A Fiat Panda 4x4... up Mount Etna

Sometime later, we pad down the hill, send the Panda home and retire to the airport, convinced that the feeling of portent leaking from Etna was all in our imagination.

We were - of course - wrong. As we boarded our plane home, Mount Etna erupted, spewing a small trickle of molten lava down the side of the mountain a couple of hundred feet from where we were stuck. Which goes to prove two things: one, that Pandas always fare better out in the wild, and two, that the bit about avoiding smoking mountains remains terribly good advice.

(Words: Tom Ford, Pics: Justin Leighton)