Following in the four wheels of Cary Grant and Grace Kelly in Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief, guests at a trio of Four Seasons hotels can this summer take a vintage car onto the open road for adventures around the French Riviera and Italy.
A 1961 Giulietta Spider, a Mercedes-Benz 190 SL Cabrio and a Porsche 356 Speedster (made iconic by James Dean) are among the open-top options for the En Route to La Dolce Vita experience, which is being offered from early May by Le Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, the Four Seasons Hotel Milano and the Four Seasons Hotel Firenze.
Each leg of these fully personalisable trips (from €3,240 per day, one way) will involve between five and eight hours on the road, depending on the number of stops and how long is taken lingering over lunch – which the Four Seasons can arrange at hard-to-book restaurants like La Pinède in Cap d’Ail on the Riviera for fish, or Manuelina in Genova for first-rate focaccia.
Itineraries along these sumptuously scenic routes can take in anything from ancient hillside villages in Liguria to balsamic vinegar-making classes in Modena, and special picnic baskets prepared by the hotel chefs will be provided for the journeys. Valet parking and luggage packing are also included, and for peace of mind a “chase car” is laid on in case there’s a need for mechanical support or directions (there’s also the option of travelling in this modern car at any stage, should guests tire of the wind in their hair or too much Mediterranean sun).