I recently took a trip to the motherland to visit some relatives who didn't immigrate to the US. Naturally, as a card-carrying gearhead, I snapped a few shots of rare/interesting cars while there. Our trip started in Rome, drove southeast through the mountains, headed east to the Adriatic, and then southwest to the Tyrrhenian Sea.

There were dozens of old, funky French cars throughout the countryside

I always forget how small these Fiat 500s are—they make the econobox Aveo look enormous

An old Birmingham Small Arms Company motorcycle, an icon of British simplicity an elegance

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In contrast, here's an icon of British opulence.

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I've always loved these Fiat Panda 4x4s

The German and American occupation: part II

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Crown Vic who?

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The UAZ 469, a rugged and archaic Russian workhorse

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The French are back!

"O cock..."

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Spotted this American tourist in Roccamandolfi, a tiny mountain town of 1,000

Of course, we had to remember to stop and enjoy the view along the way.