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.