I’d like to introduce you all to my new friend.

Carino, by me

This is Carino. He is a Fiat 500. He belongs to Toe and his family, and lives in Rome and on the olive farm. His name is my idea, though. “Carino” means cute in Italian. And it starts with the word “car.” Get it?

Carino is the perfect little car for driving around the Italian countryside. He doesn’t go very fast. Sometimes you have to get out and push him down a hill to get him to start. Sometimes you’re not quite sure he’s going to make it up a hill, but he never gives up!

I love cars. Not in the way that guys tend to like cars - I don’t actually know anything about them or how they work and I can’t tell you the make, model or year of a car. But I love driving. And I love driving around in cars with character.*

My first car had character. Her name was Blanche. She was old and white and she had a huge dent in the front (that my sister claims isn’t her fault.. and I know wasn’t my fault…). She had to struggle to reach speed to merge onto the highway. One time, her turn singles stopped working in the middle of winter as I was trying to change lanes and I had to roll down my window and signal by hand. But she was a staple in my group of friends and everyone called her by name.

Carino is a lot like Blanche. Not necessarily reliable, but always an adventure. I even got a chance to drive Carino myself (my first time ever driving a manual transmission!) and I actually did pretty well!

Carino on the Olive Farm, by me

And there are few things better than driving around the Italian countryside with the sun roof down.

*As much as I like cars with character, I like driving fast more. So the next car I get, just like the last one I had, will be new and a Mazda.


  • By Shaun, April 21, 2010 @ 11:50 am

    Not a Marzda? Hehe

  • By Christine Sweeton *The Chris*, April 21, 2010 @ 8:03 pm

    Oh, so cute! I love cars too and also know nothing about them. This car would never last in Canada, I guess I will have to move to Europe to get one.

  • By Faebala, April 22, 2010 @ 3:22 am


    My little car no longer has character. It’s just annoying and expensive to keep up on.

  • By Jes, April 22, 2010 @ 1:37 pm

    so cute! I love him. Cars with character ARE the best. Even though sometimes they give you a hard time.

  • By Amber from Girl with the Red Hair, April 23, 2010 @ 5:25 pm

    Omigoodness that car is TOO CUTE! I would love to whip around the Italian countryside in that little thing!

  • By Rachel Cotterill, April 24, 2010 @ 9:20 am

    That’s just too cute!

  • By S.I.F., April 25, 2010 @ 8:38 am

    Oh that is just gorgeous! I would love to drive through Italy in Carino!

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