For baby boomer travelers, what could possibly be more fun than touring the Tuscan countryside of Florence, Italy in a classic 1960s Fiat 500?
As we were planning our two-week journey to Italy, the 500 Touring Club of Firenze (Florence) wrote and asked if we might like to experience their wine tasting tour. It took us about a milli-second to say YES!
The Fiat 500, similar to the American “Love Bug”, is an instantly recognizable symbol of Italian style and the 1950s/60s European social liberation.
The 500 Touring Club has six classic Fiats that are original in every detail, and playfully named Ezio, Giacomo, Paola, Olivia, Roberto, and Topsy.
Giacomo, our Fiat for the tour, is considered the playboy of the group. A 1977 Fiat 500 L , he was unveiled with perfect timing alongside the introduction of mini-skirts and discotheques into Italian society.
Giuseppe and Andrea, the so-called 500 Club ringleaders, offer their guests a classic driving tour, a picnic tour, a wine-tasting tour, a wine-making tour, a dinner tour, and if you ask nice, even customized specialty tours.
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The couple combined their years of entrepreneurship with a love of travel and set off to see if they could build success. The Roaming Boomers do occasionally accept free lodging, food and other gifts, but disclose that in their posts. They hope to build an audience of Baby Boomers who join them vicariously on their adventures. But they also hope to instill their love of travel so that the coming bubble of 79 million Boomers will join them.