Well that's the whole idea of owning a Spider, isn't it?
It's not a super-car by a long shot; however, it is better looking than most super-cars and it has enough performance (yes, even the 2.2) to get out of it's own way. And the handling (especially with my stiffer springs) is acceptable especially when driven in such a way that you might get a ticket but you won't be taken directly to jail. Besides, the Spider is not supposed to be a super-car. If somebody want's that, they should look elsewhere.
It is also not a true GT car; i.e. something you use to eat up miles in comfort on a long trip. But it is a wonderful Sunday cruiser or a car for the kind of trip you just made. In other words, a trip when you're not necessairly in a hurry to get there.
Put the top down, look around, stop and take a picture, or pause for 30 minutes to have a coffee for no real reason, take your time, and enjoy the scenery. That's how I use mine and the Spider is perfect for me.
Interestingly, there aren't very many Spiders on the road here in Italy, or at least I don't see many of them. Quite often I get a "BELLA" from an adult stranger when I'm parking or departing but I get the biggest kick out of watching a young kid around 8 or 10 years old look at my car, look up at his Dad, and say, "bella macchina".
The Italian children, even quite young ones, instinctively know a thing or two about style and aren't easily taken in by bling. When I'm riding my Ducati Monster, I get a similar reaction. Kids will pass up a much more powerful and faster Japanese super-bike, even ones covered with garish factory-racing-style decals, and have a long close look at my red Ducati. It makes me smile and as far as I'm concerned, that's the whole purpose of a toy.