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The Northern Tour: Italian Discoveries of Serenity in a Lamborghini
Last Updated on Saturday, 2 June 2012 12:25
Written by ARtvKimatni
Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

The compassion of our hearts and souls yearns to be mystified by exploration, discovery and enlightenment. Thus, journeying to breathtaking hideaways and captivating lands far from home is what keeps us evolutionary. So when the time for a much needed vacation breeches your mundane routine then answer the call with a travel itinerary that will lead you somewhere spectacular such as the enchanting grounds of the Portofino and Fiesole areas in northern Italy. And if you want to capture the natural fluidity of Italian style then acquire the keys to a requisite sports car to complete the fantasy. I think a Lamborghini Gallardo will suit the occasion just fine.

Our Northern Tour began with a proclamation from Lamborghini to celebrate the range of their most successful vehicle in the company’s history: the Gallardo. With over 12,000 units sold since inception, the Gallardo is a driving compulsion and accentuates what a perennial sports car should look and feel like. The Bull’s V10 engine, carbon fiber laden sculpture and exotic lines leave one with no choice but to drive it proudly and exuberantly as if they conceived it themselves. For Lamborghinis are iconic and some of the most important supercars of the modern day era.

We landed in Milano, Italy  with verve and social anxiety  to be back in the land of saints, philosophers, architects and designers. A three hour drive would bring us to our lunch gathering at Ristorante LaTaverna del Gallo Nero in the small township of Varese Ligure. The atmosphere was reminiscent of biblical nativity scenes where evangelists and archbishops sat at long wooden tables in stone castle dens for dinner. Shortly after lunch we drove off as a team of six down the narrow brick streets of Varese Ligure in grand style. Of course our disposition while touring the serenity of Italy’s countryside in an Italian symbol of mobility was congenial. Mostly all were infatuated with the brigade of colorful Gallardos passing by with pride. Kids cheered joyfully, adults gazed with amazement and businessmen snickered.

The end of the day led us up the winding driveway of Hotel Splendido in Portofino which overlooked the Mediterranean Sea. It was a momentous day of driving.  The property’s narrative is Victorian luxury with modern relaxation accoutrements. It’s home to well-established guests looking for extraordinary measures of enchantment and compelling testimonies of harmony.

The next morning we had breakfast on the terrace while enjoying the beauty of the Mediterranean amongst a strong morning light. The agenda was to tour Forte dei Marmi two hours away for lunch and then head to Fiesole for the evening. I’m sure if anyone was asleep we awoke them with the roar of a half dozen V10 Lamborghini engines. My first choice to begin the journey was the Blu Caelum LP550-2 Spyder. 

A warm welcome by the town’s occupants followed our arrival to Fiesole where we would camp like posh aristocrats at the historical Villa San Michele. Originally erected in 1411, the estate was first an oratory before its conversion into a monastery and later becoming private property. In 1982 the Orient Express claimed rights to the majestic villa-themed hotel and to this day its management poignantly caters to the social elite with fulfilling experiences of compelling testimony.

Our last day of driving featured mostly highway jaunts to Lamborghini’s headquarters, company museum and factory in Sant’Agata Bolognese. This time I went with the menacing Super Troefeo. There was no time for child’s play and full throttle would be my mission for the remainder of the expedition.

Oktoberfest in Munich Experienced: Come one, Come all
Last Updated on Sunday, 25 September 2011 01:21
Written by ARtvKimatni
Sunday, September 25th, 2011

It’s a very surreal sensation when you finally experience a long heard about fair, festival or carnival in proper fashion. Many times in my travels have such opportunities presented themselves, like Carnival in Rio ten years ago. I can still vividly recall every detail of that excursion. Well, the same happened over the weekend after paying respect to the birthplace of BMW, the land of Bavaria, following a test drive of the new 2012 M5 a day prior in Spain. The thrilling moment was called Oktoberfest. You’ve heard of it, yes?

I was highly fascinated over the “one, two” punch received in Munich and surely didn’t know what to expect from the world’s largest beer fest, which attracts over 6 million people from around the world September 17 to October 3. Though, I’m not sure why they call it Oktoberfest since the majority of the festivities are held in September. The exciting period repeats itself in the spring and is aptly dubbed Spring Fest. (more…)

Stick with One Airline: Life “is” Greener on the Other Side
Last Updated on Monday, 21 February 2011 03:43
Written by ARtvKimatni
Monday, February 21st, 2011

We all have dreams of lying beachside along the Caribbean or Mediterranean Seas while the sun roasts our skin and Mojitos quench our thirst.  A cool breeze and a great novel wouldn’t hurt either. Or maybe the destination is business related and requires you to attend a car show in Tokyo or a fashion show in Paris. But no matter how deep the inception, we still have to get there by train, plane or automobile. And if it’s by plane, then by all means please stick to one airline or their corresponding partner alliance. (more…)

2012 Audi A6 Tested in Sicily
Last Updated on Monday, 14 February 2011 10:52
Written by ARtvKimatni
Monday, February 14th, 2011

Winters can be miserable and winters can be aspirational. Back home in Maryland there is snow everywhere. So the day drifts patiently into gloom if you allow it. However, in Sicily, Italy there are wondrous mountains, tight, winding roads, succulent recipes and fresh breezes from the Mediterranean Sea to jolt enthusiasm into your day. There was also the all-new 2012 Audi A6 which Automotive Rhythms was able to sample in every aspect like a football team at a buffet. The German sports sedan represents a technological roadmap of where the brand has been and where it decidedly is headed; undeniably in the right direction.


Tour Amsterdam & Stay at Hotel De L’Europe
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 December 2010 12:13
Written by ARtvKimatni
Thursday, December 16th, 2010

It’s interesting that I leave for Amsterdam this weekend and come across press info on Hotel De L’Europe. It’s a little too late to book my stay at the elaborate hotel, but I have been invited for lunch and a tour. Here is detailed information on the Dutch property.

Overview: Originally built in 1896, hotel De L’Europe is located in the heart of Amsterdam opposite Munt Tower, overlooking the Amstel River. Synonymous with refined taste and quiet elegance, De L’Europe is often referred to as the other “Royal Palace of Amsterdam,” continuing to attract the city’s power menagerie and an assortment of the world’s most celebrated names.


A Tour to the Rolls-Royce Factory in Goodwood
Last Updated on Monday, 15 November 2010 01:18
Written by ARtvKimatni
Monday, November 15th, 2010

Every quest has a beginning. For the owner of a Rolls-Royce it begins in Goodwood, England in the southern region of the country. Here is where the new environmental-friendly factory and corporate headquarters combo for the British automaker were built just five years ago. Here is where dreams come true for individuals blessed with inconceivable privilege and celebrity. To fulfill my temporary appetite for the finer things in life, I decided to spend two days in storied Goodwood while playing the role of the young Crown Prince from Qatar whose fervor and sensibility yearned for truly original ideas and outcomes.


Cigarette Racing’s custom 46′ Rider
Last Updated on Sunday, 14 November 2010 10:45
Written by ARtvKimatni
Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

This is what you call smoke on water. Inspired by the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, Cigarette Racing’s custom 46′ Rider features a pair of  twin-turbocharged, 1350 HP engines, capable of propelling the boat to speeds in excess of 130 mph. AMG adds its mark with hand-applied AMG ALUBEAM Silver and AMG Designo Mystic White paint in a slick design echoing the AMG logo. Inside, the boat features marine-grade upholstery that resembles the two-tone AMG Designo porcelain and white Nappa leather offered on the SLS. Where do I sign up?

Touring Scotland in a Bentley Mulsanne: Quintessential Imagery
Last Updated on Sunday, 14 November 2010 10:52
Written by ARtvKimatni
Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

“I’ll make the place famous,” a young conquistador once alleged regarding his intentions to rule the kingdom. Well, such a place does exist. The infamous Loch Ness in Scotland’s Highlands decidedly drew our attention to the province’s salient landscapes, romantic ruins, historical monster myths and conspicuous castles where we studied, rested, dined and danced. And why not romance the region in Bentley’s greatest achievement yet; a 5700-pound, hand-carved British statement that sails from 0 to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds and is grander than any achievement ever set forth by Parliament