Supercar of the Year 2012: Ferrari F12
The fastest Ferrari ever is our supercar of the year
Posted: 07 Jan 2013
Turns out Abetone is on the border of Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany, which means it was an international crossing post well into the 19th century. It would be a forgotten village now, but for the fact you can ski there, so it has a few apartment blocks and a cheesy disco-bar called the White Wolf. Today is a perfect warm autumn day, so there'll be no slush on the road up there, or slow-moving queues of MPVs with skis on the roof. My route traces the historic artery running unbroken from the Austrian border at the Brenner pass, all the way to Abetone, and actually beyond to Pisa and the coast, and every so often in a village centre you pass giant faded signwriting on buildings indicating how far along you are. The section just beyond Abetone is shut annually for a hillclimb. Noble territory for a Ferrari to visit then. Let's fire up and go. From the Zocca road, it's back down to cross the Panaro river, then up over the next ridge, another of Benuzzi's favourites, down to Pavullo to meet the Abetone road again.