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I've always been deeply interested in Italy. The history, the cars, the food, the people, their unique way of life, I just loved all of it. For years I've wanted to go experience it, and recently I spent 12 days exploring most of Northern Italy driving between Milan, Modena, and the northern lakes. I drove the whole time too, and while I got to see some beautiful things, it wasn't without its headaches.

In a country with a rich automotive history as Italy, there are bound to be some special automotive museums scattered around the place. On my last trip to Italy I went to some of the more obvious ones such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Pagani. This trip I was in search of some lesser known museums. And located in the outskirts of Milan in a place called Arese, not far from the headquarters of Zagato and Touring Superleggera, is perhaps the best automotive museum in the world.

If there's one thing I learned on my recent trip to Italy, it's that style matters. Looking good is more important than looking where you're going. So it's no wonder the storied art of coachbuilding -- creating customised bodies for cars -- is still well and truly alive in the nondescript town of Arese, Northern Italy. Here you'll find the headquarters of two of the most famous and important names in coach building: Zagato and Touring Superleggera.

Life, as they say, is full of surprises. But how many of them are genuine? Every now and then something pops up that’ll genuinely catch you off guard. That’s the case with my recent drive on the Akagi touge, or officially known as the Joumo-Sanzan Panorama Highway, in the 2018 Honda Civic Type R. And it’s where I lived out the legal, daytime version of everyone’s Initial Dfantasies.

Villa d'Este brings up all those romantic images of Italy. The villa itself is 145 years old and surrounded by a private park and overlooks Lake Como - you know, the place where George Clooney has a house. It's all very fancy like and the perfect place for a "competition of elegance," a Concours d'Elegance, if you will.

Australia: home to some of the weirdest and most dangerous animals in the world, kangaroo-proofing for SUVs, and the world's largest supplier of Hemsworths. For a country with as much land and space as Australia there's one thing they have been short on - Paganis. Before this year the total number of Paganis in Australia was one. Just one. Enter the Pagani Raduno Pacific Run, the first Pagani rally south of the equator.

For decades, the most extreme cars you could buy from Italy came from two companies: Ferrari and Lamborghini. And they're still incredible, no doubt. But these days one upstart automaker makes cars so insane they make the old guard look like they're cranking out economy cars. Welcome to a rally for Pagani owners.