We settled on Genova for our first stop. Found an inexpensive, central hotel that lets us park for 5 EUR a night (in a garage the drive down to which boggles the mind) and has a pull-out bed for Oliver and Alice and Forest Rangers (in Italian) on the TV. Spent this morning at children’s science museum, and off into the windy old streets of the city this afternoon. If I get my way we’ll drive south tomorrow to the other side of Pisa to take in the Vespa museum. It’s 19 degrees and sunny here — I can’t believe our luck with the weather so far.