Travel: Italy By Vintage Car

Zipping around the Tuscan hills in a Maserati is fun, but those who really want to take their time and enjoy the view should grab the keys to a vintage Fiat 1300. The company Vintage Car Tour offers driving tours of Italy in perfectly restored Fiat, Alfa Romeo and Lancia automobiles. The idea was the brainchild of three vintage- car aficionados—an American, an Italian and a Belgian—who wanted to offer a slower approach to seeing the country.

Five separate itineraries include gourmet meals and accommodations in luxe historic villas and picturesque castles. A host valet/mechanic meets guests at their hotel each night to check tire pressure, wash and polish the vehicle and plan the next day's adventure. The Amalfi Coast trip includes a private side excursion by motorboat to the island of Capri, as well as lessons in how to make limoncello and mozzarella ($10,000 per person for five nights).

The Rome to Milan tour starts with a vintage Vespa jaunt around the Italian capital and ends with a private classical-music concert in Milan, with a stop at the Ferrari museum along the way. This trip includes a private vintage-car stick-shift lesson to make sure drivers are ready for the road ($14,000 per person for seven nights). There is even a Tuscany With the Kids option, which includes vineyard tours for Mom and Dad while the kids learn to make pizza or ice cream ($10,850 per person for seven nights, with a supplement for a second child).

The fleet features some of Italy's greatest old cars, including the Alfa Romeo Spider and the Lancia Aurelia—all updated with mod cons like GPS and air conditioning. And for those who don't feel like doing the driving themselves, chauffeurs are also available (vintagecartour.com).