,000 Kms on the clock, most of which I can assume were hard won. The car was holding up quite well, save the outer bolster on the drivers seat, and some dings that needed a day with a good PDR guy.

I kept it between the lines, enjoying the scenery and trying to have as much low speed fun as I could. The cars performance as a daily is very nearly perfect, with a firm but not rough ride and handling that felt glued to the asphalt. It was insanely quick, I only opened it up one or two good times and barely got to 6K rpms before being sufficiently scared, er, reminded to respect the machine.

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My only complaint would be that the steering was almost *too* light. Okay, classic Jalop whining I know. The California had an electric rack, which suited the grand touring vibe of the car, but left a smidgen to be desired in terms of feel.

This was the best day of my life. I can’t explain why I love cars the way I do, I just do. The experience was absolutely resplendent and I will be returning to Florence at some point to take a spin in one of their other cars.

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Enjoy a photo of my instructor, the car, and 1/3 of my dopey face.