1. Pick your ride
Touch down at Milan’s Malpensa Airport, then head to its Avis branch to collect your trusty steed. The Avis Prestige collection offers the Maserati Ghibli GranLusso and Maserati Levante GranSport.
For this trip, my friends and I start off driving the Levante, Maserati’s first foray into sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and its bestselling model, particularly in China, which is now the marque’s biggest market. I’m not planning to do any off-road driving; I just want a high-riding, sturdy-yet-stylish 4x4 that affords me a sense of comfort and safety while cruising Italy’s narrow, winding roads.
The Levante’s sexy Italian curves make sure other drivers know who is the queen of the road.
My journey has been mapped out for me by the Maserati team. It’s an itinerary that celebrates la dolce vita—the sweet life—and introduces me to beautiful countryside, fine food, rich culture and, of course, the thrill of the open road.