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Car repairs, painting and selling used cars on the Amalfi Coast…

I recently discovered an amazing reality, only a few kilometres from Amalfi about halfway between Amalfi and Ravello. The company is called Auto Cioffi and their web site is www.autocioffi.it and their Facebook page is here https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=auto%20cioffi&epa=SEARCH_BOX.

But the web site and the Facebook page really tell very little about the company and their activity. These guys are amazing. The boss Luigi has been working now for 45 years and he is still the first to arrive in the morning and the last to leave, as well as the hardest worker, he almost never stops. What do they do?? Kind of everything.

The main activity is car sales and car repairs, so they have usually about 20 to 25 cars in stock to sell. In addition they have a paint shop with a massive computer controlled paint mixing system. Plus an oven for painting the cars which is big enough for the biggest SUVs and which gets up to about 80 degrees C. Plus they also have a Blackhawk Car Straightening System, an amazing machine which enables you to realign a car after a heavy smash and or just to check that a car is straight.

And I have now seen all of this in action!! The main man (Luigi) is truly amazing, his panel beating skills are worthy of a YouTube film, and he employs a guy (Paolo) a full time spray painter with talent. They are an amazing team and Manuela (Luigi’s daughter) is the office lady who coordinates their work and tries to keep them more or less under control.

The results?? Well, these guys offer more or less a complete “servicenolimits” service to car owners in Ravello and along the Amalfi Coast! Luigi’s son Leo has a tyre business next door, so they offer a total car service. They collect a car and fit new tyres, change the oil and filter, repair some body damage and return the car. Stunning. Some photos below.

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A bike trip, down to the south of Spain this time.

My lovely Yamaha FJR1300 cannot wait to stretch her long legs. We have booked a week in a lovely place near Malaga and I was thinking of taking a flight, fast and easy of course. BUT I really prefer a trip by bike and I love Spain, so I have booked a ferry from Civitavecchia (near Roma) over to Barcelona and then I will ride down to Malaga, about 1100 kms so either a long day or perhaps 2 days with a B and B on the way, I will decide nearer the time.

Taking the motorway all the way (instead of the ferry) would be a 2300km ride each way from Roma so I decided on the ferry which takes a painful 20 hours but hey, too much motorway also becomes very boring. So I have opted for the sea route. I did the same trip a few years ago down to Alicante and really enjoyed myself, I know a wonderful place to eat in Valencia which is about half way down through Spain. Perfect.

Below are a few pics from previous trips, with various Yamahas.

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A truly wonderful gastronomic discovery, just off the motorway near Fidenza, km90…

I discovered this place by chance on my last trip to the UK. I was in the north of Italy and I needed some fuel so I left the motorway to search for a petrol station and I found one and filled up. I was also feeling hungry so I looked around for food and I found this place:

https://www.km90.it/ Fidenza, Exit A1 circa 200 metres from Fidenza Outlet Village

Wow. What an amazing place and lunch. I ate and looked round the place with amazement and I bought some gifts to take with me to the UK, the selection and the quality of the food was truly amazing and the prices excellent too. Look at the photos I took:

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Another rapid van trip through Europe…

Last week I headed north, destination the UK where I was due to deliver 2 motorbikes to my favourite bike shop where they would be sold. So I prepared my trusty Mercedes Vito van, checking the tyres plus oil and water and packing the 2 bikes snugly into the rear, luckily they are both slim bikes so this was not difficult.

Well my schedule is now quite well rehearsed, I left Roma at 5am Sunday morning with a hotel booking in lovely Chamonix in my pocket, 815 km north in the French Alps just the other side of the Mont Blanc tunnel. I love the Mercure Chamonix and as I have stayed many times they usually give me a free upgrade plus a VIP free drink when I arrive, large cold beer if possible please!

The next morning at dawn I left the hotel and headed north. The French motorways are fantastic and in general very free flowing. And for the first time I was travelling with the new European Telepass which covers Italy plus France, Spain and Portugal so I did not have to stop and pay for the French motorway tolls, I just go through the designated Telepass lane. Progress was so good that I stopped for lunch, fuel and a van wash near Reims and I then decided to crack on for Calais as I always travel with an open ferry ticket, so I get onto the next ferry.

Onto the P&O Ferry and over to the UK and then just a short trip up to Cambridge, some food and then an early night!