My wife and I are travelling to the region of Parma for the first time and the more we're reading around and watching various clips and programmes on internet channels about the area, the more excited we are getting.. We're going at the beginning of September and now I am visibly quaking and beside myself with excitement...
We have explored quite a few other parts of Italy on short breaks and holidays and I am already in love with the country, but I think this time it will be a bit different as it's going to be less of a commercialised tourist hot spot and hopefully it will be just as much fun if not more. One of the very different things will be we are hiring a car for the first time as we've never had to do this before. From looking on Google maps, the place we're staying in near Bardi is a good hour and more away from the main cities, one or maybe 2 of which we would love to go and visit for a day.
Here's are my questions; doing the route planning suggests that usually the quicker routes have several toll roads. We've never used our sat nav abroad before but I think we'll be able to suss out how to plan a route without tolls. Are the tolls really that expensive? Is it worth making sure we have lots of change in Euros ie are they electronic coin bins or manned by humans?
Also, is the Gutturnio wine of Piacenza as nice and as readily available as the Lambrusco?