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The word ‘Siesta’ comes from the Latin meaning of the sixth hour (of light), which is around midday. For the northern Europeans this culture of sleeping mid-day is very strange and can be seen as lazy. However, after a long lunch with courses of pasta, breads and meats one usually requires a power nap followed by a passegiata, a short walk to blow away the cobwebs, and one can then begin again late afternoon with vigour and energy!
The automobile is one of Italy's greatest products. In addition to the Fiat brand, Fiat owns the Lamborghini, Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo and Chrysler brands. For those who have a passion for cars and speed, a visit to Monza during the first two weeks in September will see the F1 race with the Ferrari fans out in force.