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Start/End // Cerda, Si­cily Dis­tance // 45 miles (72km) and – apart from 5 miles (8km) along the coast, good for 200mph (322km/h) when the roads were closed – it’s all ei­ther corkscrew­ing up­hill or twist­ing and turn­ing down. Get­ting there // Palermo, the cap­i­tal of Si­cily, which wel­comes fre­quent flights from all over Europe and plenty of ferry ser­vices from other Ital­ian ports, is just 31 miles (50km) to the west. When to drive // Avoid sum­mer crowds or go very early: ven­tur­ing out at dawn for a pre-break­fast Targa lap is rec­om­mended. What to drive // A Porsche or an Alfa Romeo are to­tally ap­pro­pri­ate, but in Italy, for any­thing re­quir­ing some speed, a Fer­rari can’t be beaten. Where to stay // Lots of ex­cel­lent lit­tle ho­tels along the coast or in the moun­tain vil­lages.

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