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by Sandro Pintus

The Mercedes has chosen Tuscany

There is no doubt about it, the Tuscan landscape is fascinating and this fascination has come through again, thanks to its incredible beauty. Its gently delicate flowering hills, the cypresses that lend added magic to the landscape, the colour of the sky and the fascination of its ancient farm houses, impress all who see it. However Nature and Art go arm in arm in Tuscany, therefore Florence and the villages of the Chianti, places that gladden the eyes and the hearts of those who see their houses, palaces, streets, squares and monuments, could not be ignored. In fact two models of Mercedes dating from the Sixties were hosted in the garden of Palazzo Budini-Gattai and have been left there on display as classical objects.

Two vintage Mercedes in the courtyard of Palazzo Butini-Gattai (Foto FAN)
This was why the Mercedes-Benz decided to choose Florence and Tuscany to present its latest model, the SLK.
In fact the famous German car manufacturers created an itinerary between Florence and the Chianti so that all the journalists invited to the kermess could try out its latest creation.

The cars at P.le Michelangiolo (Foto FAN)
One hundred and seventy km through the Chianti countryside where wine and olive oil are the indisputable rulers, famous and appreciated throughout the world. About eight hundred journalists were invited from all over the world to try out the forty brand-new Mercedes-Benz SLK. A real jewel of design and technology, an open car, a two-seater, costing 75 million lire, that anyone would be thrilled to own, especially during the summer months. Thus, for about a month, journalists took it in turns to try out these cars, driving through splendid areas of Tuscan countryside and the beautiful villages of the Chianti.
See also: One hundred and seventy Km in the Chianti with the SLK


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