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Hi all went to Rome the other week for 4 days guess how many GT's and 916 spiders we saw? 3!!!! 2 GT 1 spider I was devastated I have 3 spiders of my own PH 1,2 & 3 plus a GT thought about taking mine across to show them what they are! Still they have Smart cars aplenty which shows a little good taste ha ha

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I had exactly the same experience, saw a 147 in a very tatty condition and a twin spark GTV that was parked up covered in dust - looked like it hadn't moved in a few years.

I did see a lovely Alfa Van though need to find me one of them!

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I lived in Italy for a year, half in Rome, half in Milan. Rome is the city of the mini cars, nothing else survives there with the nonexistant parking spots, 4th century roads and Ben-hur style drivers. I took my V6 GTV there and they saw me as a hero, even the crazy ones from Club AlfaSport. In Milan things were different, lots of big Alfas there, most of them 147s, 156s, 166s and 159s.

Italy has never been the right place to own big engined road cars, and even less if they dont serve as a practical vehicle. Taxes, insurance and fuel, compared with day life expenses are outrageous. One of the reasons the TB exists is because absolutely nobody in that country was willing to pay the road tax for the 3.0 V6 engine.

As my classic car restorer colleague used to say: Italy is the country were super cars are made but never driven.
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